Why Veronica Lake Hair Went Out of Fashion

Why Veronica Lake Changed Her Iconic Hairstyle

If you're a fan of Veronica Lake and her peek-a-boo hairstyle, you've probably heard the story that her star fell considerably after she changed it. But no one ever talks about why the actress decided to drop her now-iconic look. Turns out it was for the war effort, because women were being discouraged from wearing styles that might hinder factory work.

In this newsreel from the 1940s, you can see Veronica getting her hair restyled into a more "work-appropriate" updo. It's sad to think that attempting to stand in solidarity with working women may have damaged her career (although her notoriously difficult personality may have been more to blame), but it's also a lasting testament to the power of a great hairstyle.

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