Run Fat Boy Run actress Thandie Newton was pictured at a fundraising gala in Clerkenwell, London on Tuesday sporting her full bouncy set of curls much different to the chemically relaxed look the 39-year-old usually goes for. However, the Hollywood star has revealed that she was racially discriminated at school for having naturally curly afro hair.

The  Londron raised mother-of- two opened up to friend and personal makeup artist, Kay Montano, about why she is now a natural hair advocate. She confided in her friend about the time she was left feeling ’embarrassed and ashamed’ at the convent school she used to attend after she wasn’t allowed to be part of a group picture because her hair was in cane rows. Thandie said:

I read this year a piece in The Independent about a student who appealed against not being able to wear his hair in (what the school felt was a hoodlum style) braids, and he won… That’s 30 years since the nuns dissed me… This s**t keeps going round… I didn’t want my daughters to judge their beautiful curls… The stigma with some black women seems to be that “nappy hair” (natural afro hair) is almost as bad as loo roll trailing from your shoe.

We personally love the new look and think she looks a lot younger too. Do you think that ditching hair relaxer is a good thing?