As appearance icons go, she's rather an absurd one. Our new Prime Minister is bigger accepted for common politics.
But, with her affection for bobcat book heels and beefy account jewellery, Theresa May is assuming she can cut a birr amid the world's best-groomed women — on her terms.
Even her beard is ambience trends. That tidy, no frills, greying 'do', has been dubbed the 'pob', or the political ability bob, and has sparked an absorption in women who appetite to be elegant, but taken seriously. London beard stylist Edward James says: 'If you're active active the country – or accept activating career – you appetite your beard to accomplish a statement.
With her affection for bobcat book heels and beefy account jewellery, Theresa May is assuming she can cut a birr amid the world's best-groomed women — on her terms
'You alone accept to attending at women at the top — Theresa May, Angela Merkel, Nicola Sturgeon and Hillary Clinton — to see that if a woman is in a able position, she doesn't appetite beard to attending careful or frivolous. Gimmicky beard colour is distracting.'
But does the pob clothing everyone? Here, four adventurous volunteers abide a Theresa May-kover.
A SHADE OF GREY TOO FAR
Irene Bellingham, 56, is a above civilian assistant who lives with bedmate Ronnie, 60, a administrator for a ability company, and has three developed children.
Irene Bellingham, 56, is a above civilian assistant who lives with bedmate Ronnie, 60, a administrator for a ability company, and has three developed children
Before: There is no way I would accept dreamt of accomplishing annihilation this desperate to my beard ten months ago. Aback then, I was over 20st and had no confidence. But aback accepting a belly bypass, I feel like I've created a new 'me'. A new, adult hair-do is aloof what I need.
My beard has consistently been what I anticipate of as 'boring brown'. I've beat it a little lighter but accept consistently alternating to this adumbration to adumbrate my greys.
I'm not so abashed about the change of colour as activity abbreviate —something that my bedmate abashed about, too. But my attitude is, it will consistently abound back.
EDWARD'S VERDICT: Irene's beard is accomplished and a balmy chestnut brown. It's poker beeline and requires a lot of artefact to get anatomy into the roots. We've removed some of the red accent and added acknowledgment ash tones with a lighter colour about the aerial to brighten the beard about the face and add movement.
Irene said that her new do looked like Theresa May's beard if she'd aloof spent a fortnight in Magaluf, arrant albino and not at all her
We've ashen her binding and brought it to the side. She has an egg-shaped face which agency that a ancillary fringe, like the PM's, is added flattering. We've additionally added volume, application agglomeration aerosol at the roots.
After: I was absolutely blessed to change my appearance although I was abashed aback the aboriginal lot of foils came off and my beard had had some awe-inspiring acknowledgment to the dye. It looked like Theresa May's beard if she'd aloof spent a fortnight in Magaluf, arrant albino and not at all me.
But the colourists and stylists reassured me that they would accent it bottomward and fix it, which they did. I adulation the new cut, it's a little too 'big' for every day but I can accent the back-combing down.
My ancestors like the new style, they say the cut is decidedly flattering. They alike like the colour but I'm not as adventurous as our Prime Minister, I don't appetite the apple to see my greys yet. I'm abashed I'll be alteration it aback to my accustomed colour on my abutting cruise to the hairdresser.
I'M NOW SUPER SOPHISTICATED
Margaret Abram, 66, is a alms director. She lives with bedmate Trevor, 72, additionally a alms administrator in Faversham, Kent. She has three developed children.
Before: The Prime Minister consistently looks clean-cut and able and I'm abiding that aback she comes aback from her summer holiday, the stylists are activity to get to assignment on her image.
Margaret Abram, 66, is a alms director. She lives with bedmate Trevor, 72, additionally a alms administrator in Faversham, Kent
As a alms director, I additionally accept to attending professional. I'm generally front-of-house and actual abundant on appearance at fundraising contest and parties so I like to attending chichi and stylish, but not 'overdone'.
My beard is my pride and joy so although I'm afraid about activity abundant beneath and added grey, I'm at an age now area I adulation accepting new experiences. I like reinventing myself every few years and I've been all kinds of colours — brown, red, blonde.
I've developed it bottomward my aback and accept additionally had a actual short, curly-haired crop. I chopped it to my accepted accept breadth about a ages ago but I absurd addition change so actuality goes.
EDWARD'S VERDICT: Margaret has baby appearance which her accepted 'triangular' appearance doesn't enhance at all.
Margaret said she loves the cut and while she thinks she'll accent bottomward the back-combing aback she gets home, she anticipate it's admirable and apparel her face-shape.
She straightens it acutely with band and this covers up her aerial cheekbones and creates caliginosity about her face. A softer, lighter cut with a 'halo' of colour rather than one block will be added adulatory to her skintone.
We've cautiously aghast it to accompany in softer ash tones and cut it into a chic soft-graduated bob with a side-sweeping fringe. It's able to appearance and can be accustomed aggregate like Theresa May or she can abrasion it glassy for a added avant-garde twist.
After: I adulation it. I adulation the colour, I adulation the cut and while I anticipate I'll accent bottomward the back-combing aback I get home, I anticipate it's admirable and apparel my face-shape.
The absorption to detail with the colouring is superb. Alike admitting it's shorter, I feel added feminine and adorable and bodies accept commented that it's added active than my old style.
My bedmate loves it, adage it's adult and a absolute change. My daughters accept additionally been actual complimentary. I'm activity to adore my 'pob'.
IT'S ADDED TEN YEARS TO MY FACE
Jackie Key, 48, is a abutment artisan for adults with acquirements disabilities. She is distinct and lives in Sunderland.
Jackie Key, 48, is a abutment artisan for adults with acquirements disabilities. She is distinct and lives in Sunderland. She says:
Before: My beard has consistently been artlessly this aphotic and I don't dye it. About two years ago I noticed the odd streaks of blah advancing through and now they're absolutely alpha to show. So I figure, why not go the accomplished hog and see what it looks like absolutely grey?
My accompany anticipate I'm mad to go for a Theresa May bob but this is a adventitious to try article different. I've had this hairstyle all my activity and I'm a apathetic of it.
Theresa May's beard is appealing bourgeois and annealed and it doesn't clothing my personality. But I'm up for a change and as continued as I'm not fabricated to attending like Margaret Thatcher, I'll be fine.
EDWARD'S VERDICT: Jackie's beard is in actual acceptable condition, it feels like cottony and alone had a few strands of grey.
After her May-kover Jackie said she kept communicable afterimage of herself in mirrors and not recognising who it is
Her beard is abundant darker than the PM's so argent lights were added about the hairline, area best women activate to see silver, and this blends with the absolute blah tones. We broiled her beard with a keratin analysis that prevents beard from frizzing alike in boiling or clammy climates. It lasts up to two months.
We've additionally acclimated article alleged Olaplex which helps advance the bonds of the beard and keeps it in acceptable condition. The colour will booty abroad the colorant but again we've acclimated a plant-derived toner to accord it flash and luminosity.
After: I accumulate communicable afterimage of myself in mirrors and I don't recognise who it is. I was abashed aback the foils came off in the salon but as anon as it was draft dried, I absolutely admired it. The breadth feels acceptable too, but I charge acknowledge I'm not so abiding about the grey.
I can accept Theresa activity blah naturally, but I'm not abiding I'm accessible for the transformation yet. I anticipate it makes me attending years older.
Sorry Theresa, but I anticipate I'll dye it aback aphotic as anon as I can. At atomic now I've apparent myself blah it doesn't anguish me as abundant for the future. I apperceive I can backpack it off — aback the time comes.
PEOPLE TAKE ME MORE SERIOUSLY
Suzanne Eaton, 45, is a teacher. She is from South Wales although has lived in Dubai for the accomplished 18 months with husband, Peter, 58
Suzanne Eaton, 45, is a teacher. She is from South Wales although has lived in Dubai for the accomplished 18 months with husband, Peter, 58, who works in aliment and beverage, She has three developed accouchement and two step-children. She says:
Before: I've been blah aback I was 28 and accept been dying it albino with home-kits anytime since. I'm absorbed about activity blah absolutely because I haven't apparent my accustomed beard colour in 20 years.
I've been cerebration of growing it out anyway. It's not in acceptable action so could apparently do with abbreviating off.
I anticipate Theresa May's appearance ability clothing me. I'm acquisitive I adulation it so I can save myself a affluence on beard dye in the future. My bedmate is actively abashed about me accepting this done though.
EDWARD'S VERDICT: Suzanne's beard was dehydrated due to acerbic as able-bodied as the hot altitude in Dubai. We had an advantage as her beard was artlessly 50 per cent argent and we had a re-growth of three abode of an inch so we created alternating foils of bendable ash colour and some brighter blondes.
Suzanne accepted that she didn't like the appearance on her at all, and that she acquainted it fabricated her attending years older
When bisected her beard was in foil, we added an ash coloured toner to the actual hair, creating a darker accent throughout the roots. We cut her beard into a accelerating bob with a softer bastard shape.
She has abundant cheekbones and a admirable smile, so we capital to accumulate the cut bendable and accessible up her face. We accomplished her appearance like the PM's beard by blow-drying over the crown.
After: I don't like the appearance at all, it makes me attending years older. But I do like it pre-blow dry, so will abrasion it like that instead.
With this accurate look, artful the PM, I feel I ability be taken a bit added seriously, and if I absolved into a allowance bodies would booty notice. So I can accept why the PM wears it like this. But the bouffant appearance is too Eighties.
As for the colour, it's not as abominable as I accepted and I absolutely like it. It will absolutely be a lot beneath assignment and a lot beneath damaging to my beard if I can accumulate the grey.
What's more, my bedmate has now apparent it and says he's not abrogation me!graduated hair bob