Lena Waithe reclaimed her identity by chopping hair off


Lena Waithe doesn’t care how society sees her shaved head.

The openly gay actress and writer is taking the entertainment world by storm, especially her work with Aziz Ansari on Master of None, which bagged her an Emmy in 2017.

Up until now she’s rocked her trademark locs, but Lena decided to go for the chop after overcoming her worry of what others would think of a shaved hairstyle.

“I’ve gotten gayer, guys,” she joked to reporters at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual grants banquet Thursday (09Aug18), reports Variety.

“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.'”

The 34-year-old, who was presented with the Trailblazer Award at the MTV Movie & TV Awards in June, has also made guest appearances in This Is Us and Dear White People and is making her mark on the big screen after appearing in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One.

Adding that she’s fine being mistaken her for a man, Lena 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 make-up, and a haircut – I feel like, ‘Why can’t I exist in the world in that way?'”

Lena is engaged to content executive Alana Mayo.