The BET Awards were entertaining, but we couldn’t help but be distracted by Jada Pinkett Smith’s super-fancy corn-rowed ponytail. So fly! But at this point, fabulous hair is expected of Jada Pinkett Smith. Ever since she first burst onto the scene as Lena James in A Different World, the Philadelphia native has proven herself to be a tress trendsetter. From a high topknot at A Different World’s 100th episode celebration (left) to micro-braids at the Oscars, here are Smith’s most memorable mane moments.
In the cult classic film Set it Off, Pinkett-Smith sported a casual, braided bob (all the rage in ’96!).
At the Return to Paradise premiere, Pinkett-Smith flaunted a super-short, jet-black pixie cut. Soon, women everywhere were rocking copycat versions of her closely-cropped style.
At an event in ’99, Pinkett-Smith channeled her inner little girl and rocked a set of two adorable afro puffs.
Jada Pinkett-Smith hit the red carpet at the 74th Annual Academy Awards looking every inch the glamorous movie star. Her princess-y up-do perfectly flattered her dramatic ball gown.
At the premiere Of Collateral, Pinkett-Smith sported a lustrous tumble of curls swept over one shoulder.
Pinkett Smith rocked a perky, I Dream of Jeannie ponytail at Germany’s The Pursuit of Happyness premiere.
At the Madagascar 2 premiere party in Madrid, Pinkett Smith debuted a sleek new shoulder-length blowout with heavy bangs.
In 2009, Jada hit the annual Vanity Fair Oscar Party flaunting cornrow extensions gathered into a loose pony at the nape of her neck.
At the star-studded ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, Pinkett-Smith turned heads with her hairstyle: A cloud of curls paired with a braid in the front.
With her braided pompadour pony and electric red lips, Pinkett-Smith rocked the red carpet at the 2010 BET Awards.
At the Grammy Awards, Jada Pinkett Smith modernizes her fluffy hair by creating looser curls that frame her face perfectly.
Jada Pinkett Smith stepped out in Philly over the weekend in a wow-worthy ’do that was tapered on one side and long on the other side.
For more of Jada’s glowing and gorgeous hairstyles, be sure to check out the September issue of ESSENCE on newsstands now!