There’s a lot of value in a signature look — it can tell people who you are and what you stand for before they even talk to you. But people evolve, and every once in a while, it’s healthy to ditch a look that’s starting to feel stale. It appears that’s exactly what Rickey Thompson just did. The comedian slash model slash influencer just traded in his signature hairstyle — a braided bob he’s had for years — for something wildly different and very fresh-feeling.
“It’s game time bitches,” Thompson captioned a June 15 Instagram post, revealing a fresh buzz cut with an impeccable lineup and fade. He paired the new shorn-off look with chunky ear jewelry, a silver chain, a crocheted black tank, a black leather jacket, light wash jeans, and a western-style belt. Oh, and glowing, dewy skin — something Thompson is truly never seen without.
Rightfully so, Thompson’s followers —including his celebrity pals — are living and dying and living again for this shaved hair. “Makeover of the year honey,” comments Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness. Actor Skai Jackson writes, “YESSS ITS GIVING.” Fellow internet personality Bretman Rock says, “This is IT !!!!!” Noah Cyrus, Manny Gutierrez, and Salem Mitchell are just a couple of other famous friends who let Thompson know in the comments that this new hair is a total moment.
And honestly, we have to agree with all of those sentiments — and the 500,000 other people who liked this photo. While those signature braids will be missed, this new era of Rickey Thompson will undoubtedly be more funny, fierce, and fashionable than ever.
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