Happy birthday to actress and screenwriter Lena Waithe!! If you haven’t seen her in the Netflix series Master of None, it’s time to add it to
your summer watch list.
Lena is currently working on a yet-to-be-announced drama series for Showtime that will be set in her hometown of South Side Chicago (x).
Born on this day in 1984, Lena grew up in Chicago, Illinois and
was raised by her mother and grandmother. She has had her sights set on
becoming a television writer ever since she was seven-years-old. After
graduating from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, one of Lena’s first gigs was
writing for the Fox television series Bones; she was
also a producer on the 2014 film Dear
White People and the creator of the 2011 viral video “Shit Black Girls Say.”
Lena’s first big acting gig was on Aziz Ansari’s Netflix
series Master of None in 2015. Although her
character Denise was originally written for a straight white woman who was to
be one of the show’s main love interests, the head writers and producers
completely flipped the script after meeting Lena for the first time and changed the character of Denise to be a black
lesbian. Lena wrote the breakout “Thanksgiving” episode of the second season of
Master of None (it just hit Netflix last week!), which centers the character of
Denise and the experience of coming out of the closet in a black family. On the
topic of representation, Lena says: “I don’t know if we’ve seen a sly, harem
pants-wearing, cool Topshop sweatshirt-wearing, snapback hat-rocking lesbian on
TV…I know how many women I see out in the world who are very much like myself.
We exist. To me, the visibility of it was what was going to be so important and
hello pretty people 💝 so this is my outfit today: urban high waisted skinnies (diy rips), forever 21 crop top & black hat, topshop month chelsea’s, lord & taylor bag, marc jacobs watch 💖 love you & hope you have a great day!
If you know me in real life you’ll know that I ALWAYS have a messy room, it gets to the point of being gross and the floor covered up to your knees in piles of clothes ugh so I’ve spent the past two days completely cleaning out my room (4 rubbish bags and 6 bags of old clothes) and I’m so happy with how it looks now!!
• The first picture is the top of my set of draws which include my record player, a world globe that sits on top of old diaries, some vodka bottles, glass skulls, a jar and my old holga camera
• Picture number two is just a box of old school notes that I’ve covered with some material and stacked some magazines and on top of that is a palmistry jewellery holder thing
• The third picture is my vintage mannequin with a Topshop vest, Sportgirl hat and a few bags, above that I have a little decorative mirror. I have a lot of things around my bedside table but I like neat clutter. On the left side is a pile of Frankie magazines, on top is a lamp, Alexa Chung’s book, a picture of mummmma and I, Princess by Vera Wang perfume, a rose in a vase, a flip clock, and my iPad. On the next level down is a Senso lid, water bottle and my purse and underneath that is a box of secrets and special things. In the little draw I just have some medical things ie panadol, ventolin and bandaids along with film and my current diary.
• The fourth picture is basically the same as the last so I’ll get to that in a sec.
•The fifth is a clothes rack full of warm wintery clothes and huge jackets that I’ll be packing soon for europe and a few pairs of shoes stacked below (the rest are under my bed)
•The sixth picture is my Polaroid wall I think there’s 72
• Picture number 7 is just a little collage above my bed of pictures that I’ve torn out of both Frankie and Yen magazines. It includes my huge girl crush Léa Seydoux and inspirational women including Merryl Streep, Molly Ringwald and Lena Dunham. Also a map of Paris and a few other little photos!!
I also have a white fluffy rug on the ground and I tried to keep my curtains out of the pictures because they are absolutely tragic, I desperately need new ones. It’s so cozy now, I love it.
You’d think a yellow daffodil print would be everything I ever wanted, but this dress has scared me ever since I brought it back from Dublin. While being low cut is something I can deal with (it helps I have a bra which makes me feel awesome when wearing it), the fact it’s sleeveless has made me most scared of putting it on.
I’ve finally reached the point where shaving my armpits is not worth the pain and irritation it causes, so the few sleeveless dresses I have, usually get worn with cardigans. It’s 25°
today, so that wasn’t an option. I’ve had a pretty love-hate relationship with my body hair, as it’s dark for someone of my shade of beige (and very dark for the high school I went to). I went through a phase of shaving my arm hairs, and toe hairs, and finger hairs. My eyebrows, lip hair, and sideburns used to be a source of particular sensitivity and I remember when I realised that other girls weren’t as dark as I was, and was terrified that someone would say something. It was definitely made worse when my father told me when I was 12 or 13 I wasn’t to be “like my mother” and make sure I shaved for my boyfriends. Ugh.
You should be able to do what you want with your body, but it helps it’s cool to have thick, full eyebrows now (I wish I could go back and tell 12 year old me that!) and not shaving is being more widely accepted. Not that I should care about what other people think, but a part of me still clings onto that high school fear of having someone tell you you’re gross - this time not by children, but by adults who should know better.
Dress from Siopaella Designer Exchange (Topshop), shoes from Merchant1948, hat from an antique store (with a band I put on it).