When I first moved to the United States from England in 2009, I was very much into fashion and I thought I could be a model.
But I didn’t want to be one.
I wanted to be a designer.
So when I got to my first interview, I said, “I’m going to wear a wig.”
My agent and a few people said, [to] be honest, “What?”
I was like, “Well, what do you want?”
I said I’d go to a studio and put on a wig.
I went to the studio and had a wig made, and it was so fun, because it was my first wig, and I was so excited.
But the wig wasn’t the best, and after a few weeks I got sick.
I didn- it wasn’t going to work.
I started to cry, and my agent said, I’m sorry, I know how you feel.
I don’t want you to cry.
I’m going out of here.
I wasn’t even a model at that point.
I was a teacher.
And then one day, I came back and there was an interview and I had no idea what to wear, so I had to wear my wig.
And it was awesome.
The wig was amazing, and when I was going to the interview, it was like I was wearing a mask.
I felt so powerful and sexy, but I couldn’t get my wig out because it just wasn’t working.
And I thought, This is what I wanted: to be comfortable and to be seen.
I still feel like I’m not comfortable with the wig.
Now I wear a makeup that’s not comfortable.
I like my hair longer and darker.
But when I did the interview and they said, You have a hair color and a hair style, I thought it was cool.
I liked my hair and I liked the wig, but they didn’t know what to say.
I thought they wanted me to be white and I wanted a wig, so they went for the wig again.
Then I got a job at a hair salon.
It’s a really cool place, and people were really nice.
And that wig was perfect.
So I just kept going, and this year I have been wearing the wig all the time.
And now I’m a big fan.
I think I have the best wig of my life.
The only problem is that I’m bald.
So it takes me a lot of time to get the hair straight, and then it’s all messed up.
When I get dressed up and get on a plane, it’s like a big drag race.
I can’t keep up with my hair.
I have to have a haircut every time I get out of the airport.
I just have to put on my wig every day, and the wig gets ruined all the different times I wear it.
So then I had a really hard time getting a hair cut when I first came here.
And so I just went to a hair studio.
And they said to me, “You can get a haircut today,” and I said okay.
And when I went, I got the haircut.
And my hair is so long, but it’s not long enough for my face.
I wear two hats: a wig and a wig plus a wig that’s long enough to cover my face, and they cut my hair with a straight razor, and so that’s the hat I wear.
So now I look so much better.
I haven’t had a haircut in a while, because I get tired.
So my hair has grown a lot, and now I have a longer, fuller, fuller beard.
So, yeah, I feel like the wig was awesome, and a lot more than just a wig!
But I still think the wig is a little weird.
I’ve had a few customers come up to me and say, “Can you give me a wig?
I really like the look of it.”
I say, Sure.
I’ll just put on the wig and let you choose.
It was so cool to see people look at the wig for the first time.
So yeah, the wig has a lot to do with how I look now.
It doesn’t make me more of a celebrity, but when I go on stage, people come up and say hello.
I see people in the crowd who are like, [I’m] just glad you have a wig because I don and can’t stand it.
And some people come over and shake my hand.
They’re really nice, and that’s nice.
It gives me an extra boost.
I love that.
And the wig makes me feel really good about my face and I have so many people I see who look really good.
I guess I’m lucky because I’ve got my own website, and everyone loves my hair, and most people in my Instagram are really nice about my wig and my hairstyle.
I am a little bit obsessed