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Last updated: July 10, 2023

Celeb Hairstylist Empowers Black Gamers With Inclusive Sims Makeover

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Lacy Redway Designs Authentic Black Hairstyles For The Sims

We’ve seen her looks on Tessa Thompson, Serena WilliamsKeke Palmer and countless other high-profile celebs…Now, get ready to see the work of Hollywood’s leading hairstylist Lacy Redway (@lacyredway) on your very own Sim. That’s right: Lacy has partnered with EA as a video game consultant to create five inclusive hairstyles for The Sims 4‘s “Growing Together” expansion pack.


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Lacy’s goal: To bring authentic hairstyles to Black gamers.

Like in most industries, proper representation is still lacking in video games. Often times, avatar customization templates in games have very limited (and sometimes zero) hairstyles to accurately represent Black characters. Lacy’s partnership with The Sims will deliver more authentic textured hairstyles to gamers all over the world through her lived and professional experience.


“I was very specific with the feedback to the developers. I wanted to ensure every swirl around the hairline is laying accurately, braids and partings are true and coils emulate textured hair,” Lacy shares. “…I’m excited to venture further into the gaming and AI world and for my work to reach the tens of millions of people who play The Sims 4. I cannot wait to see the new Sims they design with these hairstyles!”


New career unlocked! Take a look into The Sims’ Michaelson family, featuring Lacy’s designs:

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The Sims 4 brings top knots, coils, braids & more to avatars.

Lacy’s hairstyles come to life through the Michaelsons—a pre-made Black family who exist in The Sims 4. Here’s the line-up of new styles:


  • Braids styled into a top knot with perfectly accentuated baby hairs on Celeste, a.k.a. Mrs. Michaelson
  • A short, coily cut on Celeste’s husband, Christopher
  • Men’s box braids with a few shoulder-grazing plaits on Celeste and Christopher’s son, Atlas
  • Shoulder-length natural curls, presumably adorning Celeste’s mother
  • Two puffs with a cornrow and beads on either side


Atlas wears Lacy’s hairstyle as he builds a treehouse with his presumed grandfather:

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