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Lupita Nyong’o Reveals The Story Of Her Buzz Cut: “I Was A Skinhead. My Mother Was Unamused”

Submitted by on March 2, 2014 – 8:33 am2 Comments

Ask Lupita Nyong’o the mantra behind her signature style and she’d probably respond, “Short hair, don’t care.” Just don’t expect her mother to share that sentiment. The Oscar-nominated actress sat down with the editors of Essence, in between posing for the cover of the March 2014 issue, to share the story behind her dramatic hair do and the reasons her mother was convinced it was a hair don’t.

“I didn’t always wear my hair short,” the 12 Years A Slave star says. “In my adolescence, I always had long hair and it was relaxed. As of the age of 19, I just got really fed up with always going to the salon and it taking so much effort to look presentable before you leave the house. So I just one day decided to cut it off, and I cut it all off! I was a skinhead and my mother was unamused.”

Now that she is one of Hollywood’s most in-demand stars, the new face of Miu Miu enjoys the extra time her short hair affords her.

“I’ve tried to grow it ever since, but I don’t have the patience, it’s just so much easier,” she explained. “I don’t wear makeup when I’m not working on the red carpet,” she says, “Except for when, you know, a night out here and there. But I try to give myself a break, my skin a break, just to breathe.”

Click on the behind-the-scenes video from Luptita’s shoot with Essence below. Does Nyong’o inspire you to chop your locks?

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