Gwen Stefani as a Brunette (with Dark/Brown Hair)
Gwen with her natural dark hair, 1991Click thumbnail to view full-size
Gwen's 2005 video, CoolClick thumbnail to view full-size
Gwen Stefani might have had platinum blonde hair ever since 1995's Just a Girl spearheaded No Doubt's popularity, but her dark eyes, eyebrows, and Italian surname point to a different natural hair color altogether: dark brown.
Yup, Gwen Stefani is actually a brunette. I know, you're shocked. As was I!
In the video for her 2005 single, Cool, Gwen sported locks with a hue much closer to those she was born with--well, at least in those flashback scenes. In fact, the video shows her happily spending time with her beau, her curly dark tresses cascading onto her shoulders, while in later scenes, it suggests her boyfriend traded her in for another brunette when she began bleaching her hair. Come on, Gwen! (Gwen is still married to British rocker, Gavin Rossdale, so I'm assuming her prefers her as a blonde.)
Ironically, in her video, she's probably wearing a wig. She does look more classically beautiful, and, in my opinion, quite a bit younger, too.
A video shot in early 1991 (below), before she attained stardom, shows her with natural, dark-brown hair, and she's a real beauty. Maybe not someone who lives on pirate ships with a coterie of Harajuku girls, but still quite pretty.
Maybe someone will be able to explain why several Italian-American chanteuses - Madonna and Lady Gaga come immediately to mind, but let's not forget Diana DeGarmo, Ani DiFranco, Cyndi Lauper, and Justine Mattera - feel the need to spruce up their appearance with a heavy dose of peroxide. Maybe Italian men just prefer blondes? (Actually, I've been to Italy several times, and I would say that seems to be generally true)
Gwen said that she's had blonde hair since 1994, and she even pays homage to her hair color choice in her 2001 song Platinum Blonde Life. Check out these lyrics: "I want a platinum blonde life, so I keep bleaching out the colors." That, you do, Gwen.
At any rate, since the rule for aging celebrity women is to lighten their hair, not darken it, these pictures might be the last time you'll be able to see Ms Stefani-Rossdale with the hair color God gave her. Enjoy!