Jada Pinkett Smith shows off her bald head in empowering post: 'To all my brothers and sisters with no hair'

·3-min read

Jada Pinkett Smith is here to celebrate her beauty.

The actress and Red Table Talk host, 50, took to Instagram on Tuesday to celebrate Bald is Beautiful day by showing off her shaved head in a stunning photo.

"Happy Bald is Beautiful day to all my brothers and sisters with no hair," Pinkett Smith wrote alongside a gorgeous photo showing off her head and glowing skin.

The official Instagram account for Red Table Talk also commemorated the day in a series of clips saluting the stories of bald women.

"Bald is beautiful EVERY day, but we're not mad about showing off a little extra today! Where's all our bald baddies at?!" the post read.

Pinkett Smith has been an open book about living with alopecia, an autoimmune disorder, citing it as the reason why she decided to shave her head completely.

The actress first opened up about experiencing hair loss in a 2018 episode of Red Table Talk, describing it as "terrifying" when it first began.

"I was in the shower one day and had just handfuls of hair in my hands and I was just like, 'Oh my god, am I going bald?'" she said at the time. "It was one of those times in my life where I was literally shaking in fear. That’s why I cut my hair, and why I continue to cut it."

In December 2021, the actress decided to shave her hair off completely. She revealed her new look on Instagram that month while displaying bald patches on heard brought on by alopecia.

"Mama’s gonna have to take it down to the scalp so nobody thinks she got brain surgery or something," she captioned the video. "Me and this alopecia are going to be friends … period!"

In the clip, Smith is seen panning her phone upward to show a visible bald patch on her scalp that takes the shape of a line across her head.

"At this point, I can only laugh," she said while running her finger across the bald patch. "Y'all know I've been struggling with alopecia and just all of a sudden one day, look at this line right here. Look at that. It just showed up like that and this is going to be a little bit more difficult for me to hide.

"I thought I'd just share it so y'all are not asking any questions," she continued. "But you know mama's gonna put some rhinestones in there. I'm going to make me a little crown. That’s what mama's going to do."

Pinkett Smith's empowering message continues to resonate, even though her bald head was the butt of a joke made by Chris Rock at the Oscars.

"Jada, I love ya. G.I. Jane 2 — can't wait to see it, all right?" Rock joked, referencing the 1997 action film starring Demi Moore, in which Moore also has a shaved head.

Following Rock's joke, Will Smith charged the stage and slapped Rock across the face on live television. Though the actor ended up winning an Oscar that night for Best Actor, he was ultimately banned from the award ceremony for 10 years for the incident.

Rock later told the press that he was unaware Pinkett Smith had alopecia.

In June, Pinkett Smith directly addressed the slap for the first time on an episode of Red Table Talk, saying she hopes her husband and Rock eventually "reconcile."

“My deepest hope is that these two intelligent, capable men have an opportunity to heal, talk this out and reconcile. With the state of the world today, we need 'em both, and we all actually need one another more than ever," she said on the episode. "Until then, Will and I are continuing to do what we have done for the last 28 years — and that's keep figuring out this thing called life together. Thank you for listening."

Wellness, parenting, body image and more: Get to know the who behind the hoo with Yahoo Life’s newsletter. Sign up here.