My Person of the Month who celebrated her 47th birthday on Wednesday starred in the long awaited film on Netflix “Nappily Ever After”. It’s been talked about across social media for months and first caught my attention when Sanaa posted a photo of herself with a completely shaven head.
The film documents the plight that most women of colour face (whether black or mixed) when it comes to hair in the work place, especially if you work in the corporate work place. Are plaits acceptable? Do weaves look real? Are wigs a little confusing, your hair was long and brown yesterday, today it’s in a bob with blonde highlights! And as for your natural hair, love the afro but I can’t see my computer screen! And then when your hair is natural and it starts to rain… oh the trials.
Sanaa Lathan broke the internet when she revealed her big chop last September. Lathan, who has dazzled the big screen since the late ‘90s, has rocked a number of styles throughout her career— but this moment was different.
View this post on Instagram
Lathan’s big reveal of her shaved head was a part of her role as Violet Jones in Nappily Ever After, which hit Netflix on 21st September. Shaving her head was a huge moment for both her character in the movie and real life.
“My hair journey up till now has really just been you know regular black girl hair journey, you know, just dealing with all the things that we deal with black women in this culture,” she told The Root.
“I knew in the back of my mind that that was the strongest choice to actually really shave my head but you know every other day I was like you know what we can just get a prosthetic wig cap,” she laughed. “But the more I kind of got into the character Violet, I realised I had to, if I was going to serve her as a character and serve this story, which I think is really important, especially at this moment in our culture. I had to do it.”
So, she did it. Lathan shaved her hair off in one take. The smiling, the crying, the feeling of “euphoria” as she describes it, witnessed in Nappily Ever After? Every bit of it was real… and it showed.
This movie resonated with me on so many levels…