The mullet haircut is back and better than ever, but Jazmine Sullivan is giving the stylish style a twist of her own. “Happy Christmas, everyone,” the R&B singer said with a photo of the “Tiger King,” Joe Exotic, sporting a similar cut. The post was made on Instagram. Sullivan’s take on the “business in the front, party in the rear” hairdo has a rocker-chic edge that makes it stand out despite their stylistic similarities.
She furthered this intensity by performing at the 2022 V103 Winterfest in Atlanta while wearing a powerful black trench coat with shoulder pads, lace-up shoes, and a sheer lace catsuit. Sullivan joins famous people like Miley Cyrus and Lil Nas X who have worn the mullet in the twenty-first century, giving the contentious hairstyle a chance for redemption.
Although the mullet gained the majority of its notoriety in the 1980s, historically speaking, rebellious individuals have always sported it. The cut swiftly became a standard in LGBTQ+ communities after David Bowie’s legendary Ziggy Stardust praised the style’s capacity for gender ambiguity. It was also popular with counterculture rockers and country music fans, who shared a love for clothing that was seen as “tacky” and largely out of style.
Riawna Capri, co-founder of the Nine Zero One salon and celebrity hairstylist, claims that this is still the draw for celebrities today. According to Capri, this hairstyle is for a person who is self-assured, thinks outside the box, and has an edgier sense of style. In the end, if you have the confidence to rock a distinctive hairdo or item of clothes and be unusual, everyone else will enjoy it, too. View the images below to see how rocking it Sullivan is.