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Through four decades of an expanding show business career, Reba McEntire's style, particularly when it comes to her hair, evolved with trends of the time. Her new ABC comedy, Malibu Country, gives us reason to look back at the curls, cuts and color that got as much attention as the woman who wore them.
In 1976, three years out of high school, two years past her big break (singing the national anthem at the 1974 National Finals Rodeo finals) and just as Charlie's Angels hits TV, Reba's Farrah Fawcett-like layers help other young woman relate to her.
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By the mid-1980s, perms are popular and so is Reba, who follows the trend. She also wins her first female vocalist of the year statue at the Country Music Association Awards.
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By the mid-1980s, Reba, photographed at home, has a rising career; she is touring with the Statler Brothers and moving up the country music charts. Her hair, upswept, frames her bright eyes and smile.
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Oklahoma-born Reba is all country when she's out onstage, and she wins the CMA's female vocalist of the year in 1986 and 1987. In 1987 she wins Grammy, too. The shoulder pads are as much a fashion of the time as the still-permed hair.
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By 1993, Reba is a movie and music star (she starred in 1990's Tremors) and her style reflects her confidence. Here she gets ready to shoot a music video, her hair more glamorous and fussy than her off-camera persona.
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By 1994 Reba's stage shows, like her hair, have exploded. They are extravaganzas with multiple costume changes and, as she once put it, "more lights than Madonna or Michael Jackson." Here she performs at the Nassau Coliseum in New York.
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As the century comes to an end, Reba changes her look — a little more urban and sophisticated — and the hair is cut short. Here she rehearses for the 2000 Country Music Awards.
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She keeps the hair short and sassy into the new millennium, evident in 2002 backstage at the People's Choice Awards. She is also the star of her own CW TV show, Reba.
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In 2005, Reba's look evolves. Her CW show continues to do well as she injects more of her own personality into her character, and the real Reba becomes more a part of L.A. Here she attends a charity lunch in Beverly Hills.
By 2007, Reba is an accomplished actress and singer, her hair is loose and easy, reflecting who she is now — a woman who is as much at home on a global stage as she ever was in a rodeo arena.
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As she walks the red carpet in Las Vegas for the 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards, Reba is a music icon — poised and polished but at her essence, still country.
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