Topknots: Inspired by Sumos, Sported by Models

Models have been spotted on and off the runway wearing their hair in this sky-high style, originally seen on sumo wrestlers.

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The Fashion gurus at The New York Times noticed a new trend in ponytails: models have been spotted on and off the runway wearing their hair in topknots, originally seen on sumo wrestlers.
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The topknot similarities are obvious.
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Tyra Banks is ready to throw down sumo-style.
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Not only has the look been around in the sumo world for centuries, it also provides a mini face-lift if tied tight enough.
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Deliciously Happy, a Shih Tzu, models an elegant top knot accented by a pink bow.
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Valentino's models wore a coiled version of the bun during his show in January.
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NBC Bay Area
Upon entering the professional world of sumo wrestling, the athletes are expected to grow their hair in order to wear the traditional chonmage, or topknot.
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Julien d'Ys styled Yves Saint Laurent's models with a leather wrap around their topknots for the 2009 spring Ready-to-Wear show.
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On special occasions, sumos wear a special kind of bun called a oicho, where the ends of their topknots are splayed into a semicircle.
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A simple top knot provides a clean canvas for jewelry presentation at an event for Shuddhi in New Delhi, India.
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It takes a lot of work to get a style this gravity-defying.
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