4. Brigitte Bardot in Contempt (1963)
There’s not much left to say about Bardot—she was one hot babe. But in Contempt, Bardot taught me the power of blond hair. For a stretch here, she wears a black wig; while her curled lips and mean, pouty face are still interesting, she resembles Shirley from Laverne & Shirley. Without her bleached locks, she’s just not as electrifying. Once she steps back on the screen with that tousled blond mess (teased into a sex-kittenish bump and smoothed back by a then-trendy but now comically wide headband), your interest doubles, then triples. Bardot bucked the trend of neat, prim hair—a trick learned by recent It girls Kate Moss and Sienna Miller. Culturally, she made bed-head cool.
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