Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is running for president (again), and the beautiful pictures shot by über photographer Annie Leibowitz are a great reason to celebrate, no matter your political affiliation.
The props, the fashion, the interiors and the oh-so-impressive ambience have a big part, of course, in setting the tone and look for each photo shoot. But ignoring the hairstyle? That would be a big mistake.
Whether it is a warm, almost royal look, as if taken from a fairytale.
Or rather a casual, all-American, classic look.
Or maybe, a powerful, I’m-an-important-politicy-maker look.
Whatever look it may be, you’ll be sure to find a relatively-short bob, strictly slicked. No stray, naughty hair strands, no loosely tied bun – everything must be planned and combed to a T.
That’s how it’s done when it comes to ladies of stature, after all. An elegant, put-together look is a must, and it must be by-the-book. And abide by all the rules of protocol.
Queen Sofia of Spain
How do you achieve this powerful total-look? By sticking to a winning set of elements. This set would, more often than not, include: A very specific type of shoes, a power suit, makeup and accessories. And last but certainly not least – the haircut. The very last touch that frames the face and sets the tone for the entire look.
Remember “The Iron Lady”? Her look was not defined only by her timeless suits and bow ties – her hairstyle was a deliberate choice that supported her formal, powerful branding.
Age has to do with this choice. Many times, women who reach a powerful role are also of a certain age – and there aren’t many people who can carry off long, white hair in a graceful and aesthetic way.
Take Queen Margrethe II of Denmark for example. Since it seems she doesn’t want to give up her long hair, she keeps it in a neat up do, with some height at the crown, combed and slicked to perfection:
Queen Margrethe of Denmark
This is also a good solution for younger ladies who want to send a message of being classic and traditional. Many of them will go for an up do that will be a good substitute for a shorter hairstyle. Here, look at Spain’s beautiful Queen Letizia, and the hairstyle she chose to wear under her crown:
Queen Letizia of Spain
We all know First Lady Michelle Obama is a fashionista, but for formal occasions, she often chooses a short and voluminous sleek bob – so her hair is also dressed to impress:
First Lady Michelle Obama
No post about royalty (political or born into) would be complete without THE lady and THE crown, whom apparently knew what works for her even as a young woman, in an official and strict coiffure. Yes, we’re talking about Elizabeth:
And here’s a more up-to-date version, with which you might be more familiar:
All in all, no matter what age you are or what family you were born into, if it’s a message of aristocracy and formality that you want to convey – you might want to go for a chic, short haircut (and that’s even before discussing how convenient it is for everyday). We’d love to help you make it a reality – so just book an appointment and we’ll turn you into a queen!