Lena Waithe is just not right here for the tiny, restrictive containers by which society likes to put members of the LGBTQ group. On Thursday, the author and actress arrived on the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation’s annual grants banquet with a semi-shaved head rather than her signature lengthy locs, which she reduce a couple of weeks in the past. She then defined in an interview with Selection how the haircut wasn’t only a strategy to really feel extra like her interior self on the surface, but in addition one thing of an announcement towards conforming to society’s concepts of what girls, particularly LGBTQ girls, ought to seem like.

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When requested concerning the reduce, which boasts a closely-cropped high and a badass lightning bolt zig-zagging throughout the virtually fully shaved sides, Waithe joked to Selection, “I’ve gotten gayer, guys.” She then admitted that although she’d been fascinated by slicing her locs for a very long time, she’d been reluctant to take the leap. “I felt like I used to be holding onto a bit of femininity that will make the world really feel comfy with who I’m, and I believe I assumed for a very long time, ‘Oh, if I reduce my hair, I will be a stud, I will be — within the homosexual world, there’s plenty of classes — I will be a stud or I will be a butch,’ and I at all times thought, ‘Effectively, no, I am not like that, I am nonetheless tender,'” the Emmy winner stated. Finally, although, she realized that it would not truly matter how others select to categorise her. “I stated, ‘Oh, I gotta put that down, ‘trigger that is one thing that is exterior of me,'” she recalled.

After getting the chop, courtesy of Barber Doll the Slayer, “I felt so free and so completely happy and so joyful, and I actually stepped into myself,” Waithe stated. “If folks name me a butch or say, ‘She’s a stud,’ or name me ‘sir’ out on the planet — so what? So be it,” she continued. “I am right here with a Prada swimsuit on, not a sew of make-up, and a haircut — I really feel like, why cannot I exist on the planet in that manner?”

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