Winnie Harlow Made a Mullet Look Effortlessly Chic

Because, of course she did.

Winnie Harlow
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With varying lengths and textures, the mullet is far from a humble hairstyle; it commands attention at all angles. But leave it to Winnie Harlow to really rock the '70s-inspired shag.

On Monday, December 4, Harlow appeared in London at the 2023 Fashion Awards sporting the dramatic look. As of late, the supermodel has been wearing her hair cropped closely to her head, often opting for a bit of natural-looking curl. While her recent hairdo resembled its regular pixie from the front, a quick turn for the camera revealed medium-length, shaggy black waves.

The Cay Skin founder's longer locks were likely the work of extensions, emphasizing wispy layers. In a 2021 interview with Marie Claire, the model noted that she wears a wig just about every day.

“Being able to change my hair all the time is a huge part of my life because I am never bored,” she previously said. “I get to experience so many different looks and try new things and I think that’s what living life is about … I enjoy wearing wigs so that I can achieve all the looks that my career entails and express different styles, while protecting my natural hair.” 

Winnie Harlow

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For yesterday's event, which took place at London's Royal Albert Hall, Harlow wore a ruffled black lace gown from Richard Quinn's Spring/Summer 2024 ready-to-wear collection, pairing the gown with a healthy sweep of mascara, dramatic lip liner, and Messika jewelry. Because it was raining outside, she also accessorized with a clear umbrella for part of the night.

While not nearly as dramatic as Cara Delevigne's rainbow leopard-print mullet from earlier this year, Harlow's hair certainly set her apart from the multitude of slicked-back styles at the Fashion Awards. Instead of "business in the front, party in the back," her shaggy black hair opted for "party all around."

"I prefer to make an impact on the red carpet," the model previously told Marie Claire. Whether that means bright colors or bold hairstyles, "it's about having fun."

Sophia Vilensky
Freelance Writer

Sophia Vilensky is a Freelance Beauty Writer at Marie Claire with a beauty, wellness, and entertainment journalism portfolio that includes contributions to Byrdie, Bravo, Teen Vogue, and Us Weekly. Growing up in a family of beauticians—and through her own personal studies—she developed an in-depth understanding of aesthetics, cosmetic product formulation, and beauty treatment development and has also held roles as a senior copywriter, content strategist, and proofreader for top beauty and wellness brands. Even so, you'd be hard pressed to find her with her hair and makeup actually done. Sophia is based in Minneapolis and is a 2019 graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she majored in English and minored in cinema studies. During her time at the university, she was the Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Minnesota Daily, earning the 2019 Editor of the Year award for her work. She connected deeply with the Twin Cities arts scene, collaborating with leading beauty professionals, designers, and artists. Graduating Summa Cum Laude, her thesis—a close-reading of Vanderpump Rules—was featured on NPR. When not immersed in writing or testing new products, Sophia enjoys watching reality TV, reading, and exploring the newest woo-woo wellness trends. Keep up with her on Instagram @sophiavilensky.