Will Oprah's Fabulous Gigantic Afro Wig Set a New Trend?

Chicagoan and celebrity hair stylist Kim Kimble put together the 'do for the big O, who's co-starring in a new film opposite Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker and has legions atwitter over the Switzerland handbag escapade.

Oprah Winfrey in Fabulous Gigantic Afro Wig

Sept. 2013 Cover of O Magazine Oprah Winfrey on the cover of the Sept. issue of O, The Oprah Magazine wearing the gigantic traffic-stopping Afro wig.

We know she sold her magnificent beaux-arts condo (a to-die-for design with solarium and butler's pantry), and back in February she began remodeling her 23,000-square-foot, $85 million Santa Barbara spread with an assist from designer Rose Tarlow. We know the queen of self-help and head of the (now strong) OWN network passed the daytime-TV torch to Rosie O'Donnell (who's still trying to turn that into a win). No matter. Oprah Winfrey is a Windy City daughter and FrontDoor has to at least mention that sensational September cover of O, The Oprah Magazine and all that hair.  It's magnificent. Just when Beyonc√© bobs it, Oprah goes booyah big.

Not everybody can pull off that recalibrated '70s look without professional help. Winfrey lined up another Chicago businesswoman, 41-year-old West Hollywood salon owner Kim Kimble, who has styled and guarded the hair secrets of vixens Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Shakira and Britney Spears, and works on the WE-TV reality series L.A. Hair. The 3.5-pound wig, equal to seven bags of hair or one of those toy dogs carted in handbags, was transported in its own special (climate-controlled?) bubble-wrap travel pouch, the currently in-demand Kimble told the Chicago Sun-Times

The 59-year-old Winfrey, draped in clingy burnt orange, a million-dollar smile and rocking the toppling wig she nicknamed "Wild Thang," looks svelte next to the towering caption: Let's Talk About Hair!  Critics and audiences will get a chance to watch the diva acting in Lee Daniels' film The Butler opening this August. And, according to the White House, Winfrey, along with Bill Clinton, will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor. 

But that wig has a legacy of its own. 


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