Beehive (hairstyle)

Beehive (hairstyle)

The beehive is a woman's hairstyle that resembles a beehive; it is also known as the B-52, for its similarity to the bulbous nose of the B-52 Stratofortress bomber. It originated in the USA in 1958 as one of a variety of elaborately teased and lacquered versions of "big hair" that developed from earlier pageboy and bouffant styles. The beehive style was highly popular throughout the 1960s, particularly in the United States and other Western countries, and remains an enduring symbol of 60s kitsch.

The beehive in the 1950s and 1960s

* Audrey Hepburn's character in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" sported a large fashionable beehive.
* Yeoman Janice Rand from the original 1960s "" TV series wore a complex, 'futuristic' version of a beehive.
* In the "Flintstones" episode "Fred's New Boss" (season three), Wilma Flintstone and Betty Rubble get their hair done in gigantic, elaborate beehives at a salon, and the pair drive their car very slowly to protect their hairdos. Unfortunately, their 'dos are destroyed after a fast-moving dinosaur vehicle passes by and blows them down.

Later beehive usage

* The 1976 American television show Alice (TV series) featured a flirtatious waitress named Florence Jean Castleberry, played by Polly Holliday from Cowtown, Texas. Castleberry wore her red hair a high beehive trimmed by a waitress visor.
* The hairdo was resurrected by The B-52's, a New Wave rock band who took their name from the hairstyle.Fact|date=February 2007
* Gary Larson's "The Far Side" series features women who almost exclusively wear the beehive.
* Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders portrays an archetypal waitress sporting a beehive in the music video for the group's signature song "Brass in Pocket".
* From the 1980s on, "Coronation Street" character Bet Lynch became known for her beehive.
* The 1985 Martin Scorsese movie "After Hours" features a waitress named Julie who's noted for her beehive hairdo and general interest in other elements of 1960s pop culture.
* Marge Simpson's usual hairdo is an extreme, two-foot high, blue beehive.
* The hairdo and its later incarnations were featured in John Waters' 1988 cult film, "Hairspray".
* British pop singer Harriet Wheeler of The Sundays is known for wearing a beehive.
* Christina Aguilera sported the look at the 2001 BET Awards.
* Patsy (Joanna Lumley) from the cult British TV series "Absolutely Fabulous" wears her hair almost exclusively in a beehive. In the episode "Fish Farm" she is shown styling her beehive with a fork.
* R&B/jazz singer Amy Winehouse is known for her signature beehive hairdo and wigs.
* Ms. Brinks from Angela Anaconda has a beehive wig and sometimes loses it in the show.
* Lead female characters in Saturday's Voyeur, an ongoing Utah theatrical satire, often wear a beehive.
* Governor of Alaska and Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin has had a beehive ever since her reign as Mayor of Wasilla.

ee also

*big hair

External links

* [ CNN article about the resurgence of the beehive]

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