Lupita Nyong’o, the Oscar-winning actress, recently debuted her newly shaved bald head on social media. The actress shared a series of photos on Instagram, showing off her buzzed hairdo while wearing a colorful scarf around her head. In the caption, she wrote, “Happy without hair…I’m grateful for this freedom and for the new adventures it will bring.”
Nyong’o is known for her striking looks and has rocked various hairstyles throughout her career, from a short cropped cut to long braids. Her decision to shave her head comes as a surprise to fans, but the actress has always been vocal about embracing her natural beauty and the importance of self-love.
In a 2018 interview with Porter magazine, Nyong’o said, “I think African hair is like clay. You can mold it into whatever you want, but it’s also very easy for it to change shape during the day, so having a cut that will look neat throughout the day is important to me.” She also talked about her journey to accepting her own beauty and identity, saying, “I grew up feeling a lot of inadequacy and self-doubt about how I looked, and what I could achieve in life because of how I looked.”
Nyong’o’s post has been met with an outpouring of support from fans and fellow celebrities, with many praising her bravery and beauty. Actress Tessa Thompson commented, “So beautiful,” while comedian Mindy Kaling wrote, “You are so gorgeous it’s insane.”
It’s unclear if Nyong’o’s new bald look is for an upcoming role or simply a personal style choice. Regardless, it’s clear that the actress is embracing her beauty and identity, and inspiring others to do the same.