Esme Douglas
Updated Feb 02, 2018 @ 4:28 pm
Credit: Film Frame/Marvel Studios

Rocking a shaved head is not an easy task, but Danai Gurira, star of Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther, does so effortlessly and can be seen looking flawless in Rodarte’s fall lookbook. But Gurira revealed in a recent Black Panther press conference in Los Angeles that she was initially hesitant to adopt the hairstyle she now wears so well.

Gurira plays Okoye in Black Panther, the strongest warrior in Wakanda not named Black Panther. Her character leads the Dora Milaje, the all-female Wakandan Special Forces, all of whom sport shaved heads. When Gurira and the other incredibly talented female cast members — Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o and Letitia Wright — were asked about the wealth of fully-developed female characters in the film, Gurira talked about the Dora Milaje and the process of transforming her hair for the film.

Soon, Gurira and her co-stars got more comfortable with their new look and Gurira learned from her character, who wears a wig as disguise in an amazing fight scene set in South Korea. In the scene, Okoye complains about having to wear the wig and sheds it in one the most memorable moments in a movie filled with memorable moments.

You can see Danai Gurira kick some major ass when Black Panther opens in theaters on February 16th.