TIME: The 10 Most Iconic Hairstyles

Pam Grier’s Afro

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The civil rights movement propelled the rise of the Afro, a natural style worn by African Americans in the ’60s and ’70s. Instead of emulating white Europeans’ straight hairstyles, the Afro embraced the wearer’s hair texture in a powerful statement of pride. Pam Grier, who starred in a string of ’70s blaxploitation films, rocked an Afro while portraying assertive female characters. Grier’s hair was big, bold and unforgettable.

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