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Lily James might be a natural brunette, as she displayed beautifully at this year's Met Gala, but she just dyed her hair a shade of ice blonde that is not too dissimilar to a certain high-profile role she played recently. The British actor wore a platinum-blonde wig for her remarkable performance as Pamela Anderson in Hulu's "Pam & Tommy", and now she's decided to adopt the shade for real.
On 27 July, James shared a bare-faced brunette selfie to her 3.4 million Instagram followers. Hinting that a big change was afoot, the 33-year-old wrote that her hairdresser John MacPherson "means business". Then, with no warning, James debuted her new icy-blonde look. An impressed James posed on her Instagram Story, writing that the final result was a "hair miracle" considering it's notoriously difficult to go from dark to light hair. MacPherson also shared the glamorous results, whilst close friend Rita Ora commented, "I love her blonde my Lily!" and a fan account wrote, "Back to blonde my queen!"
Everything about the actor's new cut and colour seems like a nod to Anderson. James's take on the '90s glamour model won her an Emmy nomination, and she was open about the intense work she took on to transform herself into the bombshell. James said she lost 20 pounds for the role and was in the makeup chair at 3.30am for four hours of work on her eyes, wig, teeth, and more. And now her new hairstyle isn't far off the platinum wig, supermodel curls, and iconic curtain bangs she wore throughout the series. Plus, we love the bouncy blow-dry and soft layers, too.
The Anderson-style blonde isn't the only radical hair change we've seen from James as of late. Fans went wild for her dramatic black hair with a blunt fringe and bleached eyebrows for Versace's new autumn/winter 2022 campaign earlier this month. And James is set to rock a 'do closer to her roots for the upcoming film "What's Love Got to Do With It?" For this 2022 project, which also stars Emma Thompson and Sajal Ali, we can expect to see James as a brunette and wearing her hair in a wavy, long bob.
Switching it up between blonde and brunette is one of James's beauty trademarks. She went blonde for "Downton Abbey", wore a blonde wig for her breakthrough role in "Cinderella", and sported blonde boho waves for "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again". We have a feeling it's only a matter of time before she goes back to the dark side. Either way, there's no denying she looks fabulous with both hair colours.