As seen in Albert Watson’s cover photo for the October 29, 1992 issue of Rolling Stone, Sinéad O’Connor embraced elements of androgyny in order to challenge the stereotypical image of a female pop star. With her shaved head and formless clothing, O’Connor stood out from her peers in the music industry, who included Mariah Carey, Madonna and Janet Jackson.
Initially cutting her hair short in order to stop hiding behind it, she finally shaved her entire head as an act of rebellion against her record company. Sinead says“…I was heading in the direction of not playing the game of conventional attractiveness anyway. I had a kind of Mohican on the go at one point, so some was bald but the middle wasn’t. And the record company asked me would I grow my hair, so that I’d basically be sexier and wear short skirts. And my manager when I told him said, ‘Ah, you should shave it.’ So I did.”