Hairstyle File: The Evolution of Big Wigs

We love Nicki Minaj -- and not just for her saucy songs and crazy fashion sense. Although she's debuted a more tamed look lately, that girl still knows how to wear a wig! In honor of her hair-raising style, let's take a look at the evolution of over-the-top wigs since the Supremes first popularized the big bouffant...
ESSENCE.COM Apr, 05, 2014

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The original Black Blonde Bombshell, torch singer Etta James wore a shockingly bold wig in the early 60's.

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As the iconic Supremes, Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, and Florence Ballard helped make mile-high bouffant wigs the fancy hair choice of teens of all races, all over the world.

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Motown chanteuse Mary Wells always wore the most intricate, teased-and-sprayed wig styles.

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In the disco-themed movie "Thank God Its Friday", Donna Summer plays an ambitious singer with a suitcase full of glamorous performance wigs. Here's one of the hottest!

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For her "What's Love Got to do With It" comeback, Tina Turner sported this now-ionic, frosted and teased wig.

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Patti Labelle was known for her over-the-top wigs and hair pieces in the 80's. Here, her real hair around the hairline is blended in with a spiked, wing-like wig.

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At a party with photographer Steven Meisel, Naomi Campbell rocked an oversized, Angela Davis-esque afro.

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Rupaul didn't dial down the glamour when she attended a Pediatric AIDS Kids For Kids benefit. She turned heads in a fluffy platinum wig and red lips.

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Iman hit an Interview party sporting a cherry red wig overflowing with face-framing, high-volume spirals.

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At the 2002 MTV VMA's, Diana Ross famously jiggled one of Lil Kim's semi-exposed boobs. We loved this moment and Lil Kim's headline-grabbing, ultraviolet wig!

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At an Austin Powers In Goldmember screening party, co-star Beyonce sported a poodle perm wig that made headlines the next day.

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At the 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards, Tyra Banks wore an elegant lace front wig with tons of high-drama volume at the crown.

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At Janet Jackson CD release party, TV and radio personality Wendy Williams rocked out in a huge, crimped, amber-colored wig.

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At a pre-Grammy bash in Manhattan, Rihanna sported a wig that was virtually exploding with wild woman ringlets. Love!

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At the 2011 Grammy awards, rapper Nicki Minaj showed up with a two-toned, Cruella de Ville-meets-Bride of Frankenstein afro wig.


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