The dos and don’ts of being a news anchor – the power of on-air ...


The dos and don’ts of being a news anchor – the power of on-air hair

Unruffle-able or unbelievable? Whats is newsreader hairchitecture really trying to tell us?

Lisa Armstrong

That teaser trailer of Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and Charlize Theron from Bombshell, the forthcoming film about the sex scandal that exploded in 2016 around Roger Ailes, the late, disgraced CEO and chairman of Fox TV, is gripping for many reasons, not least the retina-scorching colour all newscasters must wear. But jeez, Nicole’s hair.

Bombshell, we are led to believe, and so it may prove, is An Important Movie about An Important Topic. Meryl Streep pretty much ordered Nicole Kidman to take the role of Gretchen Carlson, a front-line, based-in-fact presenter who, along with her colleague Megyn Kelly (Theron), courageously took Ailes down for sexual harassment.

It’s all throbbingly topical. As are Nicole’s, Margot’s and Charlize’s dos. I barely recognised Nicole under that pumped-up thatch, which is such a faithful recreation of newscaster hair it borders on parody...

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