‘Judge Judy’ Changed Her Iconic Hairstyle: Here’s Why the TV Icon Says She Wanted to Switch It Up

by Quentin Blount
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Everyone’s favorite television judge, Judge Judy, opened up about what made her decide to move away from her iconic hairstyle.

It wasn’t long ago that Judge Judy Sheindlin said goodbye to her signature short hairstyle and said hello to a simple ponytail. The 78-year-old had no idea that something as small as a hairstyle change would stir up so much ruckus. Sheindlin told The Hollywood Reporter that she didn’t think people “looked that closely anymore.”

“I thought it was the message, not the look of the messenger. I didn’t even think people looked that closely anymore,” Sheindlin said. “They look to see what Halle Berry looks like, but that was never my thing. I mean, I was cute but not a knockout. People stopped whistling at me as I passed a construction site decades ago.

“And what happens when you reach a certain age is that people say, ‘Oh, she looks better than I thought she did!’ or, ‘Considering, she looks OK.’ There’s always that qualification.”

‘Judge Judy’ Prepping for ‘Judy Justice’

Judy Sheindlin is in the process of wrapping up Judge Judy’s lengthy run on CBS. First broadcast in 1996, the popular series has won three Emmy awards. But in March of 2020, Sheindlin announced that the program’s 25th season (2020-21) would be its last. Now, our favorite TV judge will be prepping for Judy Justice on Amazon Prime Video.

However, despite her recent career change, it’s still her new hairstyle that fans are talking about today.

“It’s sort of funny. ‘How could she change her hair? It’s an iconic hairdo.’ No, it’s not. It’s a lot of goop and teasing and product and fussing around by somebody else,” she continued. “This is so much easier. And as each hour in every day we have becomes more precious, the less you want to spend time patshkeing over the way you look. Do you know how to spell ‘patshkeing’? You’ll have to look it up. It’s a Yiddish term. It means messing around.”

But in the meantime, Judge Judy says she has no plans of slowing down. The thought of retiring has yet to even cross her mind.

“I’m not tired. I don’t play golf or tennis and I have no desire to learn how to play mahjong, chess, or checkers. I know what I like to do,” she said. “Why, at my stage in life, would I try to find something else when I already know what I like? And this isn’t a 9-to-5 job. I’ve still got the time to see the children I love, the grandchildren who are growing up very fast, and the cute mate who I still get a kick out of.”

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