The Verdict Is In: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Beauty Accessory Is a Hit
Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg arrives for Neil Gorsuch's swearing-in ceremony as an associate justice of the US Supreme Court in the Rose Garden of the White House April 10, 2017 in Washington, DC.(BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 86, has found herself an unlikely style icon with her commitment to the once-reviled-but-making-a-comeback beauty accessory: the hair scrunchie.
The U.S. Supreme Court Justice has been wearing them for what seems like forever – or at least since the look was popular back in its 1980s heyday. Despite being reviled by ’90s harbinger of all things stylish — Carrie Bradshaw — Ginsburg’s love of the scrunchie has remained steadfast.
Indeed, she’s put the scrunchie on trial for decades, wearing one when nominated by then President Bill Clinton, while receiving an embrace from former President Barack Obama and at every public appearance since. She recently told the Wall Street Journal that, “My scrunchie collection is not as large as my collar and glove collections, but scrunchies are catching up,” said Bader Ginsburg, adding, “My best scrunchies come from Zurich. Next best, London, and third best, Rome.”
Above: U.S. President Barack Obama hugs Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before delivering the State of the Union address in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol January 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Ginsburg has become a household name even outside the U.S. and for more than her hairstyle, in part thanks to the documentary RBG, which debuted in January 2018 at the Sundance Film Festival. In a review of the film, The Hollywood Reporter stated, “The film brims with absorbing anecdotes … Once again, in these times of extreme polarization in politics, it’s cheering to hear how the ‘ladylike’ good manners Ginsburg learned from her strong single mother contributed to her ability to forge friendships with conservatives like associate Justice Antonin Scalia — who disagreed with her philosophically on nearly every point but still grew to feel a great, platonic affection for her right up until his death.”
So if you feel the urge to tie your hair back with an elasticized piece of colourful fabric, go ahead, you’ll be in good and wise company.