The story behind Sinéad O’Connor’s shaved head: ‘It mentioned, ‘Don’t f—okay with me”

From Britney Spears to Natalie Portman to Jada Pinkett Smith, an awesome many celebrities have made headlines by shaving off their hair — however Sinéad O’Connor’s symbolic buzzcut is perhaps probably the most well-known of all of them.

“I don’t really feel like me until I’ve my hair shaved,” the legendary Irish musician, who died Wednesday on the age of 56, as soon as famously mentioned. “So even after I’m an outdated girl, I’m going to have it.”

In a 2017 interview with Dr. Phil, O’Connor revealed the heartbreaking motive she first opted for a brief lower whereas rising up in Dublin.

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O’Connor first lower her hair brief whereas rising up in Dublin, Eire.
Sinead O'Connor in 2012
The buzzcut grew to become her signature, and he or she caught with it all through her profession.

“Once we have been kids, my sister had lovely pink hair, superb pink hair. That’s why I’d be jealous of her,” she recalled.

“However my mom took it into her head that my sister’s hair was ugly and horrible and disgusting. And she or he began — after I had lengthy hair — she would introduce us as her fairly daughter and her ugly daughter. And that’s why I lower my hair off.”

Furthermore, the “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer mentioned it will’ve been “harmful” to put on her hair in a extra historically female model, including, “I didn’t need to be raped. I didn’t need to be molested. I didn’t need to gown like a woman. I didn’t need to be fairly.”

Sinead O'Connor performing
“I don’t really feel like me until I’ve my hair shaved,” she as soon as famously mentioned.
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O’Connor’s extra androgynous ‘do wasn’t precisely embraced by document execs forward of the launch of her debut album, 1987’s “The Lion and the Cobra.”

“They needed me to develop my hair lengthy, put on brief skirts and excessive heels and make-up and write songs that wouldn’t problem something,” she instructed The Solar in 2022.

“I wasn’t going to have any man telling me what to do, or who to be.”

Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor, circa 1990.
O’Connor’s brief shave rubbed document execs the fallacious method — which was exactly the purpose.
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So as a substitute of going together with the label, which needed to market her as a “generic feminine,” O’Connor headed straight to a barber and shaved off what was left of her locks.

“They checked out Sinead’s shaved head and went, ‘Now we all know what we’re coping with,’” the star’s first husband and frequent collaborator, John Reynolds, recalled in an interview with the identical outlet.

“It was a strong assertion from a lady, as a result of it mentioned, ‘Don’t f—okay with me!’”

Sinead O'Connor wearing a hijab
After changing to Islam in 2018, O’Connor usually wore a hijab.
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Along with establishing O’Connor as an artist with zero curiosity in adhering to society’s magnificence requirements, her shaved cranium made her album covers, music movies and controversial on-stage appearances — as when she memorably ripped up an image of Pope John Paul II on “Saturday Night time Reside” in 1992 — much more visually placing.

And she or he caught with the model for the remainder of her profession. As lately as 2021, O’Connor was nonetheless shaving her personal head “about each 10 days,” as she instructed the New York Occasions that yr, regardless of usually sporting a hijab following her 2018 conversion to Islam.

In recent times, a lot of younger stars together with Demi Lovato, Saweetie and Iris Regulation have adopted within the Grammy winner’s footsteps by debuting buzzcuts of their very own. And on the 2023 Met Gala, Florence Pugh shocked followers by displaying off her personal super-short shave.

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Florence Pugh took a web page out of O’Connor’s guide for the 2023 Met Gala, debuting a symbolic buzzcut of her personal.
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“I needed self-importance out of the image,” the “Midsommar” actress instructed Radio Occasions of her daring ‘do.

“Hollywood may be very glamorous—particularly for ladies—and it’s arduous for an viewers to see previous that. Every time I’ve not wanted to be glam or have a full face of make-up, I battle to maintain it that method … The one factor that folks can take a look at then is your uncooked face.”

O’Connor would certainly approve.