When MODERN editors heard the news of Elizabeth Taylor’s passing, we mourned the loss of a great actress, stunning beauty and hair icon. From National Velvet to Cleopatra, Taylor’s styles were always an inspiration to the beauty community. Her signature brunette shade coupled with her famous violet eyes were magic—on screen and off. And as one of the world’s most photographed women in an industry filled with blondes, fans couldn’t get enough of her dark, mysterious look. Still today, people are drawn to images of her.
This weekend, Joico Vero K-Pak spokesperson and legendary colorist Beth Minardi (left) will be honored as an icon herself at the Legends and Icons ball at ISSE Midwest in Rosemont, Illinois. We asked Minardi for her thoughts on Taylor’s legendary style:
“I first fell in love with Elizabeth Taylor in National Velvet (I adore horses),” said Minardi. “Those bouncy waves pushed away from that gorgeous face with the ingénue hair ribbon were so fresh and so beautiful. Elizabeth, like Natalie Wood, showed the world that a beautiful brunette CAN be center stage,” she added.
Taylor in National Velvet
“Elizabeth in Butterfield Eight (left) epitomizes beauty and glamour as I will never forget. That chic, wavy style worked so beautifully with that fabulous face shape—those EYES! Those CHEEKBONES! She was absolutely flawless. The hair was beautifully cut and shaped. The style was soft, and it moved. It was not a helmet, and the shiny, brown color was totally upscale and glamorous."
“When I teach I always talk about how not EVERY woman should go blonde as she matures. While softer is always better, blonde is not the answer for everyone—Elizabeth was the classic brunette! God bless Elizabeth—a gorgeous, brave talent who did much for AIDS research, who was a great friend to her friends, and who was the legend of the American screen.”
Look for more hairdressers’ thoughts on the elegant Ms. Taylor on MODERN’s Facebook page as we continue to post iconic images and comments from the beauty industry this week.
Taylor wearing shorter styles