Top 10 Blonde Icons of All Time

These fair-haired beauties made hair color history-and continue to inspire us today!

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monre blonde bombshell

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Going platinum turned Norma Jean into one of history’s ultimate sex symbols—and cemented the idea that, like Hollywood casting agents, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Jean Harlow

Jean Harlow blonde bombshell

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To achieve her famous pale blonde color, 1930s mega-star Harlow resorted to a potent — and painful! — combo of ammonia, Clorox and soap, inspiring a nation of women to follow suit.

Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot blonde bombshell

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France’s sexiest export launched an obsession with nude lipstick, black eyeliner and suggestively tousled blonde hair.

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly blonde bombshell

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Of all the “Hitchcock blondes” — renowned for their icy beauty and frosty ‘tudes — the soon-to-be princess reigned supreme.

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton blonde bombshell

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The higher the hair the closer to God? Dolly Parton proves the point with her incredible voice, logic-defying curves and really big blonde hair.

Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone blonde bombshell

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With her flawlessly highlighted blonde hair, effortless red carpet style and killer, ahem, legs, Stone was box office gold back in the '90s.

Christie Brinkley

Christie Brinkley blonde bombshell

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The song “Uptown Girl” is rumored to have been written about Billy Joel’s ex Elle Macpherson, but it’s Brinkley who got to star in the iconic 1983 music video.


Madonna blonde bombshell

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Madge so identifies with her platinum hair, she called her world tour “Blond Ambition” and played Marilyn herself on Saturday Night Live.

Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani blonde bombshell

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There’s no doubt about it: Stefani’s scarlet lips and single-process blonde hair have been her signature for more than 20 years.

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon blonde bombshell

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Witherspoon has strayed from her golden hue to play brunette June Carter Cash and pale redhead Becky Sharp, but in our minds, she’ll always be Legally Blonde.

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