Millie Bobby Brown isn’t just a talented actress — she’s also an outspoken advocate on issues that matter to young women. Like society’s bonkers restrictive beauty standards, for example.
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In a recent series of tweets, Brown dismantled one popular misconception about beauty among western women, and honestly it’s one she has a lot of personal experience with.
You probably know Brown from her breakout role as Eleven on Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things. If you don’t, here’s a little peak at her in action:
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In Season 1, Brown portrayed a wide emotional range, from fear and anguish to joy, all while barely speaking. It wasn’t just her talent that caught people’s eyes, though. Eleven also had a very unique look — a shaved head.
Here’s what Brown looks like these days (her hair is long enough for an epic top knot!):
Her hair has grown out, but Brown really did shave it all off when she was cast in the now-iconic role. She doesn’t have to keep shaving her hair to play Eleven, but she says she wouldn’t mind if she did.
In fact, Brown said on Twitter this week that she sometimes misses the buzzed look, and that shaving her head was the most empowering thing she’s ever done.
“I miss my shaved head,” she wrote, kicking off a series of tweets that would eventually cut to the heart of the problem with restrictive beauty standards.
“Shaving your head is so empowering. You don’t need hair to be beautiful. You are beautiful with or without. I learnt that too x,” she continued.
“The day I shaved my head was the most empowering moment of my whole life,” she wrote, along with a video of the day she buzzed it all off. “The last strand of hair cut off was the moment my whole face was on show and I couldn’t hide behind my hair like I used to. As I looked in the mirror I realized I had one job to do. Inspire.”
Mission accomplished, Millie.