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Raquel Gets Ready To Rock

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While platinum blond has been the big hair color story backstage for the past few seasons (catwalkers like Britt Maren, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Siri Tollerød, and Kasia Struss have all been tempted by the peroxide bottle), something dark was afoot for Spring. “[She] just looks tougher with the brown hair,” coiffing star Guido Palau said of Struss after he took her brunette at Balenciaga. “It’s a little more tomboyish,” he explained of the chocolaty shade, an opinion that is apparently shared by styling star Paul Hanlon. In this month’s issue of French Vogue, Hanlon gave a typically dirty-blonde Raquel Zimmermann the tough-chick treatment, sculpting wispy dark chestnut strands with a messy fringe to complement a rock-inspired editorial that seems to say, “Blondes may have more fun, but brunettes are not to be messed with.” What do you think of the Brazilian stunner’s bad-girl makeover?

Photo: Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com; David Simms for Vogue Paris, December/January 2012

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