Teeny Weeny Afros & More: Celebrity Women Who Have Done the Big Chop
By Angela Thomas
The TWA (teeny weeny afro) has been around for ages and has been worn by neo-soul singers like Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, and India Arie. But now there are a new crop of celebrities who are choosing this style. Whether it is a personal form of expression, a result of damage, or just a new look, more and more celebrity women are deciding to ditch their weaves in favor of their natural hair. Here are six celebrities who boldly chose to chop it all off and/or expose us to their inspiring TWAs.
The Oscar-nominated actress has donned many looks over her more than 15 years in the business. But her best look by far was when she showed up to the Academy Awards last month rocking a short natural ‘do. The SAG award winner decided to ditch her usual wigs for the natural look saying, “I chose my hair because I wanted to be bold about who I am.”
Tired of being compared to her superstar big sister Beyoncé, this hair chameleon lopped of her locks back in 2009 and hasn’t looked back. Since then the singer, actress, and DJ has been spotted all over at events and parties wearing her afro in various lengths. She has also starred in ad campaigns for beauty and skincare line Carol’s Daughter with her growing afro out.
You may remember her sporting her long curly mane on the fifth season of America’s Next Top Model, but two years ago Bre chopped it all off in favor of a short curly style. The leggy model sported long hair for most of her life and decided to let go of her trademark locks for a good cause. “The attachment to my long hair held me captive for years,” she told Theybf.com. “When I cut my hair, I took a chance at living a new life by releasing the one thing that I loved and was afraid to let go of.” That’s deep…
Most people were shocked when the former Cosby Cutie showed up on the red carpet last year sans her usual long, straight weaves and instead, opted to sport her natural strands. What most people don’t know is that Raven has been rocking natural hair under those wigs for years. The talented actress stopped using relaxers at the age of 14 but had to hide her natural hair under wigs and weaves for TV appearances. Her last BC happened after wearing a bad weave for a show and since then, she has been spotted on several occasions showing off her natural curls.
Perhaps the most shocking transformation came when little Willow Smith was recently spotted rocking a shaved head. The “Whip My Hair” singer debuted her cropped ‘do last month, first dyeing it blonde, then green. Although this style may be a little grown for an 11-year-old, it certainly matches her quirky and upbeat personality.
The sultry crooner is no stranger to natural hair and did her third big chop back in 2010. After seeing the damage that chemicals and heat styling had done to her strands, she decided to cut it all off. The Grammy-award winner even wrote a poem about her experience called, “For Freedom Not For Beauty.”
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