" I even went and got some pictures done with a straight wig on to combat that idea. Is there discrimination in Hollywood? Absolutely. Is there hair discrimination specifically? Absolutely. It has come up. But I try not to let it deter me. I did think that I would for one summer get a weave and see what happens. But I’m a little scared to do it!!! Because If I do it and then start booking more jobs, will I be stuck with a straight weave forever???!!! It’s a dilemma… we’ll see what happens… ”
Speaking to Shape Magazine, Dawson recalls the reactions she had when she lost weight to play a drug addict dying of HIV/AIDS in the 2005 movie “Rent.”
"It’s a form of violence in the way that we look at women and the way we expect them to look and be for what sake? Not for health, survival, not for enjoyment of life, but just so you could look pretty," she said.