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Receding Hairline Forced Michael Jordan to Create a Revolution in Fashion

Published 02/07/2022, 8:00 AM EST

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Due to his accomplishments on the court, many people regard Michael Jordan as the greatest ever in the history of the NBA. However, he played an important role off the court and helped in globalizing the NBA. MJ also revolutionized the sneaker and fashion industry that revolved around the sport.

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‘The Last Dance’ documentary showcased Michael Jordan’s fashion sense during the 90s. Not many were aware of Jordan’s fashion style before the release of the docu-series. The docu-series showed the peak of the Chicago Bulls dynasty and Jordan’s domination on the court. It also showed the world how Michael Jordan’s daily life used to be during the 90s.


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His Airness has been constantly derided for his ‘terrible’ fashion sense and has also been trolled on social media. However, Jordan couldn’t care less and is still a fashion icon in the eyes of many.

ESPN once reported on how Jordan changed the fashion industry. In the report, Jeff Staple and Jermaine Hall revealed how Jordan’s receding hairline created a fashion revolution.

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Michael Jordan and his baldness created a fashion revolution

Jeff Staple, founder/CEO of RAD and designer of the famed Nike SB Dunk ‘NYC Pigeon’ sneaker, and Jermaine Hall, who held executive editorial posts at Vibe, XXL, and BET, provided insights on how Jordan’s baldness created a revolution in the fashion industry.

“Previous to Jordan, we saw players like Dominique Wilkins and Karl Malone rock fades,” Jeff Staple said. “Jordan’s baldy felt streamlined and efficient.”


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“When Chris Webber did it in Michigan, that was a style choice,” Jermaine Hall said. “For Michael, it was done out of necessity. And it gave him a branded look that was very safe and approachable to everyone.”


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Jordan has been one of the biggest celebrities in the world. He has got several endorsement deals in the past, such as Hanes, Upper Deck, Gatorade, among others. However, Jordan slowly transitioned into a ‘suit guy’. He started wearing suits during his off-court appearances.


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However, arguably Jordans’ biggest impact on the fashion industry was him shaving his head bald in 1989. He reportedly had a receding hairline and decided to go completely bald. Many famous athletes had donned the bald head before Jordan, but it was bossed by just one – Michael Jordan.

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Written by:

Abhishek Singh


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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.
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