The Classic Ponytail: Most Iconic of All Time

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The Classic Ponytail: Most Iconic of All Time

Audry Hepburn, 1956

Audrey Hepburn proved that her simple ponytail was a serious thing of beauty while making filming the classic "Funny Face."

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Sandra Dee, 1959

The iconic all-American teen was the very picture of youth and innocence in her girly-girl ponytail, later adopted by Olivia Newton-Johns character, Sandy, in "Grease."

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Barbara Eden, 1965

If we could be granted just one wish, wed ask for a groovy ponytail just like the one Barbara Eden wore when she played a sexy genie in the classic 60s sitcom, "I Dream of Jeannie."

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Cher, 1975

Even if she could turn back time, we wouldn't want Cher to change this super-cool (and long) hairdo. Now that's a ponytail!

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Karl Lagerfeld, 1985

If a fashion designer wears a ponytail, its a safe bet that it's in style! While not all men can pull off this look, it's hard to imagine German-born Karl Lagerfeld sans this slicked-back pony.

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Danica McKellar, 1988

No wonder Kevin Arnold had a crush on her! As Winnie Cooper on "The Wonder Years," Danica McKeller looked all kinds of cute in a totally awesome crimped side pony.

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Sarah Jessica Parker, 1989

"Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker puts her own twist on the side ponytail, securing her big, loose locks with a large band. Hmm... we couldn't help but wonder, What would Carrie Bradshaw think?

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Madonna, 1990

With her hair in a high "I Dream of Jeannie" ponytail and wraparound braid, the superstar singer boldly expressed herself on her 1990 Blond Ambition tour.

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Janet Jackson, 1990

During her 1990 Rhythm Nation tour, Janet Jackson took control of her hair by braiding it tight and securing the strands high on her head with -- yikes! --  a scrunchie.

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Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen, 1992

Future fashion moguls Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen made topsy tails seem twice as nice when they were just little sprouts on "Full House."

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Marisa Tomei, 1993

Scrunchie alert! In the dramedy "Untamed Heart," Marisa Tomei carried off an effortless, high ponytail, complete with the eras must-have hair accessory.

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Antonio Banderas, 1994

Latin lover Antonio Banderas' sexy, pulled-back tresses were the perfect complement to his sexy, charismatic character in "Desperado."

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Brad Pitt, 1994

While we prefer our Brad Pitt a little more clean-cut, he certainly didn't look sucky with a ponytail at the 1994 "Interview With the Vampire" premiere.

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Alicia Silverstone, 1995

The film may have been called "Clueless," but Alicia Silverstone was anything but, playing a typically trendy teen with a totally stylin' tail.

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Michael Bolton, 1997

When a man loves a woman -- and his own hair -- he wants the world to know.  So,  Michael Bolton let his long, ponytailed locks fly freely at the "Hercules" premiere.

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Reese Witherspoon, 1998

America's Sweetheart Reese Witherspoon looks every bit the high school cheerleader in her cute curlicue pony.

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Katie Holmes, 1998

Even before she sparked a trend with her classic bob, Katie Holmes made it clear she had a flair for sexy hair with this big, tousled pony she wore in the thriller "Disturbing Behavior."

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Gwen Stefani, 1999

We don't know about you, but were tickled pink by Gwen Stefani's neon New Year's Eve ponytail.

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Celine Dion, 1999

The backward tuxedo jacket and hat may not have been the wisest fashion choices, but we were really fascinated by Celine Dion's statement-making ponytail.

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Mariah Carey, 2000

Filming a scene for her less-than-dazzling movie "Glitter," Mariah Carey channeled her inner chola with a fun side ponytail and big hoop earrings.

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Johnny Depp, 2000

In the romantic drama "Chocolat," Johnny Depp made the male ponytail look oh-so-delicious!

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Jennifer Lopez, 2001

Whether she's rocking out on stage or starring on the big screen, Jenny From the Block isn't afraid to be real by wearing a simple ponytail with long, loose strands.

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David Beckham, 2003

Not nearly as vain as his posh wife, Victoria, a practical David Beckham uses a "male tail" to pull back his blond locks during soccer practice in China.

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Jessica Simpson, 2004

Forget all the current fuss about her weight and those unfortunate mom jeans --  just one look at Jessica Simpson's long, flowing locks reminds us what a true beauty she really is.

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Jennifer Aniston, 2006

While we were fans of her iconic Rachel cut, it's nice to see Jennifer Aniston with a simple and carefree ponytail. We don't even mind her messy tresses -- they just add to her casual look.

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Carrie Underwood, 2007

We don't know about you, but we think newlywed Carrie Underwood would have made a beautiful bride in this glam side-swept ponytail she wore to the Fashion Rocks Concert at Radio City Music Hall.

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Beyoncé, 2009

Singing sensation Beyoncé  shows all the single ladies how to pull off a flirty, curly ponytail that attracts plenty of attention.

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Fergie, 2009

We gotta feelin' that Fergie knows how to turn a simple pony into a stylish statement that's perfectly suited for a Black Eyed Peas after-party the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

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Miley Cyrus, 2009

During her climb to stardom, "Hannah Montana" singer/actress Miley Cyrus has become known for her long, wavy hair extensions, as shown here at the MTV Movie Awards.

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Drew Barrymore, 2009

We're in love with the sophisticated, wrapped pony Drew Barrymore sported to the premiere of her romantic comedy "He's Just Not That Into You."

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Angeline Jolie, 2009

Angelina Jolie highlighted her amazing bone structure by slicking her hair straight back for last years Critic's Choice Awards. Hope she got an award for Sexiest Hair!

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Gwyneth Paltrow, 2010

Forget her chic, one-shouldered gown, it's Gwyneth Paltrow's elegant ponytail that caught our attention at the CFDA Fashion Awards in NYC. The pulled-back style accentuates her pretty eyes and smile.

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Sandra Bullock, 2010

We weren't blindsided by Sandra Bullock's effortlessly chic take on the go-to summer hairstyle. The Oscar winner opted for a low and voluminous ponytail and pulls it back, er off, perfectly.

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Carrie Underwood, 2007

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Nicole Kidman, 2007

Nicole Kidman knows how to turn an effortless-looking pony into a look that draws big attention to her face. Just look at how her eyes pop!

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Tyra Banks, 2007

Looking fierce! Talk-show host Tyra Banks pulls off a model-perfect side-swept pony.

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Kim Kardashian, 2008

Reality star Kim Kardashian knows how to make the most of her assets. Her long, sleek ponytail draws the eye straight down to her famous derriere!

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From the intricate updos of classic Hollywood glamazons to the messy twists of today's low-key beauties, the ponytail has been a mane-stay for women through the years.

Why does this style endure? Because whether you wear yours high, low, to the side, stick-straight, pumped up, loose, wavy, twisted or braided, this versatile look is not only simple and chic, but also truly timeless.


From Ava Gardner to Madonna, flip through the gallery above for a pony show featuring Hollywood's most memorable stars.

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