Uber talented TV producer, writer and actress Lena Waithe continues to evolve in the rainbow-colored beautiful she was meant to be. 

While appearing at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual grants banquet on Thursday, August 9, the Master of None co-star and The Chi producer opened up to Variety about her decision to cut off her hair. 

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

“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.'”

The prospect of living up to other people's definitions was no longer a concern for her. She wanted a change that represented who she has always been. 

“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 is used to making waves and not caring about what possible backlash may come toward her. She realizes she is a role model to a lot of young women who haven't had a role model before.

Celebrity fans, of course, couldn't contain their joy for her shorter hairstyle.


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