Plot twist: Emma Watson just changed her hair in a big way

Emma Watsonhas hit the ground running with changing her look. The Beauty and the Beast star dropped a pic on her Instagram account displaying newly-chopped short bangs — giving Us flashbacks to her pixie-cut days!

When it comes to playing with her look, Watson is known for being fearless, but her hair hasn’t changed so drastically since she got a super-short cut in 2010. And now, she’s starting 2018 with short choppy (as opposed to blunt or wispy) fringe and she looks killer. Paired with her browny-pink ‘90s nude matte lipstick, the new bangs look ultra-modern and fresh.

The activist snapped the selfie from a high angle, showing off the title Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, the January-February pick for her feminist book club, Our Shared Shelf. She made no reference to her bangs, but then she didn’t have to — the fierce fringe speaks for itself.

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PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 22: Actress Emma Watson attends 'The Circle' Paris Photocall at Hotel Le Bristol on June 22, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Laurent Viteur/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 22: Actress Emma Watson attends 'The Circle' Paris Photocall at Hotel Le Bristol on June 22, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Laurent Viteur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07: Emma Watson poses in the press room at the 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on May 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07: Actress Emma Watson attends the 2017 MTV Movie And TV Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on May 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27: Actress Emma Watson visits 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on April 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by J. Kempin/Getty Images for NBC)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Tom Hanks and Emma Watson attend the premiere of 'The Circle' during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Emma Watson attends the premiere of 'The Circle' during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 13: Actress Emma Watson poses backstage at the New York special screening of Disney's live-action adaptation 'Beauty and the Beast' at Alice Tully Hall on March 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Walt Disney Studios)
Actress Emma Watson attends the New York special screening of Disney's live-action adaptation 'Beauty and the Beast' at Alice Tully Hall on March 13, 2017 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10: Actress Emma Watson is seen outside 'Good Morning America' on March 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10: Actress Emma Watson attends SiriusXM's 'Town Hall' with Emma Watson; 'Town Hall' to air on Entertainment Weekly Radio on March 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 07: Emma Watson is seen at LAX on March 07, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EST and features a diverse lineup of guests that include celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Monday, March 6 included Emma Watson (Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast'), Ian Somerhalder ('The Vampire Diaries') and musical guest Mash-up performance Lady AnteBell Biv DeVoe (this is a mash-up of Lady Antebellum and Bell Biv DeVoe). (Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) EMMA WATSON
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 06: Emma Watson is seen at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on March 06, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 05: Emma Watson at the 'Beauty and the Beast' Press Conference at the Montage Hotel on March 5, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Emma Watson arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere 'Beauty And The Beast' at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
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When Watson got her infamous short crop 8 years ago, she told Metro News that the change marked a career transition for her. “I didn’t get to experiment with dyeing and chopping off my hair like most teenagers. I also felt, right, I’m 20, I’m not a little girl anymore. I’d been on Harry Potter for 10 years so I needed to mark the end of it in some way. I needed a drastic change and that’s what the crop was all about,” she told the outlet.

Perhaps this new twist on her aesthetic is a way to change things up without taking too drastic of measures — or maybe the new bangs are for a role?

Not into permanently getting bangs? There are tons of clip-ins available for those of us that suffer from commitment issues. Or if you don’t want to change your look but you do want to copy Emma’s vibe, you could always join her feminist book club, which discusses a book on a Goodreads forum once a month. Either way, you’ll look chic AF.

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Jennifer Lawrence’s beachy bob is also red-carpet ready. She opts for sunny ombré highlights and controlled texture that shines with a glossy finish. Use a dry shampoo on ends first, twisting strands into loose ringlets, and finish the style with a misting of satin hair spray.

Mad Men screen siren Christina Hendricks’ bob is one of the most flattering options around, thanks to its delicate side-swept bangs and face-framing waves. To get the look, curl front sections around a large-barrel iron, wrapping strands in the direction away from your face.

Model Karlie Kloss keeps it classic with her timelessly chic blunt bob. She modernizes the look by giving her bangs a soft sweep and creating a deep side part. For the same bounce and body, apply some light volumizing serum on roots before drying with a round brush, curling under at the ends.

Imperfect curls give actress Nikki Reed’s chin-length chop some sexy texture. Wrap two-inch sections of mid-shaft hair around a curling iron, keeping ends loose so they fall straight. Finish the look with dry shampoo and tousle ends with your fingers.

Nicole Richie has perfected the ‘lob’ hairstyle, proving that the easy-to-wear long bob style has staying power. Ask your stylist to create a very subtle angle; keeping the front strands slightly longer than the back. Smooth on some shine serum and make a defined side part to match this look.

Quite possibly the most universally flattering hairstyle out there, a bob like Naomi Watts' is a classic cut — yet somehow feels very of-the-moment. A center part and just a touch of wave lend a not-too-drastic, but still dramatic, finish. Not to mention that it's incredibly easy to style by doing nothing more than chasing a round brush with your hairdryer after towel drying.

Glam ringlets on Emma Watson transform her bob into a red carpet-ready coif. Start with a deep side part and curl hair with a two-inch iron from mid-length to ends, tucking one side section behind your ear.

Songstress Alicia Keys keeps her bob super sleek. A flat iron's a must with this blunt cut, which is a bit longer in front to frame her face.

This razor cut bob gives Julianne Hough’s shoulder-grazing hair some sophisticated edge. For the same dimension, stick to long layers and a deep side part—at home, style strands with your fingers and some texturizing spray for an undone finish.

Brandi swept her hair into a faux bob to get the look without the commitment. For soft waves, use a large barrel iron on three-inch sections of hair. Gather strands and tuck the length under at the nape of your neck and secure with hidden bobby pins.

Rose Byrne’s sexy bob gets texture from loose, beachy curls. For waves and extra volume at your crown, mist hair with dry shampoo and twist small sections into loose ringlets.

Side-swept bangs and natural curls bring softness to Kerry Washington’s bob. Create a side part and blow dry just your bangs straight. Use a curling iron to blend some defined ringlets within your natural curls.

This platinum blonde bob rocked by Christina Aguilera makes a classic statement with blunt bangs. Style the look with a center part and be prepared to maintain your fringe with trims every three weeks.

This chin-length bob suits Rachael Taylor’s straight, fine hair. Blow dry hair straight with a paddle brush, then smooth some styling balm through strands with your fingers, combing one side behind your ear for a slick finish.

Nicki Minaj’s punched up bob stands out with rosy streaks. Known for her colorful wigs, you can tame the look with just a few hot pink clip-in extensions, trimmed to match the length of your bob.

A wide side part and slightly mussed texture mirror Cameron Diaz's laid-back attitude, even on the red carpet.

Some major bombshell volume gives Zendaya Coleman’s bob a boost. Treat wet hair with a volumizing cream at your crown, then blow dry smooth. Set sections with large hot curlers for twenty minutes then brush out.

Demonstrating just how versatile the bob can be, Elizabeth Banks sections off her bangs before sweeping them over her crown and pinning at the back of her sleek hairstyle with a single barrette.

Sure, she's equal parts supermodel and super-mom, but Heidi Klum's long bob is one hairstyle that looks just as gorgeous with almost every face shape. Off-center bangs that sweep in in at her cheekbone emphasize her enviable bone structure.

Long, side swept bangs add softness to Ashlee Simpson’s chin-length bob.

Adele ups the glamour with full waves that offer a different take on the chanteuse's signature '60s style.

Natasha Bedingfield creates waves with her edgy bob, transforming it with curls that put a modern twist on a Hollywood classic.

Subtle highlights add extra glamour to Malin Akerman's softly waved bob.

Side-swept bangs and rumpled waves lend a laid-back look to Olivia Wilde's bob.

A wide side part is key to January Jones's precisely cut hairstyle, a sleek yet sexy version of the bob.

Classic and infinitely wearable, Rose Byrne's bob highlights her jawline by falling just below her chin. Long blunt bangs are curled to further soften the effect.

Katherine Heigl adds soft waves to her blunt cut for an effect that's at once elegant and sexy.

Having shorn her long locks for a role, the High School Musical alum, Vanessa Hudgens grows out her hair into a cute voluminous bob softened by face-framing layers.

Emily Blunt keeps it simply stylish with a sleek no-fuss bob that works as well with formal attire as it does with casual wear.

Ali Larter's soft, tousled waves give a party-perfect twist to her versatile cut.

Showing off her signature ‘do, the actress Keira Knightley side-parts a classic bob, which features graduated layers that are longest in the front.

The 90210 actress, Jessica Stroup flaunts a flirty bob accentuated with choppy layers and glossy highlights.

Rocking the sexiest take on the bob, the supermodel, Brooklyn Decker tousles her layered cut into a bed-head style.

A choppy cut ups the Glee star, Dianna Agron’s appeal as she peeks out from behind lash-sweeping bangs.

January Jones accomplishes the task of looking sexy and classy with a tousled bob that looks just a tad bit messy.

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