Prepare to be obsessed with Jourdana Phillips. Tonight marks the Houston native’s first Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show–ever–but the rookie model is not afraid to stand out. In a sea of glossy bombshell waves, Jourdana’s newish bottle-blonde pixie proves what we’ve always known: Short hair is sexy as hell.
“It was almost three inches past shoulder length,” says Jourdana, who went short and blonde for another show with Victoria’s Secret lead hair stylist Anthony Turner. “He knows what to do with my hair, so I’m glad.”
Can you believe this was me a year ago!!? I’ve had two major hair cuts in the last year and I never thought in a million years I would cut my hair. I’m so glad I did! It’s helped me overcome the idea that my beauty is synonymous with the length of my hair. I’m sure for many women it’s difficult not to feel this way when everyone and everything tells you it is. Knowing this has given me a sense of empowerment, that regardless my beauty comes from a place that couldn’t be altered aesthetically. I no longer feel forced to adhere to society’s beauty standards and feel free to do as I please. You are sexy, strong and beautiful with long hair/short hair/pink hair/blue hair whatever!!! ?? #doyou #tbt #beauty #empowered #whatsyourkindasexy
In terms of maintenance, “I make sure I deep condition it two or three times a week,” she explains. “As soon as I wake up in the morning, tons of conditioner, and then I’ll put a little bit of a curl cream and then I’ll seal it with a little bit of oil.” The model alternates between Grapeseed oil–”which is great for my hair type”–and Shea Moisture Conditioner. “It’s like the coconut and hibiscus is really, really good. They have another one called Manuka Honey. That one is my favorite!”
Originally appeared on Elle.com.
Words: Julie Schott