Hot Hair: Bold Blondes

It all started with Etta James, the bawdy, brassy, ultra-blonde torch singer who showed 1950s-era Black women that Marilyn wasn't the only one who could rock a platinum 'do. These days, our sexiest A-listers are following in her footsteps, sporting ultra-blonde wigs, extensions and dye jobs. From Eva Marcille's white-blonde pixie to Keri Hilson's sunny curls, these superstars are looking pretty in platinum.
ESSENCE.COM Oct, 05, 2010

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Keri Hilson adds a couple curls to her funky-cute bob.

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During a visit to ESSENCE.com’s offices, Atlanta Housewife Nene Leakes showed off this ultra-pretty platinum pixie. So fierce.

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At an ASCAP Rhythm & Soul event, Monica pulled her blonde-streaked strands into a loose side-chignon. So elegant.

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Out and about near Rockefeller Center in NYC, Keri Hilson sported a razor sharp, platinum bob with full bangs. Hot!

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Wendy Williams looked beyond glam in honey blonde waves at the International Emmy Awards.

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Mary J. Blige looks festive in a high, oversized bun with full bangs. We’re obsessed with her golden highlights and buttery blonde lowlights.

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Sometimes the simplest hairstyles have the most impact. Exhibit A: Leona Lewis’ loose, messy fishtail braid. Add a stunning amber-and-gold hair hue and black liner, and you’re done.

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From Eva Marcille’s white-blonde pixie to Keri Hilson’s sunny bob, these superstars are looking pretty in platinum.

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Eva Marcille goes for an edgy hipster look with her slightly grown out, white-blonde pixie ’do.

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Selita Ebanks embraces the new two-toned trend by sporting bleached blonde bangs.

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Zoe Kravitz recently added honey highlights to her dark brown, shoulder-length ’do. So summery!

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New reality star Toni Braxton channels Barbarella with her tousled, golden-streaked mane.

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Mary J. Blige has spent most of her career as a blonde—and this softly highlighted, pale yellow look might be our favorite shade yet.

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Beyonce’s bright blonde highlights and buttery lowlights give her haircolor natural-looking dimension.

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Keri Hilson adds a single curl to her straight asymmetric for a funky-cute spin. Add shimmery makeup and an LBD, you’re party-perfect.

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“Basketball Wives” star Evelyn Lozado looks beachy and radiant with golden skin and matching, sun-streaked strands.

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Coif chameleon Nicki Minaj turned heads in a platinum blonde wig and bubble gum pink lips.

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Chrisette Michele pulls her sunny yellow braids back in a chic, oversized chignon.

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Sisters Erika and Tina Atkins-Campbell of Mary Mary look super-glamorous in their radiant, honey blonde tresses.

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Cassie tosses her long, side-shaved goldilocks over one shoulder for a casually chic look.

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Amber Rose goes for the bold with her white-blonde buzz cut.

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Angela Simmons recently added a golden blonde layer on top of her chestnut brown strands.

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Singer Amerie (posing with hairstylist Johnny Wright and Niecy Nash), shocked her fans when she dyed her black tresses a Debbie Harry-inspired, white-blonde hue.

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Ever the tress trendsetter, Erykah Badu debuted a platinum faux-hawk during a performance earlier this summer.

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Model of the moment Ajak Deng caused quite a stir at New York Fashion Week with her short, platinum natural. Chic!

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Kelis recently took her short, curly natural from cherry red to silvery blonde—which look do you think is more flattering?

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After sporting chocolate brown tresses all last season, Nicole Richie recently lightened up with this wavy, pale blonde bob. We likey.

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