Thursday, May 25, 2006
Petty Fascinations Part One: Yulia Tymoshenko's Hair
Once upon a time, women did not have hair styles, they had hairdo's. Hair styles have bounce and vitality. Hairdo's do not move. At all. Hair styling is about drying your hair in a certain way and using a few hair products. Hairdo's are created, or rather, engineered, using a fist full of hair pins, various implements of a blistering temperature and the contents of a can of hairspray so large, it can be used as a battering ram.
Sadly the hairdo is a dying art, although there are a few maintaining the standard. Step forward Yulia Tymoshenko. Since 2002, the Ukrainian politician has worn her hair in an impeccably neat braid, based on a traditional Ukrainian hairdo. Such was the stir this ornate hairdo caused, speculation was rife that the braid was a result of a hair extension. When asked this question publically, Tymoshenko responded by unpinning (see!) her hair, to show that it was all her own. Since then, come rain or revolution, the braid has not shifted, not even a hair out of place.
Pictures obviouisly not taken by me and obtained from BBC News, Pravda, Ukrainian Elle, mosnews.com and The Age.au
According to this article, Yulia Tymoshenko takes exactly seven minutes every morning to style her hair. Impressive.
Also, if you Google "Yulia Tymoshenko hair", this blog is the 10th result.