Cicely Tyson Becomes First Celebrity to Sport Cornrows on TV (1972)
Chocolate brown beauty Cicely Tyson was the first to debut cornrows to American television viewers on the show “East Side/West Side” in 1972. However, it was Bo Derek in a pre-Baywatch red swimsuit that put the look on the pop culture map in her brief, but memorable appearance in the movie “10,” starring Dudley Moore. (One could say that Bo Derek did for cornrows what J.Lo and Kim Kardashian have done for derrieres when we all know that black women have been graced with both since time immemorial). Since that time, cornrows have remained the vacation hairstyle of choice for generations of sun-burned white women and their daughters on holiday in the tropics.