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    Michelle Kwan's Shocking Haircut

    in 1999…

    Yay or Nay (hey it's summer)

    I found it distracting. Her 2 competitive programs that year (Carmen, Ariane's Lament) lacked something and I think it was the bun.

    I remember interviews she gave about it and she just wanted something different and I remember reading Sharon Stone's hair dresser did it for her (Stone went short around the same time)

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    I think she needed it psychologically. I just wished she had a more flattering cut if she was going to go short.
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    Yay.
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    Yay

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    I liked it when the fringe was flatter against her forehead. When it was pushed up at the front, she looked surprised.

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    NAY!!! Did not suit her at all. She knew it and never repeated the mistake.
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    I really did not like her hair cut at all

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    I loved Lamento d'Ariane; it's my favourite programme of Michelle's, and her haircut seemed rather irrelevant.

    I can see that falling_dance has already Yay-ed it, and I believe that she is in fact especially fond of it.
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    She looked way better than I would have if I'd gone that short! Her oval face can really take any haircut.

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    Nay. The worst part of it was circa 2001 when she had the 'in-between' hair (Red Violin 2001 Worlds) while trying to grow it back long. I like her with long hair.

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    Nay. I don't think it was a good look for her.

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    It really is the off season
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    Looking back, it WAS quite short:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eK56wE3KW0M

    I liked it though, and as others said, she probably needed it psychologically.

    It was a bit longer/softer by Nationals, and quite flattering

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdYMMAyyMWg

    I actually didn't like the following season's "samurai" style:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgHmVJfh56w

    I remember watching her Nationals warm-up and thinking, "when is she going to take that rubber band out?"

    In later years, she wore a piece to make her bun look fuller.

    Here's a few skaters I thought looked great with shorter haircut: Maria Butyrskaya (circa 2000 Worlds), Elena Liashenko (1999), Sarah Hughes

    Not so much: Vanessa Gusmeroli, Lucinda Ruh (earlier in her career)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Willy View Post
    It really is the off season
    Yeah :-)

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    I like very the hair and the programs.
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    Women wearing short hair... What on earth! Next it will be men wearing pink and then THE HUMAN RACE WILL DIE OUT.

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    I loved it really short and I thought it actually worked really well with her Fate of Carmen program. There were definitely some growing pains though in the transition back to long hair (thinking specifically of 1999 Skate America ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by zigzig View Post
    I loved it really short and I thought it actually worked really well with her Fate of Carmen program. There were definitely some growing pains though in the transition back to long hair (thinking specifically of 1999 Skate America ).
    I've of the opposite view. I hated it super short, but I kind of loved the cut as it grew out-- especially 1999 Skate America.

    That said, more power to her for cutting it all off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by all_empty View Post
    Looking back, it WAS quite short:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eK56wE3KW0M

    I liked it though, and as others said, she probably needed it psychologically.

    It was a bit longer/softer by Nationals, and quite flattering

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdYMMAyyMWg

    I actually didn't like the following season's "samurai" style:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgHmVJfh56w

    I remember watching her Nationals warm-up and thinking, "when is she going to take that rubber band out?"

    In later years, she wore a piece to make her bun look fuller.

    Here's a few skaters I thought looked great with shorter haircut: Maria Butyrskaya (circa 2000 Worlds), Elena Liashenko (1999), Sarah Hughes

    Not so much: Vanessa Gusmeroli, Lucinda Ruh (earlier in her career)
    I think it looked great in the short program at 2000 Nationals
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMnyAh2hmM0

    and the Grand Prix Final
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRlANBarAcg

    I kind of wonder if Michelle was partially inspired by Irina showing up with the tail at the Goodwill Games.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tDlX2RBlrE

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    I never cared for the 1999 programs. I thought the long program looked especially watered down compared to the past.
    Yes, I think the hair has something to do with it all......I always skip that year when browsing her programs on youtube. ;-)

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