Emmy-winning “Master Of None” writer Lena Waithe put a lot of thought into her decision to cut her hair.
Sporting a newly shaved head, the openly gay actress opened up about the apprehension she felt over how she might be perceived if she cut her signature long, braided locks.
“I felt like I was holding onto a piece of femininity that would make the world feel comfortable with who I am,” she told Variety on the red carpet at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual grants banquet. “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.'”
Waithe, 34, is the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing for the “Master Of None” episode “Thanksgiving”, which was based on her own coming-out story. She revealed that her new ‘do has made her feel “so free and so happy and so joyful” that she no longer cares what impression her short hair causes.
“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?'” she said as she posed with a huge smile during the event.
On Twitter, fans were loving Waithe’s transformation and openness about her decision to cut her hair.