The ‘Ma Rainey’ Stars Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson Made History as the First Black Women to Win an Oscar for Hair and Makeup.
With its recent Oscar win, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom has entered the annals of cinematic legend.
Two Black Women Win Oscar for Ma Raineys Black Bottom
The Academy Honor for Best Makeup and Hairstyling went to the team of hairstylists Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson and makeup artist Sergio Lopez-Rivera on Sunday night. Neal and Wilson made history as the first two Black women to win the award.
Neal, who attended Julliard and has worked on Broadway productions of Julius Caesar, A Raisin in the Sun, and The Iceman Cometh, designed 100 wigs for the film, two of which were worn by Viola Davis. In 2017, for the film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, she also created the wigs worn by Oprah Winfrey. She revealed to Vogue that she used horsehair imported from England to make one of the wigs for Ma Rainey.
Wilson, who has been Davis’s personal assistant since 2008 and has been in charge of the How to Get Away with Murder hair department, created the wigs.
She told Earlier this month, “She wanted someone who could style her hair and handle it.” Many African-Americans have experience with both sorts of hair. Simply said, we don’t specialise on just one type of hair texture. Together, we’re capable of anything.
And now that performers are speaking up about the need for a hairstylist, productions are bringing in African American stylists because few Caucasian stylists are confident working with African American hair.
Since How to Get Away with Murder, Lopez-Rivera has been Davis’ makeup artist. In the Oscar-winning picture, she painted Davis’ teeth gold with smudged eyeliner and cheek rouge.