Ireland Basinger Baldwin: I Want My Hair to Be Lavender

07/01/2013 at 01:02 PM ET

Ireland Bassinger Baldwin blonde hairMichael Simon/Startraks

Is there another big celebrity hair change on the horizon? We caught up with Ireland Basinger Baldwin, and the blonde beauty revealed she has the itch to dye her hair an unexpected hue.

“I actually want my hair to be lavender,” she told PEOPLE at John Frieda’s Blonde Appreciation Month Artwork Unveiling in NYC. “I’m so into lavender hair. It’s really cool, I want it so badly but no one wants me to have it obviously.”

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While she’s open to trying a color like Kelly Osbourne’s, the 17-year-old model said she’s a bit more hesitant to rock a dramatic half-shaved head look like Rosario Dawson’s.

“I don’t think I could pull that off!” she said.

Baldwin is no stranger to dramatic hair color changes. She’s actually a natural brunette, and it was her mom (Kim Basinger) who convinced her to go from dark to blonde a few years ago.

“When I was little I was pretty blonde, and then it gradually just faded out to brunette as I aged, but she’s always loved me as a blonde,” Baldwin said of her mom’s influence. “Everybody would tell me, ‘go back to blonde, go back to blonde,’ so I just did it.”

We think her current shade is perfect for the season. And Baldwin agrees: “With my blonde hair, I think about summer and the ocean.”

–By Sydney Berger

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Rebecca on

Strange that she encouraged her daughter to bleach her hair, but it does suit her.
I think she’d look good with lavender hair. She’s only a kid, may as well try it before she’s expected to be serious lol.

Tonya on

Typical dumb twit thing to say

De on

Really, lavender hair?

Sammi on

That’s great….but why is this news? She didn’t even actually do it.

Keith on

Slow news day?

fanofboardwalkempire on

I like the blonde hair and I am sure that Lavender while fun for a minute would get boring and tired very fast! Stay blonde Ireland!

AmyinOaktown on

Seriously! Must be a slow celebrity news day….

Anna on

Beautiful but her mother is one of a kind..

DeltaDiva on

Slow news day, I see….

mrsmass on

big celebrity hair change? since when is this chick a celebrity?

Vanessa on

So wait, her mom encouraged her to start dying her hair when she was around 14 years old? Way to take away her childhood.

OhMy! on

So a teenage girl wants to color her hair. Now that’s some real exciting new’s.

Joan on

Silly Baldwin, lavender is for kids…….or twits like Kelly Osborne.

Ryry on

This girl needs to fire her PR person (or better yet go out and actually DO something). She hasn’t accomplished anything newsworthy, yet is continuously being pushed into the limelight as if she is significant. STOP!

Sarah on

I absolutely hate to see this article posted next to “Remembering the 19 firefighters who lost their lives.”

It’s ridiculous to post a story about what dumb brat wants her hair color to be. Come on…

KD on

What idiot encourages their daughter to ruin her hair at such a young age….? Brilliant advice there, mom.

robby on

I am going to braid the hair in my nether regions.
Does this qualify as news ?

o on


or not

Joan on

Apparently she’s not taken a good look at Kelly Osborne. YIKES!!!

sandy on

YAWN! If you want it GO do it! Geez, who cares!

Suzy on

She is a beautiful blonde, but she was drop-dead gorgeous to-die-for with her dark hair.

Suzy on

I also don’t understand why her mother would encourage her to bleach her hair blonde when she was so young and so perfect the way she was…maybe to look more like mommy???


awwwww she’s so sweet….

Kitty on

Great…Then her father is apt to call her a purple pig.

TraceyD on

I need to go to the bathroom. Wanna report that too?

Amanda on


Sam on

who cares!! OMG!! this is so lame…

Annie on

Why is this news?

Smithy on

Seriously? This is a story? WTF?

Lee on

How on earth did this kid’s PR people get this “story” to see the light of day?! Come on…

tulmon on

You can certainly see her young age come through, but she would be just as pretty with her natural and dark. I think her mother is trying to make her just like her, she should let her be her own person, and if she wants to have lavender hair, she will look pretty in that too.

jennrae on

Personally I think she stuns with dark hair and it makes her look less like her mother. Beautiful though she is, to be a model, is it really advantageous for her to look almost exactly like another (former) model? She will always be compared to her mom. I say, dye it dark and consider chopping it all off,

kim on

i wish she would go away already

menotyou on

How sad it is that girls today know more about hair color and eye shadow than they do about math and science. Dream big, Ireland.

Lisa on

Not exactly mom of the year, but she seems to be wacko – poor girl with those parents.

Alex on

For the love of God, stick with blonde. Don’t confuse others into thinking you’re smarter.

me on

lol good things she has connections. While she is pretty that face is definitely not model face. She has a funky looky daddy face!

Becca on

A whole article on the color of her hair going into detail about how she used to be blonde and how it changed colors over time…blah blah blah. Seriously?! This was worthy of being written about and published? I think I just lost several brain cells after reading this article.

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DJ on

I am so tired of People’s ridiculous so called “news worthy” stories…this is one of the dumbest!

Jasmine Terse on

Rich, white kid problems, lol

Angie on

Lavender tips would be so pretty! I’d love to do that but at 31 I think I’m a little too old to pull it off!

sharkweek12 on

What a riveting story! Yeah, I know I didn’t have to read it. Kind of wish I hadn’t.

Linda on

I guess at her age, there’s nothing else to worry or talk about.

ProudAmericanWoman on

Looking at this photo I don’t understand how this girl is a model. She is very average looking. She may be tall & fake blonde & have famous parents, but on her own it would never happen based on her appearance. She’s pretty enough but not really anything unusual or special. She looks like just any other high school girl.

a on

she looks so much like her dad!

Ann on

Aren’t we all missing the real story? Since when did she use Ireland BASINGER Baldwin?? Hmmmm.

Sahwawa on

WOW ! What news….

Cate on

Some of the commenters don’t get it. “People” is trying to do something good by helping promote an aspiring model who isn’t stick thin. I think it’s a nice change. She’s not particularly interesting right now, but perhaps she will be someday.

Catherine on

This is the worst thing I read all day. I only read the article to see if it was a rubbish as the title implied. It was worse.

dudley doright on

don’t u wish u had these serious problems…hair no hair…lavendar no lavendar?!

smartgirl06 on

I can’t believe this is a story with so many things going on in the world—what someone wants their hair color to be…people has devolved…a lot.

Alice on

Think hard about this Ireland. Think of the only other celebrity to have lavender hair. Do you really want to look like Kelly Osborone?

omerta138 on

Meh, I’m in my 30’s with lavender hair and it looks pretty good. But I don’t exactly dress “normal” so it’s probably easier to pull off.

Seagyn on

I think the dark hair works better. The blonde makes her look like every other blonde high school girl. Nothing special, to be honest. With her light eyes and dark hair, she could be stunning. I don’t think Kim meant it bad by saying Ireland should go blonde. But it does give the impression that she wanted to turn her daughter into her back in the 80’s. Maybe as a help to get her into the business.

Genoveffa on

Twit alert!!! This one has been craving media attention for 2-3 months and People has stepped up to the plate. Lavender hair? Really? And this is “celebrity” news. I am rolling my eyes.

Rolyat on

Not 100% sure I agree that she’s a model or that she will ever be on her Mother’s level. Her Mother was in a catagory all her own. Smoking hot, sultry, sexy. Kim could make the camera druel.

Danielle on

And we care what color this girl wants to dye her hair…why???

Amaryllis on

Not going to get many modeling jobs with lavender hair.

Lea on

what an incredible article. LOL…..

Famous For Being Famous on

Basinger Baldwin? Girl, goodbye with your narcissistic sense of entitlement. come back when you have earned your keep by your own merits and talent.

Betty on

That’s the color of the older lady’s back in the 60 and 70s

Nora on

DO your thing, girl! Don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. Following what the masses want will make you average and bland.


Marge on

Why should we care and how is this news?

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