Lena Waithe Reveals Why She Cut Off Her Hair

Lena Waithe Explains the Significance of Cutting Her Hair

Lena Waithe is opening up about why she made the big chop. Last month, the actress and producer chopped off her signature locs.

Lena Waithe

“The Chi” producer revealed that she was initially apprehensive about 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.’

She continued,

“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?’”

Authored by: Kellie Williams