That spirit of ingenuity comes across onscreen. Walker’s experiences and the Class Of 2020 Toilet Paper Flu Virus Varsity Shirt it is in the first place but beauty she’s able to channel into her work are shared with flourish. Hairstylist and The Handmaid’s Tale alum Ting Fang Liu created stunning, period-accurate coifs for Spencer and her co-stars Tiffany Haddish and Carmen Ejogo. “When we looked at photographs of black beauty of the period and what people did with their hair, especially after Madam C.J., a lot of the hairstyles look modern and relatable,” says Lemmons. “You can see the progression and how we got to our full fabulousness today.” More than looking good, the styles of the time were an expression of pride. “It was a way of looking at life and saying yes, we’re concerned for our survival, but we can also be well-groomed and feel beautiful,” she says. “There were the politics of respectability, which helped people to get jobs and uplift themselves, but it doesn’t end at presentation. She wanted to empower women to be financially independent.”
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Walker’s desire for progress is reflected in her relationship with her family. While success gave them a new economic status, it also created new challenges, ones that are still relevant to audiences in 2020. “The relationship between Sara and her daughter, A’Lelia felt very modern to me,” says Lemmons. “We all want our kids to have opportunities and things we’ve never had, but at the Class Of 2020 Toilet Paper Flu Virus Varsity Shirt it is in the first place but same time, we don’t want them to be entitled, and A’Leila at certain points led a very extravagant life. She took that into the Roaring Twenties, which I thought was fascinating.” Equally engrossing is the dynamic of Walker and her husband Charles, aka C.J. Even today, some taboos come with a woman being the breadwinner but in the male-dominated society of the 1900s, the issue was amplified. “Blair Underwood [who played C.J.] is a gift, he’s just tremendously talented and has such charm. I thought it was an important quality. He’s living with a woman who has such determination. She was incredibly driven and back then that was a lot for a man to handle. That can be a lot for a man to handle now in many cases,” says Lemmons.