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When director Kasi Lemmons began researching haircare entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker 20 years ago, she was bowled over by what she discovered. “She was a black woman who became the first self-made female millionaire in America, and I thought it was an extraordinary story,” Lemmons shared on the Hobbiesshirt-Seniors 2020 the one where they were Quarantined shirt from Los Angeles. “What this woman was able to do in the 1900s and her vision—how did she ever imagine that she could do it at that time? How did she look at her life as a washerwoman and the daughter of slaves and say, I’m able to do whatever I want?” Walker’s journey is the subject of Lemmon’s latest project, Self-Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker, a four-part Netflix series with Octavia Spencer in the titular role. The show reintroduces the world to a figure whose name many have heard, but few have explored in full.That spirit of ingenuity comes across onscreen.

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Walker’s experiences and the Hobbiesshirt-Seniors 2020 the one where they were Quarantined shirt she’s able to channel into her work are shared with flourish. Hairstylist and The Handmaid’s Tale alum Ting Fang Liu created stunning, period-accurate coifs for Spencer and her co-stars Tiffany Haddish and Carmen Ejogo. “When we looked at photographs of black beauty of the period and what people did with their hair, especially after Madam C.J., a lot of the hairstyles look modern and relatable,” says Lemmons. “You can see the progression and how we got to our full fabulousness today.” More than looking good, the styles of the time were an expression of pride. “It was a way of looking at life and saying yes, we’re concerned for our survival, but we can also be well-groomed and feel beautiful,” she says. “There were the politics of respectability, which helped people to get jobs and uplift themselves, but it doesn’t end at presentation. She wanted to empower women to be financially independent.”

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