Video: Nikiya Mathis' Tony Win Shows Her 'Just How Important Service Is' | Playbill

Tony Awards Video: Nikiya Mathis' Tony Win Shows Her 'Just How Important Service Is'

She won a Special Tony Award as a hair and wig designer for Jaja's African Hair Braiding.

After receiving her Special Tony Award onstage at the David H. Koch Theater, hair and wig designer Nikiya Mathis couldn't help but marvel at her beginnings: "I started out as an actor, I thought maybe if I got a Tony Award, it would be for acting."

Watch her video backstage with Playbill on how her original dream was "too small," in an interview with Playbill's Jeffrey Vizcaíno.

Mathis won for her work in Jaja’s African Hair Braiding, which will tour this fall. Her hair and wig designs can currently be seen in Home and in The Heart of Rock and Roll.

READ: Nikiya Mathis Says It's Time for a Permanent Hair Design Tony Award

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