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Broad City Star Ilana Glazer Was Bullied for Her Curls: 'Everyone I Grew Up with Had Silk Curtains of Hair'

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Ilana Glazer may play an incredibly confident character on the hit comedy show, Broad City, (a project created with help from Amy Poehler and writing partner Abbi Jacobson), but according to the star, she hasn’t always been the vivacious and self-assured person she projects on TV.

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In a recent interview with Allure, Glazer confessed that she was often teased as a child for her voluminous head full of curls.

“I was actually made fun of as a kid,” the comedian told
Allure
. “People would make fun of my fluffy, cotton-candy curls, because everyone I grew up with had silk curtains of hair.”

But Glazer says it wasn’t until she joined the comedy world that she truly began to love herself — and her 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,” she said. “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. I firmly believe appearance is never as cool as what’s underneath.”

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Glazer added that she hopes one day the rest of the world will begin to love hair of every texture.

“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 told Allure, explaining she’s got nothing but love for her curly style. “Love. It’s all love now. I think my curls are dope, and I want to nourish them, not change them into something else.”

What do you think of Glazer’s hair story? Share below!

–Sarah Kinonen