Shear Genius: The Top 10 Fiercest Bobs and the Ladies Who Made 'Em Famous

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Since the flappers took over in the '20s, getting a drastic haircut has been a fool-proof way to grab stares. And now, the bold, elegant bob is bewitching the world once more. From Anna Wintour to the First Lady of Japan (not to mention our favorite fictional characters), the moment of this super-short angular 'do has returned full force. Slicked down with product or refined with razor-sharp bangs, a killer bob is an artform all its own. Sissy bobs, step aside—these 10 ladies have the cut of the moment on lock-down.

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Above from left: Vogue editor Anna Wintour; Mathilda Lando in The Professional.

Anna Wintour
The reigning queen of fashion has set a standard with a haircut so legit, we made this top ten list of bobs to salute her!

Mathilda Lando in The Professional
A 12-year-old professional killer in training, Natalie Portman plays this controversial character in The Professional who simply wouldn't have had the same impact if she had a side ponytail or a head of curly-Qs.
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Above from left: Misshapes member Leigh Lezark, photo via The Misshapes; Uma Thurman as Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction.

Leigh Lezark
A refreshing mix of avant garde and elegance, New York's nightlife vixen and Misshapes member makes a girl think twice about going for a tousled MK&A mane.

Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction
In Pulp Fiction—the "neo-noir" film that preluded Uma's legacy as an iconic badass, Uma Thurman's sleek black bob and that bed/cigarette/lipstick combo are engrained in our minds forever.

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Above from left: Model Anja Rubik in on the runway, photo via Trend Cocktail; Silent film star Louise Brooks.

Anja Rubik
While this Polish bombshell has long since been one of the fiercest things on the runway, her handsome features were really illuminated when she hacked off her hair for an angular boy-short cut.

Louise Brooks
Mary Louise Brooks, founding mother of fierce bobs, took flapper hair mainstream in the '20s. Her voice may have sabotaged her post-silent film career, but that haircut kept her on everyone's radar.
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Above from left: Edna Mode in The Incredibles; Polly Walker as Caroline Dester in Enchanted April.

Edna Mode
Couturier to the super heroes, Edna's serious bob was a nod to designer Edith Head, whose list of clients included Mae West and Veronica Lake (and those ladies might as well have claimed super powers themselves).

Caroline Dester in Enchanted April
Touching on the subject of female bonding in the wake of failed marriages in Enchanted April, Polly Walker's period-appropriate hair adds serious edge to her on-screen presence.

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Above from left: First Lady of Japan Miyuki Hatoyama; Suri Cruise via Pop Vine.

Miyuki Hatoyama
As if it's not enough that she has a great haircut, Japan's new first lady is also the U.S. ambassador for Venus. Yes, the planet.

Suri Cruise
We can't say the same for Mommy Holmes, but Suri pulls off her bob with an age-appropriate elegance you can't really find in Hollywood, let alone the playground!


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