Amy Winehouse infamous beehive started ‘as a joke’

Amy Winehouse infamous beehive started ‘as a joke’

Amy Winehouse infamous beehive started ‘as a joke’

Alex Foden – Amy Winehouse’s hairdresser – has revealed her iconic beehive style was created “as a joke.” 

Foden created the beehive on the video set for her record “Back to Black” to the delight of Amy and the crew. 

Ahead of the tenth anniversary of Amy’s death on 23 July, he opened up about creating the beehive. 

“As a joke, I backcombed her hair massively and put an extra packet of hair in,” he told the Sunday People.

“It was never meant to be that big so I said, ‘let’s turn you into a caricature’. I’d get two packs of synthetic hair, which is light, put hairnets around it and sew those together. We called them fur balls,” he said.

“I said, ‘There you go, let’s go and show the finished look’, taking the p*ss obviously, and as we came out the trailer everybody went, ‘Oh my God! That is it, that is the signature look’.”

Foden knew Amy for five years and aided her beehive became something of a black hole. 

“She once couldn’t find her mobile for three days,” he said.

“She scratched her head and it was inside her beehive.”

The celebrity hairdresser credits Amy with “saving” him by paying for him to access professional help for drug and alcohol addiction.

“Amy’s my guardian angel,” he said. “I dream about her a lot.”

Amy died at the age of 27 on 23 July 2011 at her home in Camden, north London, from alcohol poising. 

Amy’s dad Mitch Winehouse told The Sun that he tries to make people remember Amy for “her talent, her generosity and the love she showed us all” and “not just her troubles with addition.” 

He added: “The thing is, though, and I can’t say this clearly enough, I would give back every penny just to have my daughter back,” he said.

“Ten years after her death, she is still looking after her loved ones — her family and many of her friends have been supported by her — and that’s typical of her. She was generous in life and in many ways she still is now.”

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