Lynn Whitfield is the true epitome of style, grace and poise. With almost 40 years in the industry, the Greenleaf actress has witnessed how changes in the beauty world have impacted the entertainment industry- including the natural hair movement. So, it was no shock that once it was time for the starlet to rip the runway at the American Heart Association’s annual Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection presentation, she did so rocking her own natural tresses.
We caught up with the ageless beauty backstage to get her take on Black beauty, becoming a new member of the natural hair movement and much more!
Tatayana Yomary: Why is celebrating heart health so important to you?
Lynn Whitfield: This event is a reminder and confirmation that heart health for women is a priority. It’s a celebration that happens to be glamorous because it’s all centered around fashion, but all of these women have a really important connection to this personally. My grandmother died at 55 years old when I was just 5 years old from a heart attack. Being from Louisiana where there is a lot of spicy food — spice is good — we just need to pay attention because a healthy heart can make a healthy woman. We just need to pay attention to it. And how great to do it with so many amazing women!
TY: How do you define beauty? What makes you feel beautiful?
LW: Beauty means an authentic expression of who I am. Beauty means that when I look at myself in something I like, that I appreciate it. Beauty means that I have softness and femininity and a force that emulates from the inside out. No matter what I have on it can be felt first by me and then by the rest of the world. Love makes me feel beautiful.
TY: How would you like to see that beauty celebrated?
LW: We have to celebrate our beauty everyday. That is up to us, and on us, that we celebrate ourselves, that we put it out there and that we as women feel good about who we are. Because, beauty is really in the eye of the beholder and, in the first place, the beholder has to be ourselves. If we feel beautiful, other people will feel it.