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As 'beehive' inventor Heldt dies, Honfest creator Whiting reflects

As 'beehive' inventor Heldt dies, Honfest creator Whiting reflects

Can you imagine Honfest without beehive hairdos?

Denise Whiting can’t.

So when the creator of Baltimore’s annual Honfest, a festival that spotlights the fashion and culture of Baltimore during the '60s, learned about the passing Friday of the inventor of the beehive, it struck a chord.

“Oh my God. I would love to have known her,” said Whiting, whose weekend festival took place a day after Heldt died. “I’m so sad I didn’t know about her sooner. We would have certainly honored her at Honfest.”

Margaret Vinci Heldt, who became a hairstyling celebrity after she created the beehive hairdo in 1960, died at a senior living...

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