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Granny chic? Going gray is a hot new hair trend

Blondes may have more fun, but lately gray hair has been getting all the attention in fashion circles, from runways in Paris to red carpets in Los Angeles. And while silver foxes such as Anderson Cooper have long been en vogue, this new, young new breed of silver vixens is proving that going gray is anything but granny.

The silver-haired trend can be traced all the way back to 2006, when a then 24-year-old Kirsten Dunst wore a series of towering powdered gray wigs in Sofia Coppola’s "Marie Antoinette."

“I feel like that whole feeling of beautiful fanciness and very decorative Marie Antoinette hair, that sort of went into everyone’s consciousness,” Jean Godfrey June, beauty director of Lucky magazine, told TODAY.com.


But if "Marie Antoinette"re-introduced women to the idea of powdery gray strands, it was fashion icon and socialite Daphne Guinness who took the concept from the silver screen to silver reality. Guinness debuted her silver-streaked hair at Paris Fashion Week in fall of 2009, looking every bit like Cruella de Vil, albeit a younger, sexier, version.

“Daphne Guinness, her gray was so shocking, and she’s so shocking and so cool, it made other people think about doing it. Every celebrity on earth has tried pink streaks or blue, so maybe silver is next.”

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    Sometimes all that glitters can be silver as well as gold, as these celebrities prove by showing off their gray pride.

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    Sometimes all that glitters can be gray, as these entertainment and political stars prove by proudly displaying their silver hairs.

    Birthdate: 05/06/1961

    Earned Gray Hair By: Playing charming and likable scam artists/scoundrels in such films as "Out of Sight" (1996), "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (2000), "Ocean's Eleven" (2001) and "Burn After Reading" (2008), as well as through exposing and campaigning for the Darfur crisis.

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    Birth date: 01/05/1946

    Earned Gray Hair By: Putting up with difficult men like Michael Corleone, Woody Allen and Jack Nicholson in such films as "The Godfather" (1972), "Annie Hall" (1977), "The First Wives Club" (1996) and "Something’s Gotta Give" (2003).

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    Birth date: 08/31/1949

    Earned Gray Hair By: Sweeping leading ladies like Lauren Hutton, Debra Winger and Julia Roberts off their feet in such films as "American Gigolo" (1980), "An Officer and a Gentleman" (1982), "Pretty Woman" (1990) and "Nights in Rodanthe" (2008).

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    Birth date: 11/22/1958

    Earned Gray Hair By: Trying to avoid horrifying death in such "Scream Queen" classics as "Halloween" (1978), "The Fog" (1980), "True Lies" (1994) and "Halloween: Resurrection" (2002).

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    Birth date: 06/03/1967

    Earned Gray Hair By: Reporting the hard breaking news and asking the tough questions as anchor of CNN's show "Anderson Cooper 360."

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    Birth date: 07/26/1945

    Earned Gray Hair By: Working hard as an actress, earning Emmys for "Prime Suspect" and an Oscar as Queen Elizabeth II in "The Queen" along the way.

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    Birth date: 11/09/1972

    Earned Gray Hair By: Saving patients' lives and seducing nurses or fellow residents as Dr. Mark Slone of ABC's hit TV show "Grey’s Anatomy."

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    Birth date: 01/19/1947

    Earned Gray Hair By: Being an Emmy-winning TV cook, running a Savannah, Georgia, restaurant with her sons, and publishing five cookbooks.

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    Birth date: 12/29/1947

    Earned Gray Hair By: Serving drinks and talking about his ex-baseball days at the bar where everybody knows your name in the classic TV show "Cheers."

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    Birth date: 12/09/1934

    Earned Gray Hair By: Being one of England's greatest actresses, earning an Oscar, two Golden Globes, and a Tony -- as well as trying to control 007 as M in the James Bond movies.

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    Birth date: 08/17/1943

    Earned Gray Hair By: Seeking revenge on those who attempted to kill him in such "mobster" movies as "The Godfather Part II" (1974), "The Untouchables" (1987), "Goodfellas" (1990) and "Analyze This" (1999).

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    Birth date: 04/02/1947

    Earned Gray Hair By: Forging a long music career that has garnered her 10 Grammys over 29 years, as well as suffering the devastating loss of music partner Gram Parsons, who died of a drug overdose in 1973.

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    Birth date: 07/13/1942

    Earned Gray Hair By: Fighting the dark side, hunting down replicants/androids and recovering important artifacts in such films as "Star Wars" (1977) "Blade Runner" (1982) and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (2008).

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    Birth date: 08/24/1970

    Earned Gray Hair By: Pinning politicians down with tough questions as moderator of NBC News' "Meet the Press."

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    Birth date: 11/03/1956

    Earned Gray Hair By: Rising from blue-collar background in Salt Lake City to a successful comedy and acting career (not to mention surviving criticism of her performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at a 1990 baseball game).

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    Birth date: 09/02/1951

    Earned Gray Hair By: First from working long shifts at the hospital as "St. Elsewhere" (starting in 1983) and then from conducting criminal investigations involving the U.S. Navy and the Marine Corps in "NCIS" (starting in 2003).

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    Birth date: 02/20/1956

    Earned Gray Hair By: Making political satire and sociopolitical commentary every week as host of HBO’s "Real Time."

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    Birth date: 10/27/1924

    Earned Gray Hair By: Working for civil rights with her late husband, actor Ossie Davis, as well as forging a distinguished acting career that has spanned some 60 years.

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  • Bill Clinton

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    Birth date: 08/19/1946

    Earned Gray Hair By: Serving as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993-2001, writing his autobiography "My Life" in 2004 and campaigning with his wife Hillary during her 2008 presidential run.

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    Birth date: 05/15/1948

    Earned Gray Hair By: Governing the state of Kansas from 2003-2009 -- and serving as the 21st Secretary of Health and Human Services.

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    Birth date: 11/28/1962

    Earned Gray Hair By: Having to be funny every night as host of Comedy Central’s "The Daily Show."

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    Birth date: 04/30/1926

    Earned Gray Hair By: Winning eight prime-time Emmys (more than any other actress) and an Oscar for "The Last Picture Show" (1971) -- only to be eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars."

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    Birth date: 05/25/1969

    Earned Gray Hair By: Seeing the frightening clothes in peoples’ wardrobes before she helps make them over on TV’s "What Not to Wear."

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    Birth date: 1827

    Earned Gray Hair By: Being an undead vampire on "The Munsters" (her real-life portrayer, actress Yvonne De Carlo, died in 2007 at the age of 84).

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    Birth date: 06/22/1949

    Earned Gray Hair By: Letting it go that way for her performance as a domineering magazine editor in "The Devil Wears Prada" (2006) -- garnering her an unprecedented 14th Oscar nomination as well as a Golden Globe.

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Guinness has by now abandoned her silver-streaked black hair for silver hair with black streaks, and in her wake, dozens of starlets and trend-setters have followed her example and dyed their blond, brunette, and black hair a resplendent sterling. It-girls such as Kate Moss, Pixie Geldof, Pink, Lady Gaga, and even a then 13-year-old Tavi Gevinson have all dared to go gray long before their hair follicles turned that way naturally.

Fashion designers like Gareth Pugh, Karl Lagerfeld, and Jean Paul Gaultier have all sent models down the runway sporting pale-gray tresses. Most recently, 27 year-old Kelly Osbourne debuted lavender-gray locks at the People’s Choice Awards in January (a look she’d already played with in 2010).

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Models display creations by Spanish designer Maria Barros during the presentation of the Autumn/Winter collections of the Madrid Fashion Week on February 4, 2012, in Madrid. The presentation of the Autumn/Winter 2012/2013 collections takes place from February 1 to 5. AFP PHOTO/DOMINIQUE FAGET (Photo credit should read DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

“It’s something I’ve wanted to do my whole life,” Osbourne revealed on "The Talk" earlier this month. “I’ve always wanted to be young and have gray hair.”

“There’s an aspect to it that’s sort of like the beauty equivalent of a Marni sack dress. I’m so gorgeous, I have such beautiful skin, and am young, and you’re going to still want me even though I have gray hair,” says June.

For women who want to try the look themselves, June has one suggestion.

“Beautiful skin is the key. Then, you can dye your hair whatever you like, including the most taboo.”

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