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The Best Platinum Blondes of All Time, From Courtney Love to Beyoncé

Happy Birthday, Courtney Love! A Look Back at Our Favorite Platinum Blondes of All Time

Marilyn Monroe, 1953

Marilyn Monroe, 1953

Photo: Alfred Eisenstaedt/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Etta James, 1963

Etta James, 1963

Photo: Getty Images

Debbie Harry, 1982

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Debbie Harry, 1982

Photo: David Corlo/Redferns

Madonna, 1986

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Madonna, 1986

Photo: Ron Galella/Wire Image

Courtney Love, 1990

Courtney Love, 1990

Photo: Time & Life Pictures

Nadja Auermann, 1994

Nadja Auermann, 1994

Photographd by Irving Penn, Vogue, July 1994

Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt, 1997

Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt, 1997

Photo: Kevin Mazur/Wire Image

Agyness Deyn, 2007

Agyness Deyn, 2007

Photographed by Robert Fairer, Vogue, July 2007

Kristen McMenamy, 2011

Kristen McMenamy, 2011

Photographed by Steven Meisel, Vogue, August 2011

Rihanna, 2012

Rihanna, 2012

Photo: Getty Images

Abbey Lee, 2012

Abbey Lee, 2012

Photographed by Norma Jean Roy, Vogue, February 2012

Gwen Stefani, 2013

Gwen Stefani, 2013

Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, April 2013

Sky Ferreira, 2013

Sky Ferreira, 2013

Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, Vogue, February 2013

Kristen Stewart, 2017

Kristen Stewart, 2017

Photo: Getty Images

Beyoncé with Jay-Z, 2018

Beyoncé with Jay-Z, 2018

Photo: Shutterstock

The season when blondes have the most fun is officially right around the corner. And with temperatures taking baby steps toward hot, beauty novices and risk takers alike may be tempted to take the full peroxide plunge. But before your next color appointment, or a trip to your nearest drugstore, take a look back and get inspired by history’s most iconic bleached babes, from Courtney Love with her exposed rocker roots to the timeless single processes of Etta James and Marilyn Monroe.

If the radical icy transformations of past and present have taught us anything, it’s that a bottle blonde dye-job, whether temporary or permanent, can prove life-changing. After all, few beauty moves can instantly catapult a look from everyday to extraordinary—see Kristen Stewart’s arctic buzzcut or Beyoncé’s white platinum waves. In celebration of the cool-girl hair color of the moment, here are some of history’s best platinum moments.

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