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JoJo Siwa reflected on her changing style and ditching her signature ponytail this week.
In an interview with Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri on Tuesday, according to People, Siwa said she knew she wanted to change up her look — which typically includes a high blonde ponytail tied with a giant bow — when she turned 18.
She reportedly said the decision was difficult, as she’d “worn a bow for obviously the last 18 years” of her life. Still, Siwa noted that she went ahead and took off her bow: “I came out to the world and to my family and essentially to myself.”
“It just felt like the right time and to do something different and to do something maybe a little bit more mature or a little upgrade,” Siwa told Mosseri, according to People.
Later in the conversation, which was held during Instagram and Facebook’s Creator Week, Siwa’s mother reportedly asked her if it was more difficult than coming out as LGBTQ.
Siwa announced in January that she’s a member of the community, and shared at the time that she’s the happiest she’s “ever been.” She’s currently dating Kylie Prew.
“I was like, ‘It surprisingly was harder to tell you that I wanted to wear my hair different,'” Siwa said.
“The bow is still a part of my life,” Siwa told Mosseri. “I still love bows, I forever will. They’re who I am, but maybe I won’t wear it every day.”
Siwa has been experimenting with new hairstyles and fashion since mid-2020. Last year, she showed her natural waves on TikTok, dyed her hair dark brown, and received a dramatic makeover from YouTuber James Charles.