This morning, when Olivier Rousteing transformed his Balmain army into a squad of fearless bombshells, one status symbol quickly caught our eye: the smooth, rapid swing of the power ponytail. Slicked up to the very top of the head with strands wrapped around the base, the iconic hairdo has long conveyed strength and tenacity in the women who wore it, a roster of female powerhouses who could have easily played muse to Rousteing’s Spring show.
There’s Madonna on her Blond Ambition tour, striding boldly across the stage in that daring Jean Paul Gaultier cone bra with her long, platinum lengths trailing behind; or Linda Evangelista, who often traded her signature black crop for a high golden updo that played up her chameleonic appeal. Fellow supers Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss put the sleek style to good use, too, as they dominated the runways at Versace, Chanel, and countless more. But before you doubt the look’s staying power, consider the world’s current Queen B, Beyoncé, who sported one at this year’s Met Gala. The last-minute hair decision gave her sheer Givenchy gown the playful kick it needed—and proved that, much like the girls who run the world, this is one look that truly can do it all.
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