If you hadn't heard of 'Jon & Kate Plus Eight' a few months ago, chances are you've heard of it now. What started out as a lighthearted TLC reality show about Jon and Kate Gosselin and their two sets of multiples -- sextuplets and twins -- has turned into a grisly study of divorce, infidelity and our nation's nasty tabloid culture. The family has fallen apart before America's very eyes. There's one thing, however, that has refused to falter, refused to wilt, refused to budge even an inch in the face of domestic tragedy. That thing is Kate Gosselin signature hairdo.
"Everybody wants it," the mom of eight told Entertainment Weekly in May. " It's work. I have very, very thick hair, so it's not going to work for everybody. ... My stylist gets calls from all across the country."
While Gosselin -- and several entertainment journalists worldwide -- seems to think her hairstyle is a one-of-a-kind, in-demand Gosselin original, I'm going to have to disagree. Very few blonde reality stars might be rockin' the Kate, but it's a style that I've seen black women wearing for years and years. I mean, years. And several black celebrities (see Ciara's new short 'do) have been stepping out in a similar style recently with hardly the same amount of fanfare and publicity.
After the jump, check out some of Gosselin's celebrity hair twins. Who wears it better?
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