COUPE – « nonconformity », « self-acceptance », « go against the expectations of society »… It is hard to think that these words define the mullet cut. And yet. For her followers, she is more than just a haircut. At the European Mullet Cutting Festival, held on October 8 in Ittre, Belgium, many festival goers claimed their choice of hair in the HuffPost.
Dressed in pastel colors with a pink banana to match her hair, Laura has been growing out a mullet for a year and a half. Before that, she had the bowl cut, ” with short hair below and long hair on top, so just the opposite “. Why did he succumb to the mule? ” Because it’s a state of mind, it’s freedom, it’s not taking yourself seriously., she comments. It’s like saying “I don’t care about conventions”. »
An analysis shared by Duncan, who with his burgundy fleece, his versatile style and his classic mullet, denotes in the gathering. Ironically, he is one of the most notable. The 30-year-old adopted his haircut in May and wouldn’t change it for the world. “ it’s still class “, he says. For him, it goes beyond capillary limits.” It’s a way of being I don’t mind living your life how you want “, get moving. A few feet from him, Phil nods. ” In fact, it is the freedom to be ugly. smiles the Belgian.
Some mule lovers have even adopted it not only for its aesthetics, but also for what it represents. ” It has a very pronounced identity and now it’s coming back into fashion, so we can divert it. Using it also means making fun of a society that wants us to be very framed. “explains Quentin, who came from Toulouse for the occasion. Adopting a mullet cut is a way of asserting his identity. ” Hair is one of the only bodily elements we are born with and have power over. You can cut them, let them grow, color them… “, specifies.
Celebrities also succumb to it
From Rihanna to Miley Cyrus, to Redcar, ex-Christine and The Queens, Zac Efron, Zendaya, and most recently Namjoon, a member of the K-pop group BTS, the mullet is the new trendy haircut. ” If this cut becomes the norm, there is no point in using it anymore.jokes Phil, who has been wearing the mullet for 3 years. I’m going to have to find another haircut. »
« Now that the mullet has returned, it would be necessary to go further and make a rat’s tail to be really out of the norm, Quentin advances. Personally, after the mullet, I’m going to shave my head. And that too is a haircut that means a lot. »
Laura thinks it’s a good thing that celebrities are getting straight haircuts. This goes to show that everyone, including high-profile personalities, is more about being than showing up. ” They break with the bonds of Hollywood, television and cinema, it is positive “, she explains.
But for Ginette, a hairstylist for 19 years, this revival of the mullet cut doesn’t just come from celebrities. ” Most of my clients do not follow the fashion phenomena that the stars wear, so this trend also comes from another side, she points. More and more people are adhering to this way of claiming a certain freedom and want to give meaning to what they show of their physique. »
a rare symbol
For her followers, the mullet haircut is a way to break free, but also to free herself from a bond: gender. It is found on both male and female heads, and also those found in neither gender. Due to this fact, the mullet is very popular in the LGBT+ community.
It was also widely used among lesbians in the 1980s. At that time, wearing a mullet meant expressing yourself, without having to say it out loud, about your sexual identity. A sort of sign of recognition, which Ellen Degeneres, an openly lesbian American presenter, displayed in 1987 on the set of the program. the show tonight. the lisa lesbian it even has its definition in the Urban Dictionary : “ variant of the classic mullet, shorter and generally worn by lesbians in the United States »we can read there.
Today, its symbol has spread throughout the community. On TV, it’s worn by Crystal Methyd, the show’s drag queen. RuPaul’s Drag Race. In the cinema it is worn by Kristen Stewart, bisexual. If the mullet cut is a queer symbol, it’s because ” it is a way of pretending to be “out of the way”, of assuming our identity, which annoys someQuentin says. Sometimes we are already denied jobs because of our sexuality, and with this haircut, it doesn’t help. But it is also a way to upset society and show that we do not give up. »
For the dancer from Toulouse, the long neck makes it possible to provoke and mock the patriarchy. ” It is hyper connoted, it carries the symbol of the macho, crude type, which imposes. And now we take it back to do the opposite “, specifies. If its aesthetic continues to divide, the return of the mule is not minor. Provocative, symbolic and libertarian: wearing it is putting an end to the dictates of beauty and binarity.
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