Ever since her days on the runway, Amber Valletta has long been a style muse of ours. At 40, Valetta is just as stunning as the day she first hit the catwalk, and when it comes to her ultimate anti-aging tip, the change is in the hair! Last night at the H&M Conscious Collection Launch in West Hollywood, CA, the star surprised us with the debut of her pixie cut, which she offset with heavy bangs. “I feel like I look like I did when I cut my hair off the first time when I was 20,” she tells us, noting that the change comes for her upcoming role on the TV show Legends. “I mean, except I know I’m not 20, but I kind of feel like, ‘Oh, there’s that girl again, but she’s a woman now! I feel more bold, for sure.”

Although the recent short hair trend has sparked a few celebrity pixies (Here’s looking at you, Julianne Hough!), Valletta assures us that wasn’t what inspired her new ‘do. “I was kind of annoyed that everybody was cutting their hair because I didn’t want people to think I’m following the trend, and then I was like, “Who cares?” I was starting the trend when I was 20, so it’s fine!” she adds.

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– Carita Rizzo