Jaws dropped when pictures were released of Zooey Deschanel sans her signature bangs at the Met Gala. Not that it looks bad or anything…as if that ageless, blue-eyed dollface could look anything less than adorable. I don’t think it’s in her programming. But it still caused a universal double-take of, “Wait, THAT’S Zooey Deschanel?”
It’s as if the Zooey Deschanel persona is so defined that altering it in any way is nothing short of blasphemy. Let’s not forget the one time she pinned her hair into a side-parted bob and everyone lost their shit.
Consider this, though: Zooey Deschanel is not just a well-developed persona, she’s a person. And every time we have some sort of haircut crisis (remember all the fuss about Michelle Obama’s bangs?) we’re judging a woman’s worth based on superficial qualities. And that’s unfair to the actress, indie singer-songwriter and co-founder of Hellogiggles.
With that all said, I’m sure this isn’t the last we’ve seen of the most glorious bangs in Hollywood. In fact, you can still see Zooey Deschanel’s bangs star in the season finale of "New Girl" May 14! Yay!
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