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Jada Pinkett Smith celebrates 'Bald Is Beautiful Day' months after Oscars controversy

Lucy Devine

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Jada Pinkett Smith celebrates 'Bald Is Beautiful Day' months after Oscars controversy

Featured Image Credit: @jadapinkettsmith/Instagram/ABC

Jada Pinkett Smith has shared a post to mark Bald is Beautiful Day, eight months on from husband Will Smith's Oscars slap.

Taking to Instagram on Tuesday (13 September) Pinkett Smith shared a selfie, along with the caption: "Happy Bald is Beautiful day to all my brothers and sisters with no hair."

Pinkett Smith has been upfront about her experiences with alopecia, which she discussed for the first time during a 2018 episode of Red Table Talk.

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Here, the actress and singer said: "A lot of people have been asking why I've been wearing turbans. Well, I haven't talked about it. It's not easy to talk about, but I am going to talk about it.

"I was in the shower one day and had just handfuls of hair in my hands and I was just like, 'Oh my God, am I going bald?'"

She continued: "It was one of those times in my life where I was literally shaking in fear. That's why I cut my hair, and why I continue to cut it."

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Pinkett Smith's post comes months after the controversy that ensued at this year's Oscars, when husband Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock on stage over a GI Jane joke directed at his wife.

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At the 94th Academy Awards, things took a drastic turn when Rock said: "Jada, can't wait for GI Jane 2," in an apparent reference to her shaved head.

Moments after the comment was made, Smith approached Rock on stage and slapped him, before returning to his seat and shouting: "Keep my wife's name out of your f***ing mouth."

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In July, Smith shared a video on his YouTube channel, where he sat down to answer questions he had been asked since the incident at the Oscars in March.

Titled 'It's been a minute', it's the first time Will had addressed the incident, which saw him be banned from Academy events for 10 years.

Smith issued an apology to Rock on his YouTube channel. Credit: YouTube / Will Smith
Smith issued an apology to Rock on his YouTube channel. Credit: YouTube / Will Smith

Smith apologised to Rock, as well as his family, and answered questions including whether Pinkett Smith had 'told him to slap Chris'.

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"No. It's like, you know, I made a choice on my own, from my own experiences, from my history with Chris. Jada had nothing to do with it," he said.

"I'm sorry babe. I wanna say sorry to my kids and my family, for the heat that I brought on all of us."

He added: I've reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he's not ready to talk. And when he is, he will reach out.

"So I will say to you, Chris, I apologise to you. My behaviour was unacceptable and I'm here whenever you're ready to talk."

Topics: Celebrity, Will Smith

Lucy Devine
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