The recent passing of actress Carrie Fisher has the world in mourning and remembering fondly her iconic role as Princess Leia. We are also well aware of her famous hairdo with those buns from that movie! However, not many people are aware of the inspiration behind those buns that we have mimicked ever since we first saw her sporting them in Star Wars.
Her hairstyle is explained by director George Lucas back in 2002 for this Time interview:
“In the 1977 film, I was working very hard to create something different that wasn’t fashion, so I went with a kind of Southwestern Pancho Villa woman revolutionary look, which is what that is. The buns are basically from turn-of-the-century Mexico. Then it took such hits and became such a thing. In the new trilogy, the same thing applies, to try and do something timeless. I’m just basically having a good time.”