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Did You Know Sylvia Plath Once Went Platinum Blonde?

And she looked gorgeous.

1. This is probably how you’re used to seeing Sylvia Plath — the iconic and tragic poet – usually only in black and white photos, and sporting her trademark brown hair.

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2. But in 1954, Plath enjoyed a brief period as a blonde.

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3. Her blonde hair was part of an attempt to to start over and adopt a new persona, following her first suicide attempt in August of 1953.

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4. Plath, who had spent six months in psychiatric care following the suicide attempt, had seemed to improve greatly by the the summer of 1954.

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5. This period of time has been lovingly referred to by her biographers as her “platinum summer.”

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