12 of the most iconic celebrity mules of all time

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Party up front, business in the back. It’s the age-old description of the iconic hairstyle known as a “mullet.” Decades ago, the mullet enjoyed immense popularity, especially among some quite famous people. Here are 12 people who once wore their own mullet. You can decide if they rocked it or not.

Billy Ray Cyrus

Portrait of Billy Ray Cyrus

Billy Ray Cyrus helped make the mullet an iconic look. (Photo credit: Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)

Kicking off the list is the one and only Billy Ray Cyrus. Country singer and songwriter, Billy Ray Cyrus has become famous not only for his music, but also for his looks. When most people think of mullet hairstyle, they often think of this man here. The buzz on top with the long length at the back – it was mullet perfection. His mule was so important to him that he even wrote a song about it!

John Stamos

Portrait of John Stamos

John Stamos had a rocking mullet while playing Uncle Jesse in Full house. (Photo credit: Jeff Franklin Productions / Warner Bros. Television / MoviePics1001 / MovieStillsDB)

Who could forget the funny and charming John Stamos, who played the iconic Uncle Jesse in Full house? He was the ultimate cool guy and there was something so warm and comforting about Stamos in this role. Maybe it had something to do with the dark, luscious, wispy locks he wore. You just wanted to lose yourself in them.

david bowie

Portrait of David Bowie on stage

David Bowie on stage at Wembley Stadium during the Glass Spider tour. (Photo credit: Pete Still/Redferns/Getty Images)

Classic rock legend David Bowie was at the forefront of 1980s style. Everything he did set the fashion world in motion. So when he decided to cut his hair in a mullet, naturally, the rest of the world followed suit. Sporting all sorts of different colors, Bowie showed off the versatility of the mullet, inspiring both men and women to embrace the hairstyle for themselves.

Dolly Parton

Portrait of Dolly Parton speaking into a microphone

Country and western superstar Dolly Parton entertains the public at Magna Science And Adventure Park on December 5, 2007 in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England. (Photo credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Speaking of women who have embraced the look, Dolly Parton has also tried her hand at mullet. Always in love with big hair, Parton could tease the top of her mullet as high as she wanted. It makes sense that she would end up testing the mullet for herself considering she is godmother to Billy Ray’s daughter, Miley Cyrus!

Brian Bosworth

Portrait of Brian Bosworth wearing a football shirt

A close up of Seattle Seahawks No. 55 Brian Bosworth as he watches during the game against the Los Angeles Rams. (Tim De Frisco/Stringer/Getty Images)

The mullet has been so influential that it has even infiltrated the sports world. Former NFL football linebacker Brian Bosworth was well known for his aggressive mule-mohawk hybrid. When Bosworth quit playing football and entered the world of Hollywood, he brought the mullet with him. Her interpretation of the hairstyle can be seen in her first film cold stone (1991).

Mario Lopez

Portrait of Mario Lopez in a red varsity jacket

Mario Lopez during a private photo shoot at Ron Wolfson’s studio on June 17, 1990 in Studio City, California. (Photo credit: Ron Wolfson/Getty Images)

saved by the bell was televised from 1989 to 1993 and throughout the series Mario Lopez was AC Slater, the army jock with a curly mullet. There was enough gel in that mullet to make her hair look wet at all times, and the ladies couldn’t get enough. Lopez eventually dropped the hairstyle, but kept the dimple.

Meryl Streep

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Meryl Streep sported a mullet in her portrayal of Karen Silkwood in the 1983 film silk wood. (Photo credit: Twentieth Century Fox/murraymomo/MovieStillsDB)

Meryl Streep is one person who we forget had a mullet. Streep had no problem cutting her hair short, growing it out long, or dying it out for the role she’s cast in. It makes sense that she would welcome a restless mule. Although she didn’t keep the look for long, Streep sports the hairstyle in the biographical drama titled silk wood (1983).

Kurt Russell

Portrait of Kurt Russell

The mule was a perfect fit for Kurt Russell’s role as Jack Burton in Big problem in little China in 1986. (Photo credit: Twentieth Century Fox/Bane/MovieStillsDB)

Another person who made mullet part of his brand was Kurt Russell. The hair on top of her head still had so much volume, flowing into the long wavy locks at the back. It became a signature look for Russell, something he maintained into his older years. Even now, at 71, Russell maintains a bit of length in the rear reminiscent of his rocking mullet from the 1980s.

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney wearing a waistcoat, holding a guitar and playing

Even Paul McCartney sported a mullet in the past. (Photo credit: Brian Rasic/Getty Images)

Paul McCartney helped make the mop a popular hairstyle during his time with the Beatles. Obviously, he was already influencing men everywhere before the mullet, so when he made the back longer and the front shorter, he really helped popularize the look.

Florence Henderson

Florence Henderson looking at a photo with her reflection in a visible mirror

Florence Henderson, American actress, admiring photographs in frames on a table with a large mirror that reflects Henderson in a publicity portrait for the American television series ‘The Brady Bunch’, USA, circa 1972. (Photo credit : Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

Florence Henderson is best known for her role as Carol Brady in The Brady Group, which aired from 1969 to 1974. During part of that time, she wore her hair in what can only be described as two styles in one. Her pixie cut on top was accompanied by a shoulder bob below. It was such a dramatic mullet that only Henderson could really pull it off.

George Clooney

Portrait of a young George Clooney

Actor George Clooney poses for a portrait session in May 1985 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo credit: Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)

When George Clooney landed one of his first major roles in the 1984 sitcom E/R (no, not that Emergency room), he did it with a voluminous, curly mullet. Playing a ladies’ man called Ace, Clooney took the character beyond the screen, becoming a real-life ladies’ man. Clooney’s long black mullet was truly iconic.

Jane Fonda

Portrait of Jane Fonda wearing a choker

American actress Jane Fonda as call girl Bree Daniels in Klute (1971). (Photo credit: Silver Screen Collection / Getty Images)

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Jane Fonda acted for years before changing her hairstyle to sport a unique mullet. The bangs give Justin Bieber vibes, but the long hair in the back helps date the look to the 1970s. This was the haircut Fonda had for her snap when she spent a night in prison after an arrest. When her photo went viral, women around the world were asking for the Klute to cut.

Samantha Franco

Samantha Franco is a freelance content writer who received her Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Guelph and her Master of Arts in History from the University of Western Ontario. His research has focused on Victorian, medical and epidemiological history, with an emphasis on childhood illnesses. Stepping away from her academic career, Samantha previously worked as a heritage researcher and now writes content for several sites covering a range of historical topics.

In her spare time, Samantha enjoys reading, knitting and spending time with her dog, Chowder!


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