The highly-anticipated comedy-drama film DOPE finally made its big screen debut nationwide on Friday, June 19 to rave reviews. I had the courtesy of seeing the film nearly a month before its NY and LA premiere, and I must say, I have become an instant fan of the film’s female lead Kiersey Clemons. In the film, the rising 21-year-old starlet plays Diggy, a confident, self-assured tomboy (who I’m pretty sure is lesbian, too). Her look, for a lack of better words is, dope.
Clearly borrowed from the boys, she rocks fly gear, including baggy, tapered jeans, fitted hats, camouflage prints, and cool kicks. However, aside from the fashion game, her hair is a game-changer and definitely Mane Attraction-worthy.
As Diggy, her funky, tapered fro was the icing on the cake for her character. In my opinion, it’s refreshing to see a young, black woman in a movie rocking her natural hair. Usually, black actresses opt for long, sleek blowouts and weaves, but this wasn’t the case for Clemons. I even peeped that her look is a direct correlation to The Internet’s front gal, Syd tha Kyd, a tomboy lesbian who rocks a fly mohawk. Regardless of whether Diggy’s look was pulled from Syd or just remiscent of 90’s streetwear, from the Angelica Doll to Moxie Girl, there is a definite influx of ladies embracing their natural hair, and I’m loving it.
Simmons recently chatted with YBF to talk about playing her character Diggy in Dope:
It took us a while to figure out you were actually a girl in this movie. Tell us about transforming into a tomboyish lesbian role.
“The role was written to be very butch. And I was confused like, I’m never going to get this. My face is so babyish and round. I just don’t see how this is going to happen. I don’t have a deep voice but, okay, I do have this short hair. But how do I fit the criteria of what people consider butch?”
“So I just put on some boy clothes and went in. I think it was a little easier for me to get in to the character because I’m not a tomboy, per se, but I’m also not too girlie. I’m a little rough around the edges.”
“For ‘Diggy’, I lived with a boy so I learned a lot from him. I was watching him a lot and tried to pick up his gestures, like how he walked. And I spent a lot of time with [co-stars] Shameik [Moore] and Tony [Revolori], too. I tried to pick from them, so Diggy is a mixture of Shameik and Tony and my family and friends.”
Continue clicking to check out Simmons’ fly, tapered fro.