Eternal inspiration Millie Bobby Brown, the tiny legend who brought iconic Stranger Things character Eleven to life, just keeps on bein’ great. Today’s case in point: she’s on Twitter talking about how cool and awesome it is to shave your damn head, and elegantly unpacking feminine performativity at the same time.
This might not seem like much, but in a culture that’s only recently loosened its death-grip on standards of femininity that require long, flowing tresses, it’s kind of a big deal to have a cultural figure that’s admired by so many come out in support of fucking with gender norms.
A whole wave of shaved-head supporters has risen up in response to these tweets:
i miss my shaved head— Millie Bobby Brown (@milliebbrown) January 14, 2018
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— Millie Bobby Brown (@milliebbrown) January 14, 2018
The day I shaved my head was the most empowering moment of my whole life. 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. pic.twitter.com/k65c7dGId1— Millie Bobby Brown (@milliebbrown) January 14, 2018
This kid is 13. Rude of her to hog all the wisdom, tbqh.
People are responding in droves with pics and stories of their own head-shaving liberation. It’s probably the most heartwarming discussion centred on hairstyles you’ll read today.
Agreed pic.twitter.com/8yQzX3P2Ry— Carlidh Campbell. (@CarlidhC) January 14, 2018
My 7 year old wanted to be Eleven for Halloween. When I asked her what she wanted to do with her hair she just said, "Shave it," with a straight face. So we did. She LOVES Stranger Things and the character you play means a lot to her. ???? pic.twitter.com/63dUGYqcZx— Knights of Ben (@DorianDarkstar) January 14, 2018
She absolutely loves it and hasn't cared too much what anyone has had to say about it. She got called a boy a couple times at school but told me she didn't care bc there's nothing wrong with being a boy and also corrected the older kids that girls can have short hair too.— Knights of Ben (@DorianDarkstar) January 14, 2018
You were my inspiration! pic.twitter.com/lo8dzxVC55— Shonda Mackey (@ShondaLaurelee) January 14, 2018
BIG MOOD MILLIE pic.twitter.com/wEvnWKMUTp— Shelby Doyle (@rad_adult) January 14, 2018
Amen to that!! Inspired by Eleven and never felt better ????????????????♀️ pic.twitter.com/59lqTqIO9T— Morgan Summers (@morganesummers) January 14, 2018
Best decision I’ve ever made. It made me realize that the concept of beauty is truly subjective, and I can be pretty like me, I don’t have to be pretty like other people.— Heidie B (@HeidieBastian) January 14, 2018
Plus I have only used like two bottles of shampoo/conditioner in 6 months so that’s cool too. https://t.co/f49QwqE9eI
i've been wanting to shave my head but i've always been afraid that i would look ugly. thank you for the encouragement, millie. ????— des (@80SREDDlE) January 14, 2018
100%. Shaving most of my hair off was the most exciting, liberating & empowering experience. I laughed through most of it. Unlikely to ever grow it out again. https://t.co/uxzJuiYrGc— Morgan Jarrett (@msmorganjarrett) January 14, 2018
Btw, Em Ratajkowski? This is why people got the shits with that infamous Insta caption. No-one needs hair to be feminine or beautiful.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go look meaningfully at my hair clippers.