Tim and Gayle worried about Oprah

The blockbuster 20th season of The Oprah Winfrey Show started with a huge splash…and a very big problem. It was so big that Tim Bennett, the president of Harpo, Inc., and Gayle King, Oprah's best friend, had to sit Oprah down and let her know.

"It was so distracting to me," Gayle says.

"Something looked different to me that I felt I needed to address," Tim agrees. Finally, he says, he got to the point where he had to say something. "I know I'm going where probably no man has gone before..."
Worse than the 'Tina Turner wig?'

Finally Tim and Gayle decided to break the news to Oprah!

"You know your hair, it's kind of flat," Tim says. "I miss the big hair."

"I'm wondering," Gayle asks, "is Andre [Oprah's hairstylist] mad at you?"

But it wasn't just Tim and Gayle who were worried about those follicles. Oprah's inbox was bursting with "constructive criticism" from viewers around the world.

Some of their comments include:
  • "Oprah, whoever talked you into that hair experiment should be sent to Siberia."
  • "You're a beautiful lady inside and out, but what the hell are you doing with your hair?"
  • "I'm watching you now and I just want to know, did your hairdresser have too much to drink or what?
  • "Your new straight style is worse than the 'Tina Turner wig.'"

Now, Oprah wants to set the record "straight!" "Black people have different hair than white people. When we have a perm relaxer on our heads it flattens it out. So when you do the perm, you should wait a couple days before going on the air. The problem has been fixed, okay!?"

Go back in time to Oprah's wildest styles!

But Oprah also warns that you may see the "flat head" hairdo a few more times. "Just know that you might see a few more episodes that feature my now-famous 'flat head.' Those shows are pre-taped so there's nothing we can do about it. So when you see the 'flat head,' know that I have heard you."
Iman, author of 'The Beauty of Color'

Iman truly puts the "super" in the word supermodel. She's married to legendary rock star David Bowie, is the mother of two children, is CEO of a global cosmetics company, and at 50 is still one of the most beautiful women in the world.

She's also the author of the book, The Beauty of Color: The Ultimate Beauty Guide for Skin of Color , a book to show women of every shade how to look their best.

"We now have to really define beauty in our own terms," Iman says. "Own it, it's yours. You have to approve of yourself before anybody can approve of you."

Iman wanted to help one overworked doctor trade in her hospital scrubs for a supermodel strut. See her perform makeover magic.
Naomi Campbell

When Iman was choosing beautiful women for her book, she paid international supermodel Naomi Campbell a compliment by choosing her. And the admiration goes both ways. Naomi calls Iman her "goddess."

"You're soft and you're feminine," Naomi says to Iman. "You're a mother, a wife. You take your priorities right. I want to learn from you."

Inspired by Iman's The Beauty of Color , Naomi helped one woman who's overprocessed hair was brittle and broken. See how she looks now! !
Modeling legends Iman and Naomi

After Oprah's Legends Ball —to which both Iman and Naomi were invited—we asked Naomi to do something that she had never done before: interview Iman, the living legend she's idolized since she was just 16 years old.

Naomi: So what is it like to be a legend—because you are a legend?

Iman: It feels very old.

Naomi: No, that's not true.

Iman: Sometimes it feels weighty because people think you should be a role model. And then you don't want to disappoint people because you are human, and you will err and to be carrying the weight of your whole race, you don't want to be responsible.

Naomi: I know for me, after so many others like you, [you've] made it easier to open the door for the others.
Eva Mendes

Actress Eva Mendes's beauty has been compared to legendary stars like Raquel Welch and Sophia Loren. She's also made a big splash on the big screen in Training Day and as Will Smith's love interest in Hitch, .

Iman noticed, too, and featured this Cuban-American beauty in The Beauty of Color .

We recruited Eva to show another woman how to highlight her assets. But can Eva possibly convince a "bleach addict" to make over her look?
Stevie Wonder

Fans have been waiting for a decade for new material from Stevie Wonder. Well, they'll wait no more! The legend performed "So What the Fuss" from his album A Time to Love.

Make over your look!
FROM: Oprah's Bad Hair Day!
Published on October 13, 2005


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