American actress and dancer Louise Brooks solidified her place in pop culture and fashion by popularizing the bob haircut. With the height of her career in the 1920’s, Brooks starred in comedies and flapper films. Before her retirement in 1935, the silent film star lit up the silver screen with feature films such as ‘Pandora’s Box’, ‘A Girl in Every Port’, ‘Diary of a Lost Girl’ and ‘Beggars of Life’.
Brooks’ signature bob haircut contributed to a growing trend with women modeling their hair after hers and Colleen Moore. Short hair marked the era of “the new woman” where women became more bolder and independent with their style.