If black TV stars are treated so differently, what can the rest of us expect? | Afua Hirsch

Hollywood invests endless money in on-set beauty teams. Yet black actors end up paying for their own hairstyling

There are a lot of things that black movie stars don’t usually tell you. Like how, as one major La agent told me, even the most famous have struggled for years to enjoy anything like the same level of income from brand endorsements as their white peers. A black Hollywood A-lister told me she got through an entire major big-budget movie with a £30 wig from a downmarket hair shop because on day one of filming, it was all she had on her; no one had thought to source anything better. And no one talks about the devastation of hair loss, and the damage and vanishing hairlines that come from years of bad styling on set.

David Harewood – the black British actor who has made it big in the Us on series

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