Ukraine's Tymoshenko Changes Iconic Hairstyle

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine's prime minister and presidential candidate, Yulia Tymoshenko, is to change her iconic hairstyle, her stylist said Tuesday.

Star Wars' Princess Leia (L) and Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko (R).

Tymoshenko, famous for the instantly-recognisable style - said by some to resemble that of Princess Leia in the film Star Wars - came to public prominence as one of the leaders of her country's Orange Revolution in 2002.

After several political stand-offs with President Victor Yushchenko, Tymoshenko herself is running for the top job in Ukraine's January 17 election.

The new style is apparently shorter, although still blonde. "It is an evolution rather than a revolution," the stylist said.

Tymoshenko once joked about the braided 'crown' of her cut being "the steering wheel of my country."

Source: DPA