11 Onscreen Icons Who Will Inspire You to Go Gray

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It’s safe to say that the prevailing attitude towards letting our roots grow out has changed drastically over the past few years. With seasoned stars now embracing their gray hair on the red carpet at Cannes and fashion favorites of all ages reflecting on how such a simple act has empowered them, the days of frantic touch ups are long gone. And now, the trend is increasingly visible on screen, too, with a host of actors deciding to go au naturel while in character.

In the upcoming Netflix series Maid, for instance, Andie MacDowell plays a free-spirited artist and mother to her real-life daughter Margaret Qualley. The essential components of her signature style? Embroidered coats, chunky cocktail rings and a halo of silver, Botticelli-esque curls. Meanwhile, Sarah Jessica Parker and Cynthia Nixon have been spotted on the set of the Sex and the City reboot flaunting their natural hair—pearly roots in the case of the former and a silvery crop for the latter. Then there are earlier adopters, from Diane Keaton, who sported a sleek silver look in Book Club, to Glenn Close, whose icy white, low maintenance pixie cut in The Wife epitomized her no-nonsense nature.

For those seeking even more gray hair inspiration, we shortlist some of the most striking looks from film and TV below.


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