The 1950s Screen Sirens Whose Coiffed Curls We Still Love

The 1950s was defined by tremendous social and political change, as women challenged nonsensical ideas about their role in society and African-Americans spoke out against inequality. Factor in the introduction of more television sets into households and the widespread of rock 'n roll, and it's no wonder we refer to this decade as the "Booming '50s."

While photos and films portray both the chaos and calm of the '50s, one thing that stands out to us in all the imagery are the perfectly coiffed curls. Call it superficial, but women of this era looked mighty damn fine in spite of all the disarray. Above-the-shoulder curls were popular among Hollywood stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Dorothy Dandridge. And housewives sported the polished 'do while working up a sweat in their patterned aprons and fit-and-flare dresses.

We've seen retro-loving celebrities of today such as Dita von Teese and Katy Perry put their own spin on perfectly coiffed curls, but we'd like to take a moment to recognize the original 1950s hair trendsetters.

Elizabeth Taylor, circa 1950

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Dorothy Dandridge, circa 1955

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Gene Tierney, circa 1950

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Marilyn Monroe, circa 1952

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Jane Russell, circa 1950

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Lena Horne, circa 1955

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Sophia Loren, circa 1955

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Diana Dors, circa 1955

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Jayne Mansfield, circa 1955

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