Issa Rae Says Becoming Bald-Headed Changed Her Life
Issa Rae is a bonified star!
The writer/actress recently chatted with Essence on how cutting off all her hair helped change her life and get her hit series off the ground. Rae first described how her mother warned her against perming her hair at an early age…
My mom used to always push me to rock my natural hair. She was so frustrated with me in high school when I, constantly covered it. She was like I know your hair and if you get a perm it’s gonna fall out. After awhile I was like, mama, I don’t care what you say. I wanna do it and this is my choice. I am 12. [LAUGH] And, my hair fell out. And she was like I told your bald-headed azz.
Issa then discussed how men treat her when she is natural…
Men always come with the Sister, and the Queen, which is fine. Great, thank you, I say they think I like poetry a lot. They think that I’m a cocoa butter queen. But they always approach me delicately. Like I just want to say I appreciate you braiding your hair like that, you know. I’m like, thank you for your approval.
The ‘Awkward Black Girl‘ later shares her hair inspirations and explains how her decision to chop off her hair changed her life completely:
I love Tiana Parrish. She’s amazing, her hair is always on point. I love Solange’s hair styles. She just always kills the game. So I saw Natalie video, and she had a bald Head and I just thought she was so beautiful and I was also working in a job that I was frustrated with and trying to get girl off the ground. I’ve tweeted something like man, I wish I had an excuse, like I wish someone would just break up with me so that I could have an excuse to shave my hair off. And then I was like, that’s a funny plot line Of a show or something. And decided to put on Facebook that I wanted to shave my head bald. And so all my friends responded, my gosh, do it! You about to be so ugly! My god, what if you have a weird shaped head? And I was like, my friends are terrible. But I saw how much attention I was getting and I was like, my I should use this.
I should shave my head and then do a trailer for Awkward Black Girl where I feature my bald head and that way people who want to see what I look like will also know about this new show that I’m trying to do. And so I did it and it got like 3,000 views in a day and I had a bald head. Now I had a fresh start. And that bald head changed my life.
Watch the full interview below: