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Yvette Nicole Brown: Why I'm Not Wearing Weaves or Wigs

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Yvette Nicole Brown is ready to shed the skin she’s in … or at least the wig.

“I want to show African American women that all of our hair is beautiful in its natural state,” the Community star told PEOPLE at Entertainment Weekly‘s Pre-Emmy Party at Fig & Olive on Saturday.

Her first step? Going without her own collection of weaves to reveal her real hair.

“We don’t have to add pieces,” the actress, 43, says. “I’m at a place in my life where I want to be authentically myself.”

Yvette Nicole Brown Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party
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And if that includes embracing the occasional bad hair day, then Brown is all for it.

“That means if my hair is wild and crazy, I’m taking it on the red carpet and saying, ‘This happened,’ ” she says.

— Anya Leon with reporting by William Keck