The Significance Behind Lena Waithe's New Haircut And What It Says About Society

"Why can't I exist in the world in that way?"

The Significance Behind Lena Waithe's New Haircut And What It Says About Society

Our hair can say a lot about us, but it doesn't have to define us. There is no better representation of that than the history-making Lena Waithe, who recently debuted a fresh 'do that, as she puts it, should not impact how people view her through the lens of gender.

"I'm very much a lesbian, OK?" Waithe — who writes for and stars in Netflix's Master of None and created the Showtime series The Chi — joked to Variety at a recent event. "I've gotten gayer, guys."

All kidding aside, the Emmy winner opened up about the decision to get this haircut and the significance behind what the old look said when compared to what the new one communicates to the world.

"I felt like I was holding onto a piece of femininity that would make the world feel comfortable with who I am," she added, mentioning the fact that there are "a lot of categories" in "the gay world" that people are labeled. "I think I thought for a long time, 'Oh, if I cut my hair ... 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 is outside of me.'"

The 34-year-old TV maker said she had been thinking about doing this for quite some time and that explaining her reasoning ran deep. Now, Waithe said she feels "so free, so happy, and so joyed" about her decision to step into herself.

"If people call me a butch or say 'she's stud' or call me sir out in the world — so what? So be it," Waithe concluded. "I'm here with a Prada suit on, not a stitch of makeup, and a haircut — I feel like, 'Why can't I exist in the world in that way?'"

Cover image via Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock

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