Lena Waithe recently ‘big chopped” and she has been rocking the dopest fades with designs that many of you have rocked as well. What was interesting was the thought process she went through when she was making the decision to finally cut her hair. Just to give you some context Lena Waite is the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing for her work in Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None.”
In other words, she is pretty accomplished but like many of us, she still had some of the same insecurities we all have with losing hair, and not feeling feminine ect.
Read below via Variety:
“I’ve gotten gayer, guys,” the Emmy Award winner joked on the red carpet for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual grants banquet Thursday.
The “Master of None” star revealed that she’d been thinking about cutting it for a while, but felt restricted by apprehension of how others would perceive her.
“I felt like I was holding onto a piece of femininity that would make the world feel comfortable with who I am,” Waithe said. “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’s outside of me.’”
She continued that finally making the decision to cut her hair made her feel “so free and so happy and so joyful, and I really stepped into myself.”
“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?’”
How many times have you heard this from women who are deciding to big chop? Many of us equate long hair with being feminine or soft but the truth is there is so much more to it than that. Obviously, there is more to it for Lena, but I am glad we are all (regardless of sexual orientation) now in a space of fearlessness and cutting our hair does not make us feel uncomfortable but instead even more powerful, sexy, feminine and free of judgment!