Lena Waithe's fab fade haircut, Beyoncé's 'On the Run Tour 2' braids, and more natural highlights

Dana Oliver

Director

August 10, 2018

All are on Lena Waithe, and it’s not just for her genius as an actress, screenwriter, and producer. The 34-year-old is making headlines (once again) for her transformative haircut.

“The Chi” creator gradually chopped off her locs and

New tings. Cut by : @barberdolltheslayer

A post shared by Lena Waithe (@lenawaithe) on

on Instagram with the caption, “New tings.” On Thursday, she attended the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual grants banquet rocking a fade design haircut by Barber Doll the Slayer, and opened up about how her new look allowed her to break free from whatever box society wants to place her inside.

“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 , 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.'”

Now, that is an empowering message we all need on how to create your own definition of beauty. Check out Waithe’s fresh cut, Beyoncé‘s “On the Run Tour 2” braids, and Yara Shahidi‘s beautiful Bantu knots on our list of celebrity natural-hair highlights.

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