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by on November 29, 2010

Taylor Swift is only the latest in a long line of stars to go broke for bangs and just look at the difference. She almost doesn’t look like a talentless succubus who’s coasting along on the lowered expectations and suspect taste of the American public. Almost. Below is a list of 5 celebs who have done a bang up job.

What a Little Bang Can Do: 5 Celebrity Bang MakeoversA bang is great for concealing a large fore- or fivehead, just ask Megamind understudy, Tyra Banks.

What a Little Bang Can Do: 5 Celebrity Bang Makeovers

They’re also good for covering a bald spot or for testifying at the Hague, both useful to Tyra’s archnemesis, Naomi Campbell.

What a Little Bang Can Do: 5 Celebrity Bang Makeovers

The China bang is the most severe of bangs, straight as a pin and twice as sharp. Katie Holmes traveled to the Far East and brought back a bang that did what Tom Cruise and his team of Scientologists couldn’t: gave her some personality.

What a Little Bang Can Do: 5 Celebrity Bang Makeovers

Then there’s the sloppy bang that’s more playful and is favored by many a soccer mom, such as this mother of two, Jennifer Lopez, who is on her way to pick up the twins in the minivan.

What a Little Bang Can Do: 5 Celebrity Bang Makeovers

Rihanna‘s career was founded on a bang. After she bobbed it, she side-banged it and her career took off under the aegis of an Umbrella-ella-ella.

What a Little Bang Can Do: 5 Celebrity Bang Makeovers

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Contributed by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester dot brathwaite at gmail