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49 – year old actress – Gabrielle Union used to feel like she was “trimming away my femininity” every time she had a haircut.
Speaking to Allure – she said: “I would feel like I was trimming away my beauty”.
I was trimming away my femininity, and I had a real love-hate relationship with length, texture, color, and styles”.
She added: “There is no one way to be feminine. I’m fly as f*** with short hair, long hair, [or] no hair.”
Meanwhile, Gabrielle previously admitted she didn’t learn to embrace her natural hair until she was in her forties and she “wasted” so much of her youth despising her tresses.
She said -“When I was younger, I hated everything about [my hair]”
It took years of therapy and traveling for Union to quell that anxiety and develop a more positive relationship with her hair. “There is no one way to be feminine. I’m fly as fuck with short hair, long hair, [or] no hair,” she said.
In my early forties, I just emptied my basket of f**** and came out reborn and loving myself in a way that you only see on Oprah episodes when you’re like, ‘What the hell is my most authentic self? What does that even mean?”
I wanted it to be anything but what it was. I wasted so much of my youth in my twenties, thirties and certainly my teens wanting to be someone else. I was inundated with images and messages saying, ‘You’re just not as pretty as so-and-so.’ The images that I saw on TV and in magazines and film reaffirmed what they were saying. That I wasn’t ‘it’, and people who look like me aren’t ‘it’. You couldn’t possibly have that ‘it factor’ and have hair like mine or skin like mine.”Gabriel Union