Lais Ribeiro x Elle UK June 2014 photographed by Enrique Badulescu

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The Ponytail


In 1954 Picasso met 19-year-old Sylvette David while on holiday in France. That year he produced over forty paintings, drawings and sculptures depicting David with her famously long, scruffy ponytail, which then became the subject of a much buzzed about exhibition in Paris. When Brigitte Bardot saw Picasso’s images of David she began wearing her hair in the style making it a fashionable favourite. Ponytails below by Bardot, Bianca Brandolini d’Adda and more …