The world is abuzz with news of Emma Watson's recent hair makeover. The twenty year old star cut off her long blond locks for a pixie cut that calls to mind Mia Farrow, Twiggy, and Natalie Portman. Opinions are mixed on Watson's crop, but personally I love it.
Why is it such a big deal?
Well, Watson is also Hermione Granger (not to mention Burberry's campaign star). She's the highest paid actress of 2009, and there's no denying that there are millions of teens (and even some adults, we'd bet) that idolize Watson and are likely to try out the pixie cut following Watson's lead. It's also the first time Watson has done anything even bordering on rebellion. Demure, behaved, and Chanel-clad, Watson's Hollywood career is like a fairytale compared to the usual child-starlette-spiral that has plagued everyone from Drew Barrymore to Britney Spears to Lindsay Lohan to Miley Cyrus to Taylor Momsen and to--you get the point--we could go on and on.
At quick glance, we've deduced there are a few distinct paths following child stardom in Hollywood, the Ivy Leauge route (à la Portman, Bosworth, Stiles, and Watson) and the dive-y league (acting president: La Lohan). We only wish that more starlets took the high road like Watson, if only because lots of kids and teens go to great lengths to imitate their favorite stars. And the best rebellion is looking glamorous, right?