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Photographic Proof Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Always Loved Scrunchies

Channing Hargrove

Carrie Bradshaw got it all wrong about scrunchies. We’re talking specifically about that Sex and the City episode in 2003 when Bradshaw’s insecure boyfriend, Jack Berger, writes a story about a hip female character “running all over Manhattan” wearing a scrunchie; she calls the style choice “a crucial mistake,” and the souls of ‘80s-style aficionados everywhere were crushed. But not Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Long before Demna Gvesalia sent scrunches down the Balenciaga runway, the 85-year-old has been championing the divisive hair accessory. “I have been wearing scrunchies for years,” Justice Ginsburg tells the Wall Street Journal. In fact, it’s one of her favorite souvenirs to buy when she travels. “My best scrunchies come from Zurich. Next best, London, and third best, Rome." She added that her "scrunchie collection is not as large as my collar and glove collections, but scrunchies are catching up."

We can’t help but wonder what Ginsburg would say to Bradshaw, who felt like “no woman who works at W magazine and lives on Perry Street would be caught dead at a hip downtown restaurant wearing a scrunchie,” as she told Berger. Especially considering the fashion-minded octogenarian has sported them to work, including President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address in 2014, Sundance, and beyond. But don’t take our word for it. Click ahead for photographic proof.

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2014

Consider this hug President Barack Obama’s approval of the scrunchie trend.

Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call.

2015

RBG honored women on Capitol Hill and she did it in a scruuuuunchie (said in Carrie Bradshaw’s voice).

Photo: Allison Shelley/Getty Images.

2016

Ginsburg, on the Upper East Side, on a panel at the Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center.

Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images.

2017

Lest you think Ginsburg only lets her scrunchies see the light of day in her down time, she wore one to the swearing in ceremony of Judge Neil Gorsuch at the White House.

Photo: T.J. Kirkpatrick/Bloomberg/Getty Images.

2018

Here, RBG and a beloved scrunchie, sit on a panel during the Cinema Cafe at Sundance in January.

Photo: Robin Marchant/Getty Images.

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