This two-time Academy award winner is rightfully considered one of the hardest working women in
Hollywood with credits as an actress in countless film and television series roles. She began her career at the age of 2 in
commercials (including one for Coppertone Suntan Lotion) and got her acting debut in the American TV series “Mayberry R.F.D.”
(a spin-off of “The Andy Griffith Show”). However, the role that most people remember as her “first” was in the 1975 film, “Taxi
Driver” for which she received an Oscar nomination playing the young prostitute, Iris.
Jodie has been chosen by Empire magazine as one of the “100 Sexiest Stars in Film History”, and
has always been considered a beauty in Hollywood. She has a natural glow and comfortable grace that comes across clearly in her
work. She also has beautifully silky hair and fine-boned features which certainly don’t do her any harm.
So let’s have a look at Jodie’s “look” over the last few years and see where she has made hits
and misses in the evolution of her style.
July 22, 2004
Here we see Jodie with her classic look: Silky, straight hair cut at or near shoulder length,
styled with an off-center parting. The cut is mostly blunt with only very slight layering/texture at the ends. Her hair is fine in
texture and appears to be mostly naturally straight. It’s a look most of us are accustomed to seeing Ms. Foster wear, but not
really one that suits her or shows her in the best light.
The straight lines of the hair style are emphasized by the placement of the parting, and in-turn
emphasize the vertical line of her aquiline nose and angular features. Her style needs more softness and a little more volume to
create a measure of balance in her face’s natural structure. In addition, the introduction of bangs/fringe into the style would
help to counter the high forehead.
The “natural” look is also something of a miss here in my opinion. Jodie has a beautiful,
fresh-faced look, but the absence of even a subtle bit of color leaves her face looking bland and flat, and only adds to the
harshness of the angles of the features.
November 10, 2004
Here’s Jodie Foster four months later at another movie premiere and we can see the difference in
her styling and the difference it makes in her look. This is a vast improvement, in my opinion. The cut of the hair is basically
the same, although there does appear to be a little more layering at the ends of the length. The parting is still at or near the
center of the head but the parting line is curved to break up the intensity of the effect.
The biggest difference, though, is in the addition of curl and wave into the hairstyle. This
adds a measure of volume to the hair and gives it some added movement which softens the overall look and balances Jodie’s features
very well. The addition of a moderate application of color to her makeup also adds definition to the contours of her face and
helps to eliminate the bland, angular look that is potentially counterproductive. There is still no fringe or styling element
to counter the high forehead, but this is an improvement.
February 26, 2005
Forward three more months and we see that the curls have grown. The parting at the top of the
head is broken up in the styling and the cascade of spiraling curls adds even more volume and motion to the hair. The difference in
the look from seven months prior is dramatic, and fully illustrates how styling can change the look as well as illustrating how
very little change can produce very dramatic results.
While this style still offers no fringe, the balancing effect of the curl and added volume at
the sides helps to soften the effect of the high forehead so that is seems less prominent at this point.