Lena Waithe On The Empowering Decision To Cut Her Hair

If you don’t know who Lena Waithe is by now, you have seriously been sleeping on one of the most talented players in Hollywood.  Last night, the Emmy Award winning writer attended the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual grants banquet, and shared with Variety the reason behind making the decision to cut her hair.  Check out the clip from Variety above.

Waithe shared, “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’s outside of me.’”

She continues, “I felt like I was holding onto a piece of femininity that would make the world feel comfortable with who I am.”

On how the haircut has made her feel, Waithe shared, “I feel so free and so happy and so joyful, and I really stepped into myself.”  She continues, “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?’”

Waithe continues to be an agent of change even in her presentation of feminity, and we couldn’t be more excited as she continues to build her legacy and media empire.

Waithe made history last year as the first black women to win an Emmy for outstanding writing in a comedy series for her “Thanksgiving” episode in the Netflix hit series Master of None.  The episode was based on Waithe’s personal experience as a queer black woman coming out to her family over the course of several Thanksgiving dinners.  Prior to her win Waithe served as a producer on films Step Sister and Dear White People, which later became a Netflix series in which she guest starred.

In addition to all of her recent accolades, Waithe is also the creator of the Showtime hit series The Chi which became Showtime’s biggest launch for a drama series in two years, and recently inked a first-look deal with the cable network.  She is set to produce a comedy series for HBO from Kid Fury, and is also set to executive produce two seasons of anthology series Them for Amazon from writer Little Marvin.  To add to her growing slate of projects, she is also set to write upcoming film helmed by Melina Matsoukas, Queen & Slim, slated to go into production in January, and last but certainly not least, Waithe will serve as executive producer and writer of the upcoming TBS series Twenties.




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