Andie MacDowell looked positively stunning on Cannes red carpet this year, with her gorgeous new mane of gray curls. But amazingly, she says, she encountered pushback from her team, prior to her hairdo debut.
“My managers had actually said to me, ‘It’s not time [to go gray],’” MacDowell told Vogue.
“And I said, ‘I think you’re wrong, and I’m going to be more powerful if I embrace where I am right now. It’s time because in two years I’m going to be 65. If I don’t do it now, I won’t have the chance to be salt and pepper. I always wanted to be salt and pepper!”
Because she “didn’t want anybody to be upset,” the actress continued, she even spent some time trying to figure out how she could disguise her graying hair with wigs “to please people.”
But then she decided to simply embrace her silver strands, telling her team it was a “power move.”
“Once I did it, it was just so clear to me that my instincts were right because I’ve never felt more powerful,” she shared. “I feel more honest. I feel like I’m not pretending. I feel like I’m embracing right where I am. I feel really comfortable. And in a lot of ways, I think it’s more striking on my face. I just feel like it suits me.”
Indeed it does. The idea for the color switch-up first came during last year’s lockdown, when she was at home with her family.
“At the very beginning of quarantine, my hair started growing and every time my kids would see me, they kept telling me I looked badass with my gray hair. When I pulled it up in a bun, all you could see was the salt and pepper, which is what I am, you know, dark and silver,” she recalled.
MacDowell says she scoured social media for inspiration photos and “became obsessed” with Jack Martin, the celebrity colorist who helped Jane Fonda and Sharon Osbourne go gray.
“I like to compare myself to George Clooney because why not? I’ve been saying for a while now it was time for me, personally, to make that transition because I felt like it was appropriate for my personality and just who I am.”
I love it!
(via Page Six; photo MediaPunch)