Not so long ago, in a galaxy far, far away … a very trendy hairstyle was born.
Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan (played by Carrie Fisher), rebel leader, was a memorable character from the original Star Wars trilogy for many reasons, but one of the most imitated is certainly her trademark buns, one positioned each side of her head.
This whacky hairdo had a serious moment after the first Star Wars movie (now known as Episode IV – A New Hope) hit cinemas, becoming the ultimate nerdy girl hairdo before finding its way into fashion magazines and various pop culture phenomena.
In 2002, creator George Lucas said it was his intention with Leia’s hair to “create something different that wasn’t fashion” so, “I went with a kind of Southwestern Pancho Villa woman revolutionary look … The buns are basically from turn-of-the-century Mexico”.
Leia’s looked eventually evolved into a bikini and braid, but that white gown and those side buns remained iconic.
Next was the second trilogy of films, which involved some very elaborate hairstyles on Queen Padmé Amidala, played by Natalie Portman.
But wipe those dated, has-been tresses from your head because there’s a new hairstyle on the block.
The new covetable ‘do comes courtesy of The Force Awakens heroine Rey, played by British actress Daisy Ridley.
A scavenger who must fight for survival on the planet of Jakku, Rey needs a hairstyle that keeps her long hair off her face so she can continue to kick butt.
Her signature look is a trio of buns down the back of her head and it’s already got the internet world up in arms trying to replicate it.
Thankfully, it’s fairly easy to do at home and looks substantially more normal than Leia’s statement style.
Watch the video below and give it a go – preferably right before you head into a screening of The Force Awakens.
Jude Law’s daughter makes her modelling debut
As is the case with most celebrity offspring, parents who are attractive, talented and successful often create similar spawn.
Actor Jude Law has four kids, all of whom have inherited their dad’s cheeky grin. Rafferty, Law’s 19-year-old son with ex-wife Sadie Frost, has already had a fair amount of media attention for his striking resemblance to his dad and his budding modelling and musical career.
Now Iris, Rafferty’s 15-year-old sister, has also found her way into the spotlight.
The striking teenager has made her modelling debut in a campaign for British brand Illustrated People.
In a moody, punk-inspired photo shoot, Iris rocks a hairdo not unlike those on the heads of our favourite Star Wars heroines.
She certainly has her dad’s bone structure but the stylish teen also bears some resemblance to pop star Miley Cyrus, don’t you think?
David Letterman’s beard
Since his retirement from late night television, beloved host David Letterman has grown an epic beard.
Unfortunately for him, it hasn’t been getting very good feedback from his fans, friends and family.
But you know what? Dave doesn’t care what you think.
In an interview in literary journal Whitefish Review, the 68-year-old shared his reasons for growing the beard and his thoughts on the backlash.
“You know what? I used to say, every day, ‘I am so sick and tired of shaving’. I had to shave every day, every day, for 33 years. And even before that when I was working on local TV. And I just thought, the first thing I will do when I am not on TV is stop shaving,” Letterman explained.
“And everybody hates it. My wife hates it. My son hates it. But it’s interesting. I’ve kind of developed a real creepy look with it that I’m sort of enjoying. And I can tell that people are off-put by it. And the more people implore me to shave, the stronger my resolve is to not shave.”
“And I know, it’s not a good-looking beard. But I don’t even care. I just don’t care. “
Hear that, people? Leave the man and his facial hair alone. You didn’t have a problem with the Colbeard, after all.