American-Egyptian journalist, activist, and feminist Mona Eltahawy has a brand new look.

Earlier this year, the author of Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls chopped her signature flaming red locks down to a buzzcut.

She shared the new hairdo on Instagram, explaining why: “to say ‘Stay the fuck home so that the most vulnerable can survive! Stay the fuck home so that the elderly, BIPOC, the disabled can survive!”

On her 53rd birthday, she debuted yet another look.  “This year,” she writes on Twitter, “my gift to myself is the joy of color: black, white, and neon,” she says.

Ever since Eltahawy turned 40, she’s celebrated her birthday over a period of five days, between July 28 and August 1. The reason for this? She was born on the former date, but her parents registered her on the latter.

Over the course of these five days, she tweeted stunning pictures of her celebrations, some of which we share below. The hair, the outfits, the makeup, the smiles, and the perfect cake (see very last photo!) — can they get any more perfect?

Many happy returns, Mona Eltahawy!

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[All photos by Rob Rutledge via Instagram and Twitter.]

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