Baby Bangs: 35 Women Who Wore Them Well, photo of Krysten Ritter

Baby bangs (or "micro fringe," as the beauty editors say): they look so cute. Or frightening. Or classy. Or punk. Or cartoonish. Or elegant. And notoriously difficult to pull off. Here are 35 real women, all with very different styles, who wore them well.

Anna Mae Wong
Anna Mae Wong. She was the first major Asian-American film star, popular in the 1920s onward. Photo via.

Louise Brooks
Louise Brooks, in a publicity still for Now We're In The Air, 1927. Her graphic bob with blunt bangs was groundbreaking in the 1920s. It was incredibly sleek, yet the ease of the style suited her carefree, energetic characters. Photo via.

Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor, 1950s. She wore a pixie cut with baby fringe curled inward from her temples. Photo via.

Bettie Page
Bettie Page, 1950s. Probably wearing a costume of her own design and making, and probably shot by Bunny Yeager. A policeman who moonlighted as a photographer suggested she wear bangs to make her large forehead more photogenic. So she cut them herself, and the iconic "Bettie bangs" were born.

Joan Collins
Very young Joan Collins. Photo via.

Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood, shot by Ralph Crane for Life Magazine, 1956.

Eartha Kitt
Eartha Kitt, from the Michael Ochs Archive, Getty Images. Image via.

Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemon in The Apartment
Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemon in The Apartment, 1960.

Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina
Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina, 1954. The thick curled fringe is part of her character's sophisticated Parisian makeover.

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's
Audrey Hepburn in a publicity photo for Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961. Her look was decidedly different into the 1960s, with longer hair and a more worldly persona. Her whispy, barely-there fringe is the most iconic look of her career, and possibly the most iconic baby bangs ever. Photo via.

Anna Karina in Bande à part, or Band of Outsiders
French New Wave queen Anna Karina in Bande à part (Band of Outsiders), directed by Jean-Luc Goddard, 1964. Photo via.

Sally Field as Gidget
Sally Field as Gidget. Photo via.

Winona Ryder filming Beetlejuice
Winona Ryder filming Beetlejuice, 1988. Photo via.

Annie Potts in Ghostbusters II
Annie Potts in Ghostbusters II, 1989. Photo via.

Juliette Binoche in Bleu, Three Colors Trilogy
Juliette Binoche in Bleu, from the Three Colors trilogy by Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1993. Photo via.

Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani, ca. 1993. Photo via.
Janeane Garofalo in Reality Bites
Jeneane Garofalo in Reality Bites, 1994. Photo via.

Angelina Jolie in Girl, Interrupted
Angelina Jolie in Girl, Interrupted, 1999. She played an aggressive, narcissistic loose cannon; her hair and style captured her character's frightening charisma perfectly. Photo via.
Fiona Apple
Fiona Apple performing ca. 2012. Photo via.
Audrey Tatou in Amélie
Audrey Tatou in Amélie, 2001. Inspired about a million copycat haircuts, and nearly as many instant regrets.
Brittany Murphy in Love & Other Disasters
Brittany Murphy in Love & Other Disasters, 2006. She's meant to be a modern take on Holly Golightly.

Pauley Perrette
 Pauley Perrette, who plays Abby Sciuto on NCIS. Photo via.
Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera, ca. 2008. Photo via.

Katy Perry in California Gurls video
Katy Perry, from her California Gurls video, 2010.

Dita von Teese
Dita von Teese. Photo via.
Krysten Ritter as Chloe in Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
Krysten Ritter in a scene from Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, 2010.

Penelope Cruz
Penelope Cruz, 2011. Photo via.

Marion Cotillard in Nine
Marion Cotillard in Nine, 2009.

Lizzie Caplan
Lizzie Caplan wearing the cut she got for Masters of Sex. Her fringe looks pretty nice for something made of your mom's chest hair. Photo via

Emma Watson
Emma Watson with her big post-Hermoine cut, ca. 2010. Photo via.

Hayley Williams
Hayley Williams, singer for Paramore, ca. 2013. Photo via.

Lily Collins
Lily Collins with her cut from Snow White, 2011. Photo via.

Annabelle Dexter-Jones
Designer and model Annabelle Dexter-Jones, photographed by Emily Weiss for Into The Gloss, 2012. Photo via.

Fei Fei Sun
Vogue Italia cover model Fei Fei Sun. Photo by Christian MacDonald for Models.com; styling by Britt Marie K; make up by Fara Homidi; hair by Hiroya Watase. 2013. Photo via.

Singer / producer Grimes, (aka Claire Boucher), likely ca. 2013. Photo via.

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