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Have you ever felt the need to update our look—new hair color, unusual nail design, edgier clothing style—but lacked the will to take the big step? We found the perfect African literary icon to inspire you into taking that plunge towards reinventing your style.

In May, South Africa’s top speculative fiction writer, Lauren Beukes, debuted her newly dyed green locks on Instagram, making her look like a mermaid, albeit a very literary one.

The bestselling author is known to do fun things with her hair. She experiments with length but also with colors, switching her palette from one extreme to another—from dark to light blonde to bright colors. In 2014, she traveled the world, publicizing her novel Broken Monster with a shock of pink hair.

Ever since this most recent transformation, Buekes has been spotted in literary festivals and TV shows working her green hair, which at closer look, reveals streaks of blue. We have always been impressed by Beukes’ constantly evolving style, which has a lot to do with her ability to rock different hair colors.

What are your thoughts? Do you think she nailed it?

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Images sourced from the author’s Instagram page

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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