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Lena Waithe's New Haircut — and Why It Matters

The trailblazing star put much thought into her fresh cut.

Lena Waithe debuted a new haircut at a banquet hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — and, as the trailblazing writer/producer, actress, and LGBTQ advocate explained to Variety, the look was about more than just style. "I felt like I was holding onto a piece of femininity that would make the world feel comfortable with who I am," Waithe said, adding that the shorn look makes her "so free and so happy and so joyful, and I really stepped into myself."

The cut got love on Twitter, too, from both stars and fans:

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 09: Lena Waithe arrives at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Grants Banquet at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 9, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage) Steve Granitz/WireImage STYLING AND PROFILING Waithe explained that at first she felt trepidation about how others would perceive her, but then got over it. As she told Variety on the red carpet: "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?'" BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 09: Lena Waithe arrives at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Grants Banquet at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 9, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage) Steve Granitz/WireImage SHARP-DRESSED Waithe's full look for the banquet. "I've gotten gayer, guys," she joked on the red carpet.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 09: Lena Waithe (L) and Cynthia Erivo speak onstage during the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Grants Banquet at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 9, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) Kevin Winter/Getty Images IN THE SPOTLIGHT Presenting with Cynthia Erivo at the HFPA banquet. HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 07: Actress Lena Waithe arrives at the Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Crazy Rich Asians' premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on August 7, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage) Amanda Edwards/WireImage TWO NIGHTS BEFORE Waithe on the red carpet of the "Crazy Rich Asians" premiere, in a hat that gave nothing away. NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Lena Waithe attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue) Mike Coppola/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue THE HAIR SHE CUT Previously Waithe wore her long hair in intricate styles — like this one for the Met Gala. NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Lena Waithe attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue) Dimitrios Kambouris/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue CAPE In her acceptance speech at the 2017 Emmys, Waithe dedicated her win (for her writing work on an episode of "Master of None") to her "LGBTQIA family." "I see each and every one of you," she said. "The things that make us different, those are our superpowers — every day when you walk out the door and put on your imaginary cape and go out there and conquer the world because the world would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren’t in it." (Pictured: Waithe in a memorable rainbow-flag cape at the Met Gala.)



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