The passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution gave women the right to vote, a right which they have exercised ever since the presidential election of 1920.
But it wasn’t just the right to vote that would forever change the fair sex. The decade known as the “Roaring 20s” ushered in an era of social and sexual freedom she had never known before, and the American woman has never looked back.
The “new woman,” as much a term of derision as of admiration, smoked and drank in public, and, if all that weren’t enough, she unlaced her corsets, shortened her skirts and showed her knees. How scandalous!!
And, then, she did something even more outrageous……….
She cut her hair!!!! Silent film star, Louise Brooks, was as famous for her Bob, as for her sultry screen persona.
Suddenly, every woman wanted the Brooks Bob, while many a husband, boyfriend and pompous politician railed against it.
The great Bob debate was born, and everyone cast a vote.
“America’s Sweetheart,” film star Mary Pickford, voted “No.”
Glamorous opera star, Mary Garden, voted “Yes.”
George took one look at Marie’s long, lustrous dark hair, her “crowning glory,” and couldn’t bring himself to do it.
“Cut it, George,” Marie demanded. “It’s time for me to be a ‘new woman’.”
Against his better judgment, George complied.
Happily, they were both delighted with the result.
Never again would Marie grow her hair.
The Bob has come a long way since the Brooks Bob, but no matter how we tweak it, it remains a timeless classic suitable to any face at any age.
Here are some of my favorite modern takes on the classic Bob.
Here, Katie Holmes looks quietly delighted with her classic Bob, which would not have looked out of place in the 1920s. This sleek, one-length Bob with full bangs creates a beautiful frame for her delicate features and perfect oval face.
Rebecca Atkinson’s Bob has ever-so-slight layering at the bottom to give a little fullness where she needs it. Notice how the strong vertical line of this side-swept Bob cuts the roundness of her face. And what a lovely smile!
The Angled Bob
Keira Knightley’s angled, side-swept Bob is longer in the front and shorter in the back. This is the perfect Bob to complement a strong jawline and highlight great cheekbones. To me, this is a real throwback to the 60s. Can you say “Vidal Sasoon?”
Model Luisa Hartema’s angled, side-swept bob is shorter on one side and in the back. Its slightly choppy look adds an adorable touch of the gamine.
The Longer Layered Bob
What can I say about Milla Jovovich’s Bob? Its longer layers and subtle waves make it classically feminine and universally flattering. She looks absolutely stunning!
The Long Bob
The Long Wavy Bob
The Elegant Bob
Strong eyebrows play a major role in framing her dark eyes, and fresh pink cheeks and subtle lips complete the picture.
There’s something very 1950s Grace Kelly about this Bob that makes me yearn for a more elegant time.
And there you have it, Ladies. I vote a resounding “yes, yes, yes” to the Bob. How about you?