I have been obsessed with Sandra Bullock since my sister introduced me to Practical Magic back when I was a tween and being a witch undercover was cool (all my Halloween Town fans raise your wands high), so when People magazine announced Sandra Bullock as 2015’s Most Beautiful Woman, I could not agree more. The woman is 50 years young, living as a single mother to son Louis, and balancing a healthy lifestyle with a successful acting career — talk about inspiring!
It seems like Bullock only gets better with age. I continue to be thoroughly impressed by her inability to look anything but flawless whether on screen (despite those times she has to look disheveled — it's just for a role guys!) or walking the red carpet, the woman is a vision complete with natural beauty and a rockin’ bod.
But it’s more than that. Sandra Bullock is humble. She doesn't base her beauty on the fact that she's working in Hollywood as an actress who people emulate; her beauty lies behind the camera. Acting is Bullock's job, but when the cameras stop rolling, she’s back to her normal off-screen life, making sure outside the world of sets and props, of makeup artists and hair stylists, that at the end of the day she is just as good as a person as she is a character on screen.
In an interview with People, Bullock provides us with her definition of real beauty:
"Real beauty is quiet. Especially in this town, it's just so hard not to say, 'Oh, I need to look like that,' " she explains. "No, be a good person, be a good mom, do a good job with the lunch, let someone cut in front of you who looks like they're in a bigger hurry. The people I find most beautiful are the ones who aren't trying."
The inner beauty of this Oscar winner definitely reflects on the outside as her style continues to grow with her maturity. When I’m not too preoccupied trying to figure out how my physique can be as sexy as hers at 50, I’m obsessing over her hair. Relatively speaking, Bullock has two go-to do’s: she either likes it all the way up or all the way down, and even though you may be thinking “how boring,” I’m thinking “how genius.”
Maybe simplicity really is key, because it works. Check out the evolution of her hair, as told by several of her most iconic film roles. Beware — this list is sure to make you wonder “why doesn’t my hair ever look that good?” Because you aren't being followed by makeup artists and a film crew, that's why. But, logic aside, proceed with jealousy.
1. While You Were Sleeping (1995)
I don't know about you, but my buns never look messy and adorable all at once. Throw back to when Bullock was pretending to be an unconscious man's girlfriend in the '90s, when presenting yourself to the in laws looking like a hot (emphasis on the hot) mess was probably acceptable.
2. Hope Floats (1998)
In Hope Floats, Bullock plays a woman coping with finding out on live television that her husband cheated, getting a divorce ASAP, raising her daughter, and moving back home to live with her mother. No wonder her curly hair looks barely tamed. No worries, though. The small-town-boy-turned-hunk from high school she inevitably falls in love with lends her his cowboy hat, which hides her poof rather nicely.
3. Practical Magic (1998)
When Bullock's character isn't casting spells and trying to bring back her sister's ex-boyfriend (which she sort-of-not-really accidentally murdered) from the dead, she's making quite the steamy love connection with the cop investigating her case. And while things are heating up, I'm loving what the humidity is doing for her hair — #curlsfordays.
4. Miss Congeniality (2000)
From pageant contestant to Oscar winning actress, we now know where Bullock gets the majority of her red carpet hairspiration from.
5. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
I was temporarily heartbroken when the actress chopped her locks, but it didn't take long for me to re-obsess over her #shorthairdontcare 'do.
6. The Lake House (2006)
Bobs are always in. Add a side bang to the mix and here we have perfection.
7. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)
Sandra Bullock would be the woman to take a designated mom haircut and make it cute.
8. The Blindside (2009)
During The Blindside, Bullock played real life southern belle Leigh Anne Tuohy who took Michael Oher off the streets into her home and raised him as her own. Saving lives and pushing boundaries, all while maintaining those platinum blonde locks.
9. The Proposal (2009)
In more than half of The Proposal, Bullock has her hair in a tight, sleek ponytail. I'm not sure why, considering she wakes up besides Ryan Reynolds with just the right amount of volume, but Bullock you own that ponytail. Work that up 'do.
10. Gravity (2013)
Smart decision here, on Bullock's part. Anti-gravity can make for some funky hair. I love the idea of a pixie cut, and while I may not personally be able to rock one, the actress does so perfectly.
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