Famed photographer David Bailey sheds light on the late Princess Diana’s iconic golden locks.
The 83-year-old spoke to The Telegraph about his long career and revealed a few secrets about photographing Diana and Queen Elizabeth II back then.
Bailey claimed in his interview that the Princess of Wales – who died after a car crash in 1997 – had “terrible hair” while the “girly” Queen had “lovely” curls.
He noted a moment in 1988 when he shot and killed the young royal and his assistant shone a light on her head.
“I was like, ‘Oh fk!'” he recalled, adding that Diana replied, “Don’t think about it; It was a terrible accident.”
“I told her she was very generous. That’s right, because she asked me what magnanimous means,” he continued.
The artist then claimed that Diana’s locks were “firm as a plastic dummy” due to the copious amounts of hairspray used.
Bailey rose to fame for his eclectic black and white portraits, with one of his most famous works being that of Diana, taken in 1989 when she was just 27 years old.
Photographer Norman Parkinson was the first nominated to take snaps of the mother-of-two, but she later chose Bailey. He had previously shot and killed Princess Margaret’s husband, Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon.
Diana’s legacy and her untimely death will be featured in season five of Netflix’s The Crown, due out on the streaming service later this year.
Emma Corrin first portrayed the Queen in her younger years for Season 4 and Elizabeth Debicki takes over for Season 5, portraying Diana as a settled mother and princess of the people.
Hairstylist Sam McKnight revealed back in 2020 that he experienced deja vu recreating Diana’s hair for Corrin. He was Diana’s personal hairstylist for seven years until 1997.
“It felt weird,” McKnight told British Vogue at the time. Despite the hairstyle gig being his “first jobs out of lockdown”, he admitted he questioned the role in order to recreate Diana’s blonde mane.
“To be honest, Emma is playing Diana before I even met her, so it felt good,” the stylist added. “We nodded to the photos of Diana [in that period] and made a little pastiche out of it.”
McKnight is also known for creating Diana’s signature cut in 1990 – cropping her fluffy long hair into her shorter cropped haircut.