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Heidi Klum's Cornrows: Are They In ... Or Are They Out?

07/08/2013 at 11:07 AM ET

Heidi Klum cornrows Javier Mateo/Startraks

We’ve seen tons of stars experiment with super-tight braids this summer, but Heidi Klum is never one to merely give a trend a try.

That’s why we weren’t surprised to see her step out with a full head of cornrowed braids (and a beachy Theodora & Callum scarf) in N.Y.C. on Sunday, fresh from her Bahamian vacation.

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Anyone who visited the Bahamas in middle school knows the allure of coming back with beaded cornrows or hair wraps to show that you went on a cool, tropical vacation. And in fact, Klum did seem to have gotten her braided style in solidarity with her two daughters, who sported similar looks.

Klum can pull off things the rest of us mere mortals cannot, but we’re split on the Bo Derek look on the N.Y.C. streets. Half of us think it should stay on the beach, and the other half think it’s a creative way to stay cool in the city’s scorching temperatures.

Tell us: Where do you fall in the great braid debate?

–Alex Apatoff

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Ayisha Green on

It looks silly!! and those aren’t Bo Derek braids….She wasn’t the originator of those braids. Just stop it

iluvla on

White people’s hair is too straight for cornrows. It looks ridiculous!

AJ on

Tons of people do this…this is a VERY common practice among people vacationing in the Bahamas, no matter what race. I am from the Midwest and know many people, all very white and “Midwestern”, who have worn cornrows upon their return from the Bahamas. I don’t really have a stance on whether it looks good or bad, but I do think everyone needs to lighten up!

breynolds529 on


Anita Petersen on

Here is a mom’s perspective and a BIG guess … her daughters wanted to get it done and wanted her to get them done too. As a Mom, do you say “No – I can’t do that – people might write blog posts about it” OR – do you look at your daughters and see how happy it would make them and say screw it! I would have if I were her.

Anna on

So many comments saying she’s too white for this look. I can’t imagine what would be said if one person said someone’s ‘too black’ for a look. Ridiculous double standards. I think she looks great, she’s on vacation and having fun with her family.

JJ on

Cornrows on ANYONE look a little ridiculous, but even more so on white people.

Jenn on

I love all these comments about how they look ridiculous on a white girl…..NEWS FLASH! They don’t look good on you black folks either….just an FYI.

Nancy on

I think it’s PRACTICAL. She’s a mom, doesn’t have time to fuss and can get on with spending time with her kids. I braid my hair when I go swimming, too.

layla on

Cornrows look ridiculous on anyone wearing them !!!!!!!

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