Nathalie Emmanuel Has Cried on Set & Been Told to ‘Get a Weave’ Over Her Natural Hair

After a decade of fighting hair discrimination on TV and film sets and facing pressure to conform to societal hair standards fitting the Western/White aesthetic, Nathalie Emmanuel has found “joy, defiance, and empowerment” in embracing her natural texture and wearing her curls how she wants to, despite the world’s suffocating opinions.

In an interview with emmanuel-natural-hair-interview” data-ylk=”slk:Allure” class=”link “Allure, Emmanuel opened up about her early experience as a teen actor on the set of England’s Hollyoaks and the pressure she felt to conform to straight hairstyles like other women in the cast. She recalled, “Every time I would straighten my hair, people would be like, ‘Oh, my God, I love your hair! You should do this all the time.’ I’d always be like, ‘Hmm, or not.’” The Game of Thrones alum went on to explain that even after she started pursuing roles in America, she would meet

Read the rest