“O” Cover Debuts Oprah’s Hair In Its Natural State

Apparently her hair has felt so burdensome that sometimes she fantasizes about cutting it all off (Bill Cosby talked her out of that, she says).

Oprah has posed for loads of O covers, but never with her hair in its natural state, as she does for the new September issue. Oprah writes about her hair inside the magazine, which hits newsstands August 7. A press release about the issue contains an excerpt:

Winfrey writes that wearing her hair naturally – as she often does on weekends and on vacation – makes her feel unencumbered and that she once wanted to just cut it all off. “I wanted to wear it close-cropped a la Camille Cosby but her husband Bill convinced me otherwise. ‘Don’t do it,’ he said. ‘You’ve got the wrong head shape and you’ll disappoint yourself.’ I took his advice.” Although, never one to shy away from a style update, Winfrey is a firm believer that changing your hairstyle can change what we see and feel is possible. “I even notice a change in my dogs when they get their summer cuts: they’re friskier and livelier, feeling more themselves once the weight of the hair is released.”

Don’t let the mention of her dogs’ “summer cuts” detract from her winning relatable nature!

Oprah’s hair looks quite different when she goes to the bother of getting it done.

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Here she is with Hugh Jackman in June.

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And here she is in April.

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