The name Gwen Stefani is practically synonymous with "platinum blonde." With very few exceptions — like baby blue and pink hair moments in the late ‘90s and black dip-dyed ends in 2014 — the singer has always been a flaxen icon. We honestly can&apost even remember when she&aposs let even a centimeter of her roots show, so it&aposs easy to forget that she&aposs naturally a brunette. Luckily, she reminds us of her natural hair color every now and then, like in the throwback photo she posted to Instagram for her brother&aposs birthday.
On Wednesday, June 17, Stefani posted, "Happy b day @ericstefanimation #ericstefani i wouldn’t be me w out u! love u!!!" alongside a photo of herself presenting her older brother and former bandmate, Eric Stefani, with a birthday cake. Based on the quality of the photo and the style of the clothing, it seems to have been taken in the early 1990s. But the real giveaway regarding how old the photo may be is Stefani&aposs hair color.
Stefani, seen wearing a white, sleeveless dress, is a brunette in the picture. Though it&aposs a paler shade of brown — one might even call it bronde — it&aposs a dramatically different look than how we typically picture the No Doubt frontwoman. There are hints of blonde highlights (she&aposs a California girl, after all), foreshadowing the lighter look Stefani would soon switch to.
This isn&apost the first time Stefani has given us a look at her childhood hair color. Last June, for Father&aposs Day, she posted a family photo revealing a rich brown shade. And in her iconic "Cool" video, she wore a brunette wig reminiscent of her natural color.
Stefani hasn&apost let the lockdown stand between her and her signature blonde style, but if she ever wanted to give bleach a break, she can feel confident that she&aposd look just as awesome as a brunette.
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