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Hillary Clinton's longer hairdo earns kudos

By Ed O'Keefe

The secretary of state is sporting longer locks.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton serves as further proof that women do not have to kowtow to expectations, rules of thumb or other quietly bullying cultural assumptions, The Post's fashion guru Robin Givhan opines today.

"She is a role model for women who are past the ingenue phase of their lives. She is making a fashion statement," Robin writes.

Here's a bit more:

The abundance of short coifs on women of a certain age is especially pronounced in Washington and in politics, where there are fewer creative iconoclasts, rule-breakers and eccentrics who simply don't care what others think. For years, Clinton had a softly layered style -- one with volume on top that flowed gently inward to the nape of the neck. It was a look she settled on after years of dealing with the public's obsession with her headbands, her bangs, her bob. She finally found a style that was a keeper, and even loosed her own wry humor over the outsize media interest in a woman's right to play with her hair. What does it all mean? Nothing. Everything.
Some variation of Clinton's layered cut is still favored by women ranging from presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett to Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm. It is as though it is the officially vetted hairstyle for public life, certain not to generate comment in the manner of Sarah Palin's hair -- golden highlights glinting from a tousled up-do -- or former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's shoulder-grazing, steely flip.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | August 27, 2010; 11:08 AM ET
Categories:  Administration  
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