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‘A feminist symbol’: How the humble ponytail scored a summer winner

By Lauren Cochrane

19 Aug 2023 · 2 min read

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  1. The England women's football team has helped to popularise the ponytail hairstyle during the Women's World Cup, with most of the team sporting the look. The hairstyle is seen as a practical measure for keeping hair away from the face during games.

Reaching the Women’s World Cup final on Sunday is, of course, a massive achievement for England, writes Lauren Cochrane. But the team also have another important distinction to enjoy – they have helped make the humble ponytail the hairstyle of the summer.

Celebrating Alessia Russo’s goal on Wednesday against Australia, ponytails swung from the heads of most of the team – from Russo herself to fellow goal scorers Lauren Hemp and Ella Toone, as well as Chloe Kelly, Georgia Stanway, Alex Greenwood and Rachel Daly.

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