The ever-expanding world of reality TV just got a little bigger thanks to a new offering from WE tv. Their latest show, “Cutting It: In the Atl” follows the journey of five dynamic hairstylists as they strive to find the perfect balance between their personal and professional lives.
Recently, cast members Beautii J, Dedra Allen, Mushiya Tshikuka, Maja Sly, and LaKenya Morris sat down with rolling out to share their insights into the hair industry beyond in advance of the show’s May 21 premiere date.
Atlanta features some of the most dramatic reality shows on television and it’s beginning to look like that comes with the territory. Can the fans expect a lot of drama or will this show be different?
Dedra Allen: Most definitely, of course there is going to be a lot of drama. We are strong-minded women and we have our own opinions. Besides who wants to look at a boring television show?
So is the drama for the ratings or is that just that just what’s expected in the hair industry?
Maja Sly: It’s a dirty, dirty industry, but we are businesswomen and we didn’t come on here to be reality stars because when these cameras stop rolling, we still have to get paid.
People often look at an all-Black cast of women on TV and assume that it will be degrading. With that stereotype what prompted your decision to do the show?
Mushiya Tshikuka: It’s a big platform to do what I love to do most, which is to empower women to love themselves, love their natural [hair], and just be the best that they can be.
So what life lessons do you wish to teach from being on the show?
Beautii J: I earned everything that I have today and I just want to show young women that they can do it as long as you have that mindset and love yourself.
LaKenya Morris: I just want to keep going and never give up.
“Cutting It: In the ATL” airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on WE tv.