My mom is a child of the 70s.
As a teenager, she grew up with the long blonde hair (middle part), bell bottoms, and frilly blouses.
As a result, from the moment I had hair, she combed it into a middle part. Every single day.
By the time I was old enough to do my own hair, I didn't know any better and continued on this middle part journey.
Through my 20s, I have tried desperately to get rid of my middle part. I hate it. I don't want it anymore! But nothing works! It falls back into 1970s hair before I know it.
Well, I've decided that if I can't change it, I might as well embrace it.
After all, aren't the 1970s in style this summer? So, maybe that makes ME in style!
I've decided to dedicate this post to a girl who epitomized the 1970s and made her middle part the envy of every school girl across the US.
I'm talking about Susan Dey.
She played teen dream Laurie on The Partridge Family, a happy-go-lucky television show about a musical family. (Think Glee meets The Brady Bunch).
Guys wanted to date her and girls wanted to be her.
The Partridge Family princess was a huge fashion icon during the 1970s, revealing a softer, more mainstream version of boho chic that any teenage girl could wear to school.
Susan, an Illinois native, started out her career as a model. Her mother read an article about fashion modeling in Seventeen Magazine and submitted photos of Susan and her sister to a top modeling agency in New York City. They were immediately signed in 1968.
It wasn't long before Susan became the face of Seventeen Magazine herself.
As a model, Susan continued high school, which I found admirable. Drama was her favorite subject and she toyed with being an actress. She was set to play a duck in her school's Christmas play, when she was beckoned to take the role of Laurie in the new television show, the Partridge Family in 1970.
Thrilled, she packed her bags and moved to Hollywood.
Even with little acting experience, Susan turned the role of Laurie Partridge into a television icon. The 18-year-old was very similar to her television character: sweet, quirky, and with an adorable fashion sense.
When the show became a worldwide sensation, Susan became a huge star.
And her long straight hair with a middle part became one of the most sought after hair styles in the early 1970s.
So, in other words.
Middle parts ROCK.
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