Lena Waithe, the award-winning writer and actress (also the first black woman to win the Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series) recently cut her long locks off, and when asked had something magnificent to say.
Back in July the 34 year-old revealed the haircut to her 490k followers with a selfie, simply captioned, ‘New things’.
Now in a red carpet interview she has divulged further.
When the Master of None star was asked at an event by Variety about her hair change, she responded in a refreshingly honest way.
Waithe said, ‘I’ve been thinking about it for a while. I felt like I was holding onto a piece of femininity that would make the world feel comfortable with who I am.
'I think I thought for a long time, "Oh, if I cut my hair, I’ll be a stud, I’ll be—in the gay world, there’s a lot of categories—I’ll be a stud or I’ll be a butch," and I’ve always thought, "Well, no, I’m not that, I’m still soft," and I said, "Oh, I gotta put that down ’cause that’s something that is outside of me."
'And I said "I’m going to do it and I cut it" and I felt so free, so happy, so joyful and I really stepped into myself.
'And if people call me a butch or say ‘she’s stud’ or call me sir out in the world—so what? So be it.
'I’m here with a suit on, not a stitch of makeup, and a haircut—I feel like, ‘"Why can’t I exist in the world in that way?"'
The clip quickly became viral, with the likes of Mindy Kaling and Ava DuVernay celebrating Waithe’s statement.
Fans similarly took to Twitter to applaud the star for her moving statement.
Recently, British actress and writer Michaela Coel spoke out about the decision to have short hair. In a series of she threw all her wigs in a bin bag whilst explaining why she would no longer use her hair to attempt to reach Eurocentric beauty standards.
These two woman are mighty inspiration to not give a f*** what people think. Talk about Monday motivation.