Wigs are usually worn in films, TV shows, theatre productions and costume parties to create distinct characters. But in our day-to-day lives, only a few would wear them and their usual choice for a wig color is either blonde, black, brown, platinum or auburn…but PINK? In 2011, Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry wore a pink wig in joining 40,000 participants in the Revlon Run Walk Charity event in Los Angeles which aimed to raise funds for breast cancer-related projects.
For more than three decades now, October has been designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), an annual worldwide event organized by major breast cancer charities. Breast cancer statistics shows that in 2018, an estimated 330,080 new cases of breast cancer among women are expected to be diagnosed in America alone. BCAM’s noble objectives are to increase awareness about breast cancer, raise funds for breast cancer research and offer support to those afflicted by it. Various activities are organized such as the breast cancer walk and race for a cure, pink illumination of landmark buildings, symposia and pink wig nights. In all these activities, the dominant color is the symbol of breast cancer – PINK! Participants wear pink shirts, shorts, dresses, caps, socks, footwear, sunglasses, headbands, bangles, lipstick, scarves and wigs. So, if you and your family and friends want to take part in this worthy cause, then inject some fun and style too. Here are the 10 memorable pink-wigged / pink-haired movie, TV show or stage play characters that can be your look’s inspiration:
- 1. Ann Wheeler (“The Greatest Showman” film)
- 2. Frenchy (“Grease” film)
- 3. Poppy (“Trolls” film)
- 4. Effie Trinket (“The Hunger Games Trilogy” film)
- 5. Alice Ayres (“Closer” film)
- 6. Stephanie (“Lazy Town” TV show)
- 7. Charlotte (“Lost in Translation” film)
- 8. Sugar Plum Fairy (“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” film)
- 9. Three Little Pigs (“Shrek the Musical” theater production)
- 10. Patrick Star (“SpongeBob Square Pants: The Broadway Musical” theater production)
1. Ann Wheeler (“The Greatest Showman” film)
Ann (played by Zendaya) is a confident and experienced trapeze artist whose strength enables her to perform aerial rope displays with amazing speed and ease. Wear her pink candy floss-colored wig with a mini satin dress to a BCAM charity dinner perhaps. With your aerialist look you can inspire other women, especially those battling breast cancer, with Ann’s inner beauty, confidence and strength. They too can fly high with their dreams, despite what they are going through.
2. Frenchy (“Grease” film)
The 1978 movie “Grease” has become one of the most successful musicals of all time. Although the central characters are lovebirds Danny and Sandy, the supporting characters made a mark too. One of them is Frenchy, a whimsical, fun-loving, bubbly, friendly member of the school gang Pink Ladies. So if you are as full of life as Frenchy, put on a colorful attire in different shades of pink and top it off with a bubblegum pink wig. Then share tons of fun and laughter as you support a worthy cause!
3. Poppy (“Trolls” film)
The Trolls may be physically small, but their lives are filled with happiness as they sing, dance and hug each other all day. Leading the pack is Poppy (voiced by Anna Kendrick), a princess turned queen of the Trolls, who is eternally optimistic, caring and friendly to everyone. You can be Poppy-like in the company of breast cancer patients and survivors as you laugh, run, sing or dance with them in your bright pink costume and an equally bright pink wig that sticks up in the air.
4. Effie Trinket (“The Hunger Games Trilogy” film)
It is safe to say that The Hunger Games Trilogy is “owned” by its lead protagonist, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), but many will agree that the effortless scene-stealer in the film is Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks). An escort and a fashion icon in the Capitol, Effie is eccentric, fashionably flamboyant, well-mannered and can be bright and bubbly at times. You will surely have great fun dressing up as Effie at more formal functions during the BCAM. And if you may say something to the cancer patients, you can use Effie’s catchphrase: “May the odds be ever in your favor”, which means “May you have the best chances of being triumphant, not just now, but always!”
5. Alice Ayres (“Closer” film)
Perhaps Alice (as portrayed by Oscar winner Natalie Portman) is the most profound character in this list, being a stripper who gets entangled in complicated relationships. But hey, this fictional character also saves three children from a burning building. So, put on that cotton-candy pink wig and channel the fearless side of Alice, just like breast cancer survivors who never retreat from their battle.
6. Stephanie (“Lazy Town” TV show)
Do you have a young daughter, sister, cousin, neighbor or friend who shares your enthusiasm to support breast cancer causes? Then the Stephanie character would best suit her (or them, if you will be in the company of a bunch of happy gals). Stephanie is the perfect choice to be a model for young girls with her positive, sunny and bright personality. An active girl, Stephanie encourages the residents of Lazy Town to participate in energetic hobbies and activities. And she loves anything pink! Without a doubt then, Stephanie can be the ultimate poster girl for a breast cancer walk or marathon. To encourage young girls to be a Stephanie with her winsome personality and active lifestyle, to stay happy and healthy.
7. Charlotte (“Lost in Translation” film)
Charlotte (Scarlet Johansson), a young college graduate, joins her busy photographer husband in Tokyo and realizes her uncertainty about their relationship and future together. She soon meets and bonds with a much older man, an actor, and this adds a twist to her humdrum life. In one fun night in Tokyo, Charlotte wears a pink wig which has since become an iconic look. Get her to look with a light pink wig and perhaps, at a BCAM event, you can encourage the breast cancer patients you meet who are anxious about life’s uncertainties, just like Charlotte always embraces hope.
8. Sugar Plum Fairy (“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” film)
Just for a day or night, you can be a fairy who brings love, kindness, hope and all the sweetness in the world to breast cancer patients and survivors by being the Sugar Plum Fairy. Dress up in an elaborate pink gown and a pink cotton candy-ish voluminous wig and in a snap, you will be Sugar Plum Fairy from the Land of Sweets in “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”. The movie is yet to come out in November 2018, but by channeling her look and vibe, you will be the first Sugar Plum Fairy to land on Earth when celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October.
9. Three Little Pigs (“Shrek the Musical” theater production)
Hey, Breast Cancer Awareness Month isn’t just a celebration exclusive to the female of the species. The big C can also be a nightmare for men, although male breast cancer is rare as research shows that less than one percent of all breast cancer cases affect men, and only one in a thousand men are prone to it. So for the grandpas, daddies, uncles, sons or boyfriends reading this, your support for BCAM is needed to make it a success. Why not join a fun run and add more fun wearing the pink wigs of the funny three little pigs from “Shrek the Musical”? You will surely get a thumbs up from all the ladies!
10. Patrick Star (“SpongeBob Square Pants: The Broadway Musical” theater production)
Patrick Star, the chubby, naïve coral pink sea star character in SpongeBob Square Pants, is well known as the best friend and neighbor of the lead star, SpongeBob. So if you are male and have a best friend (or for that matter, a family member or relative or a co-worker) who has triumphed or continues to battle breast cancer, then be there for her/them as the world celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Join an activity or two in a pink wig with an upward front flip, a pink shirt and a pink pair of shorts, and you are ready to be a best friend to everyone who has ferociously fought or continues to fight breast cancer.
There are many important festivals around the world every October. But equally significant is the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month celebration. Most likely you know a person or two who have a story to tell about facing, suffering from and winning over the enemy breast cancer.
You can show your love to them by supporting BCAM without sacrificing the fun and enjoyable part of doing it. Adorn yourself in colorful pink clothes and wear that neon, bubblegum, cotton candy, light or dark pink wig of any of the film, TV or stage play characters that you want to portray and bring happiness to your fellow BCAM supporters. Don’t ever forget the pink wig – as the Pink Wig Project says, “The pink wig stands for power – the power to live your life and not let cancer rule.”