I remember being in college a few years ago, and my friend in a frat asked me to help hook him up with a gorgeous girl for a date event. I showed him a picture of one of my beautiful friends, who has a gorgeous body, bright blue eyes, and most importantly, a freakin' amazing personality.
He took one look at her, and bluntly said, "I'm sorry, her hair is too short. I can't ask her."
I was shocked. It's 2015, and people still only think long locks is the only way a woman can really be beautiful; well, you're wrong, people. Also, my friend has a stress disorder in which she would pull out her hair, and therefore she had to keep it short.
Nashville actress Clare Bowen recently posted a shocking photo in which she showed off her short-hair look. And might I say, she looks absolutely stunning.
Bowen also wrote a beautiful piece on her Facebook to accompany the photo, describing her battle as a child with end stage nephroblastoma. She was told she didn't have long to live, and spent much of her childhood around children who were missing organs, and even some limbs.
Bowen thankfully survived. When she recently heard the story of a little girl with cancer saying she couldn't be a princess because she didn't have long locks, Bowen knew she had to do something.
She explains that what makes you a princess, warrior, or superhero isn't your looks; it's your insides - even if you happen to be missing a few of them.
Look deeper than skin, hair, nails, and lips. You are who you are in your bones. That is where you have the potential to shine the brightest from. It is where your true beautiful self lives.
Clare also particularly thanked the ABC network for being supportive in cutting off her hair, as her character Scarlett in Nashville is portrayed with long hair.
She's not the only bold lady who has bid her lengthy tresses sayonara! These ravishing - and incredibly talented - actresses have as well. And damn do they look good!
1. Miley Cyrus
" just cut my hair and then it really changed my life. There’s something about having no hair that screams being confident. And I think especially because people like to put people in a box — I mean, the names I’ve been called since I cut my hair. Everyone said I was a lesbian but I’m like, ‘Being a lesbian isn’t a bad thing.'"
[Source: Hollywood Life]
2. Jennifer Lawrence
"The media's expectations of women always having to look perfect is something that really bothers me. I mean, what are you going to do—be hungry every day to make people happy? That's just stupid."
[Source: Teen Vogue]
3. Scarlett Johansson
"I [was] always stuffing it under a wig, so I just cut it off. Everybody kept saying, 'Don't cut your hair! You might hate it!' But, then I thought, Why am I letting other people tell me what to do? "
4. Shailene Woodley
"It was already short so I thought there was a certain strength to providing Tris [character from Divergent] with short hair as well. And also not oversexualizing the character."
5. Emma Watson
"Of course, men like long hair. There's no two ways about it. The majority of the boys around me were like, 'Why did you do that? That's such an error.' And I was like, 'Well, honestly, I don't really care what you think!' I've never felt so confident as I did with short hair - I felt really good in my own skin. If I had it my way, I would have just kept it short forever."
Clare Bowen says that "Self-esteem takes a lot longer to grow back than hair," and I fully agree.
For anyone who refuses to date a woman with short hair, I feel bad that you're going to miss out on experiencing some truly beautiful women. Besides, someone like Jennifer, Miley, Scarlett, or even my own gorgeous friend wouldn't be into you anyway; they're clearly out of your league.