Jared Leto debuted a striking new 'do this week when he stepped out at the Elle Style Awards in London sporting a fat Mohawk. The 30 Seconds to Mars frontman has always been pretty particular about his hair, and though the punk-rock look is definitely attention-grabbing, Leto may have accidentally landed himself in the middle of Hollywood's latest female hair trend.
Jared Leto - Mike Marsland/WireImage
Rihanna - Jason Merritt/Getty Images
Mel B - Splash News
CariDee English - Michelle Gray/London Entertainment/Splash News
The go-to look for "edgy" young musicians is predominantly a female trend that has been picked up over the past few years by various celebs with varying results. Cassie debuted a long flowing version of the look back in April 2009, while style maven Rihanna has rocked her own cropped 'do since last July. The "S.O.S." songstress manages to score high marks no matter how she styles it -- curly, straight, or anywhere in between.
However, not everyone can carry off the shaven style with success. Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams looked more cockatoo than cool when she paired her hawk with a feather earring at her band mate Beyonce's perfume launch this month. Spice Girl Mel B was just spotted out with her daughter Angel -- whose dad was proven to be Eddie Murphy by DNA test -- with both rocking the shaven 'do. We personally think that Angel beats her mom hands down in the style stakes. The 2-year-old's look is reminiscent of other celebrity toddler-hawks -- Maddox Jolie-Pitt and Cruz Beckham famously sported the punk look.
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Cassie - Ray Tamarra/Getty Images
Selma Blair - Albert L. Ortega/WireImage.com
Kelis - Johnny - Nunez/WireImage.com
And then there's the battle for who wore it first. Shaven heads are nothing new in Hollywood. Ladies have been shaving off their locks for years -- Sigourney Weaver for "Alien 3," Natalie Portman for "V for Vendetta," Demi Moore for "G.I. Jane", and Britney Spears for temporary weave-hatred. But the attention-grabbing "femme-hawk," as I like to call it, has been claimed by, of all people, Kelis.
The "Milkshake" singer told Honey Magazine that she was "definitely the first to do it. The only other person I would give credit before me is Pepa [from Hip Hop group Salt-N-Pepa]. Other than that, I expect them to copy me. What else are they supposed to do? They're young. God bless them." When asked who copied her best, the singer replied, "Oh, I don't know. They're all duplicates."
Um, Kelis, if you had studied you hair history properly, you would know that this particular hairstyle has been around for a very long time. The moniker comes from the Mohawk Native American tribe, and was widely adopted by Britain's punk sub-culture in the 1970s and '80s. Rihanna's style icon, Grace Jones, has famously sported various versions of the 'do since the 1980s.
So Kelis, it turns out that you and the current crop of cool kids are just the latest in a long line of uber-edgy stars to adopt the close-shaven look. Leto, we reckon you'd look more handsome if you shaved it all off and started again.
- Jared Leto