Ilana Glazer is kind of like the poster child for badass female comedians—hell, females in general. If you’ve seen even four minutes of Broad City, the hit Comedy Central series that Glazer and her equally awesome writing partner Abbi Jacobson have created under the tutelage of Amy Poehler, you know what I’m talking about. Coming up through the small stages of New York City comedy clubs and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Glazer has made a name for herself as an incredibly witty and impossibly talented actress and writer who wears a cloud of IDGAF confidence better than the pope wears his pope hat (which, fun fact, is called a mitre). But for Glazer, unfailing confidence wasn’t always her MO.
“I was actually made fun of as a kid,” says the comedian, who was raised in “white, upper-middle-class” Long Island. “People would make fun of my fluffy, cotton-candy curls, because everyone I grew up with had silk curtains of hair. Even now, people think curls represent a joke, like, She’s the wacky one!’—which I don’t believe is always true, at least not for most people.” Glazer’s attitude toward her hair didn’t shift until college, when she got into comedy. “As soon as I started doing improv and stand-up, my self-confidence changed, and I started to see my frizzy hair as a strength, not a weakness,” she says, noting, “I firmly believe appearance is never as cool as what’s underneath.”
Of course, Glazer recognizes that the rest of the world hasn’t quite caught on to her mentality. “It sucks that a hairstyle can become this universal symbol of who someone might be inside, as if it determines everything about them, but you’ve got to ignore that, find your own strengths, and love those instead,” she says. As for where she stands with her hair now, the actress quickly enthuses: “Love. It’s all love now. I think my curls are dope, and I want to nourish them, not change them into something else.”
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