Former Olympian Cuts Off Her Hair and Wins Her Identity: Casey Legler


In the second installation of our five-part series exploring self-image and identity through hair, made in collaboration with Bedhead, we feature the story of Writer, Model and former Olympic Athlete, Casey Legler. From having long hair as a child, to shaving her head as an Olympic swimmer (something that only the male swimmers were allowed to do), to becoming a bleached blond with long flowing hair in her 20’s, to rocking her signature short, slicked-back look of today, the winding journey of Casey’s hair has articulated points of rebellion against society’s idea of what a woman should look like, compliance with that standard, and ultimately a growing comfort in who she is.

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Production engineer and certified swim coach. Full-time IT consultant, spare-time swimming aficionado. 2 sons, 2 daughters and a wife. President of the Faroe Islands Swimming Association. Likes to run :-)

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