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Mariska Hargitay Shares Rare Throwback Pic of Herself as a Baby Wearing a Bow
The Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star also sported the same look recently for a very special person.
On January 18, the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star took to her official Instagram page to share a rare, throwback picture of herself as a baby. In the snapshot, she adorably sported a little bow on her head.
Hargitay revived the bow look for her mid-January appearance on TODAY for a very special reason. According to Hargitay, the look was inspired by her late mother, Jayne Mansfield.
All about Mariska Hargitay's mother, Jayne Mansfield
Jayne Mansfield was a model and actress and is considered to be one of the original blonde Hollywood "bombshells" of the 1950s and 1960s. Her roles included The Girl Can't Help It, Kiss Them For Me, The Wayward Bus, and The Burglar.
Mansfield was killed in a car accident in 1967 at the age of 34 years old. A 3-year-old Hargitay was in the car at the time, but escaped with only minor injuries.
In a 2018 interview with People, Hargitay opened up about how losing her mother at such a young age affected her as an adult. “The way I’ve lived with loss is to lean into it,” she told the outlet. “As the saying goes, the only way out is through. In my life, certainly I’ve tried to avoid pain, loss, feeling things. But I’ve learned instead to really lean into it, because sooner or later you have to pay the piper. I’m not saying it’s easy, and it certainly hasn’t been for me. There’s been a lot of darkness. But on the other side things can be so bright.”
She also talked about what she remembers fondly about her mother. “My mother was this amazing, beautiful, glamorous sex symbol—but people didn’t know that she played the violin and had a 160 IQ and had five kids and loved dogs," she said. "She was just so ahead of her time. She was an inspiration, she had this appetite for life, and I think I share that with her. Someone once said about [remembering] my mother: ‘All you have to do is look in the mirror. She’s with me still.”