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Helen Van Maele, aka "Skinhead Helen", is an inmate at Litchfield Penitentiary. She was introduced in Season Four as a primary member of the white pride movement unwittingly initiated by Piper Chapman. She is portrayed by Francesca Curran.

Personality Edit

Helen is a racist white supremacist. She is outspoken on her prejudices against the women of color in the prison, and typically has no qualms with turning to violence when she feels disrespected. 

Though she has an aggressive and racist front, it is shown that she loves unicorns and Lisa Frank stickers. In Season Five, she and Brandy Epps help the Dominicans multiple times, exclaiming they are 'Team Latte'. 

Physical Appearance Edit

Helen has a shaved head with tattoos on her face and neck.

Biography Edit

Before Litchfield Edit

No one knows of Helen's past or of her crime, but may have been of her racist and intransigent nature.

Season Four Edit

Helen is first seen together with Piper and members of the White Power Group, although she was not seen at the initial meeting. She is known by Skinhead Helen, and has great prominence for its shaved head and several tattoos in the neck and the face.

She remains as a committed member of the movement after Maria's business is discovered. She also works on the construction team, when all other Whispers owners are replaced.

Eventually, she is seen making racist comments with prisoners along with Brandy, and both express admiration for Kasey, since she is the new leader of the movement.

She witnesses the death of Poussey in the cafeteria, after the protest that all inmates joined. She, Brandy, Jennifer, and Kasey scoffed at Poussey as her body was removed from prison, to the fury of Janae, who physically assaulted Kasey, and they did not come to terms with the mourning period.

In the last moments of the season, she joins the riots in the suburbs and everyone leaves armed in the corridors until Humphrey is pressed by Maritza and his weapon fell to the ground, being caught by Dayanara. Helen becomes worried when Dayanara points the gun at them, but shortly afterwards she points the gun at Humphrey and everyone starts to ask for his death.

Season Five Edit

After the riot begins in prison and Humphrey is shot by Dayanara, Helen alongside Kasey and Brandy, they come together and try to capture Blake and Stratman, but they are delivered by them and locked in the kitchen warehouse with Frieda. As the hours go by, they start playing "Fuck, Marry, Kill" with the guards and Helen claims that everyone is hers, seducing them drastically. Frieda manages to free them from the warehouse with a trap built by her during this period and Blake and Stratman are captured.

During the night, Helen, Kasey and Brandy are smoking in the outer prison area when Yoga and Anita watch Judy King trying to escape, they run a fence and catch Judy, apparently hitting her. They tie Judy with a stake behind her arms and back, forcing her to walk the dark corridors of the prison until they reach the roof. Helen and Brandy put hijabs on their heads and try to throw Judy off the roof and are confused with Muslims when a helicopter reporter comes and picks up all the time. With Judy King hostage, Brandy does an auction and Cindy wins.

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Helen is mocked by Big Boo after stopping her from passing.

She participated in Tiffany's trial when she let Coates escape with the gun and accidentally shot Leanne's finger, shouting "Poo! Poo! Poo!" (advocating for Tiffany's incarceration in a portapotty) all the time and stressing out Big Boo, who was acting as Doggett's lawyer. Later, she joins Ramona and Ouija who have set up a coffee shop in one of the rooms, drinking coffee and reciting poems. Helen also began harrassing Tiffany through the influence of Leanne and Angie, preventing her from using the bathroom.

At the end of the riot, Helen, Brandy and Kasey join Ramona and Ouija, passing one of the dormitories to prevent SWAT from entering and then they fight bravely. They are eventually captured and taken out of prison, where they are put on buses at night, leaving Helen's fate unknown.

RelationshipsEdit

FriendsEdit

EnemiesEdit

Memorable QuotesEdit

"All for Helen."
— Helen Van Maele
"Still, apes swing."
— Helen Van Maele
"Latin class!"
— Helen Van Maele
"Unicorn stickers!"
— Helen Van Maele
"Poo! Poo! Poo! Poo!"
— Helen Van Maele's chant
"Adrenaline and lies..."
— Helen Van Maele's suggestion to Linda Ferguson's speed

GalleryEdit

Navigation Edit

Inmate Navigation
Suburbs Piper Chapman  •  Alex Vause  •  Galina Reznikov  •  Lorna Morello  •  Nicky Nichols  •  Tiffany Doggett  •  Brook Soso  •  Angie Rice  •  Norma Romano  •  Carrie Black  •  Gina Murphy  • Anita DeMarco  •  Maureen Kukudio  •  Leanne Taylor  •  Erica Jones  •  Frieda Berlin   •  Helen Van Maele  •  Kasey Sankey  •  Stephanie Hapakuka  •  Alana Dwight  •  Jennifer Digori  •  Brandy Epps  •  Loretta Fisher  •  Rhea Boyle  •  Shelly Ginsberg  •  Danita  •  Voth  •  White Cindy  •  Linda Ferguson  •  Jane Ingalls  •  Judy King  •  Lolly Whitehill  •  Sara Rice  •  Rosa Cisneros  •  Jimmy Cavanaugh  •  Taslitz  •  Tricia Miller  •  Mercy Valduto  •  Mei Chang  •  Stella Carlin
Ghetto Suzanne Warren  •  Tasha Jefferson  •  Cindy Hayes  •  Janae Watson  •  Alison Abdullah  •  Irma Lerman  •  Reema Pell  •  Jeanie Babson  •  Jayne Cooke  •  Poussey Washington  •  Yvonne Parker  • Sophia Burset  •  Claudette Pelage
Spanish Harlem Dayanara Diaz  •  Maria Ruiz  •  Blanca Flores  •  Marisol Gonzales  •  Gloria Mendoza  •  Carmen Aziza  •  Gerrman  •  Ramona Contreras  •  Cabrera  •  Michelle Carreras  •  Maritza Ramos  •  Lea Guerrera  •  Annie Valdez  • A-Rod  •  Aleida Diaz

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