Making her Broadway Debut in the Cher Show in NYC, this UCLA grad is no stranger to big stages including the Hollywood Bowl (Mamma Mia, A Chorus Line) and some of the yummiest Live musicals on TV including Hairspray Live and Grease Live. In Southern California, Tiana Okoye was Disney’s first Black Elsa in FROZEN: Live at the Hyperion. You can catch her on The Good Place and HBO’s Silicon Valley. With the curls and body of a goddess, you’re gonna wanna stalk the crap out of her.
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- From Southern California
- The Good Place, no stranger to the Hollywood Bowl, Grease Live, Hairspray Live, The Cher Show
- Ghetto Gangnam Style
- Started wearing natural hair in sophomore year of college
- This is when her mom stopped paying for her hair to be chemically straightened
- Did not like Brazilian Blowout
- Perms burnt scalp
- Not a fan of DevaCurl
- Liked Cantu, Shea Moisture, and Renpure Products (these are also very affordable!!)
- Recently started using Pattern by Tracee Ellis Ross
- These products make her hair happy!
- Wanted her hair straight because it was like her mom’s
- Hair was not fitting for her until she begun to embrace her curls
- People in the industry have told her “it’s too much” and ask her to put her hair up
- Didn’t realize it was rude/a micro-aggression until later
- First black Elsa in Frozen at Disneyland’s Hyperion Theater
- Liesl Tommy (Director)
- Tone of women’s ensemble sets the tone of the building
- Barry’s Bootcamp
- The more we put out our hair, the less inclined people will be to pet it
- Embrace your curls!
- Instagram: @Tee_ohhh
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