Lena Waithe is opening up about why she made the big chop. Last month, the actress and producer chopped off her signature locs. “The Chi” producer revealed that she was initially restricted about taking cutting 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 said. “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.’
“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 remains a shaken force in Hollywood, becoming the first black woman to nail an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. Currently, she is prepping the second season of The Chi and a new comedy series about black lesbian women titled Twenties.