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Amy Winehouse in her signature beehive

The Beehive is a woman's hairstyle that resembles a beehive; it is also known as the B-52, for its similarity to the bulbous nose of the B-52 Stratofortress bomber. Margaret Vinci Heldt of Elmherst, Illinois, owner of the Margaret Vinci Coiffures in downtown Chicago, gained national recognition as the creator of “The Beehive” hairstyle. “The Beehive” originated in 1958 as one of a variety of elaborately teased and lacquered versions of "big hair" that developed from earlier pageboy and bouffant styles. The beehive style was highly popular throughout the 1960s, particularly in the United States and other Western countries, and remains an enduring symbol of 1960s kitsch.


The beehive in the 1950s and 1960s

  • Audrey Hepburn's character in Breakfast at Tiffany's sported a large fashionable beehive.
  • Yeoman Janice Rand from the original 1960s Star Trek TV series wore a complex, 'futuristic' version of a beehive.
  • In the Flintstones episode "Fred's New Boss" (season three), Wilma Flintstone and Betty Rubble get their hair done in gigantic, elaborate beehives at a salon, and the pair drive their car very slowly to protect their hairdos. Unfortunately, their 'dos are destroyed after a fast-moving dinosaur vehicle passes by and blows them down.
  • '60s singing icon Dusty Springfield was known for her trademark beehive and panda eyes look.

Later beehive usage

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