When it comes to hairstyles we see black actresses rock on the big and small screen these days, the options are very slim — especially when it comes to natural hairstyles.
However, actress Gabrielle Union is changing the status quo in her upcoming holiday film, A Myers Christmas, in which she also serves as the film’s executive producer. Instead of rocking a weave or sleek and straight tresses, Union decided to wear braids to show that leading ladies can wear natural hairstyles and not stick to supposed beauty standards presented by society.
In a recent interview with Essence, she said, “I’ve always wanted to get them. Not only is it protecting my hair on set, but it [gives me] the chance to [be] a leading lady with a natural hairstyle. It’s not lost on me and it’s more than just me experimenting with a hairstyle.”
“I just got lucky in that I got a character that could embrace a natural hairstyle and the production agreed. So, I jumped at the chance,” she continued.
Continue clicking to check out some of the cool styles she’s styled her braids in lately.