Pressley opened up about her alopecia in an official reveal on The Root. "From there, it accelerated very quickly". If you aren't familiar with the congresswoman, Senegalese twists are a style that became synonymous with her brand, but lace-fronts have become her go-to hairstyle to hide her growing baldness. Some, she recalled back in 2018, called the look unpolished, too ethnic, and too urban. In many corporations, black women are expected to wear their hair straightened (though their hair tends to be more coily) and the legacy of black women wearing their hair close to or in its natural state is fraught and intertwined with the legacy of racism.
Pressley said that she first discovered signs of the condition in the fall past year, when she noticed small patches of missing hair during a hair appointment.
U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., disclosed Thursday that she has alopecia areata, a condition that results in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere.
Pressley told The Root she lost her final piece of hair at a pivotal time, both politically and personally: the night before the impeachment vote of President Donald Trump in the House of Representatives, which was also the anniversary of her mother's death. It was a moment of transformation not of my choosing.
Pressley appeared without her wig at the end of the video, which was shared widely after it was published and made national headlines.More news: Sir David Attenborough warns that humans `have overrun the world'
She told Braude and Eagan that while she knew her decision to wear Senegalese twists would pave the way for other black women and girls to be themselves, "I did not realize the extent to which that would be true when it comes to hair loss".
As the emotional video has made the rounds, fellow MA officials have voiced their support for Pressley's bravery.
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- Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) January 16, 2020The bravery of @AyannaPressley sets such a powerful example.
However, despite all those attempts, her hair continued to fall out. "I had been waking up every morning to sinks full of hair". "And I thought of those t-shirts and I just kept revisiting that", she said.More news: Newcastle still interested in Leeds United target Jarrod Bowen
"It felt like I owed all those little girls an explanation", she said. Despite losing her all hair hours before, she still had to show up and do her civic duty.
But through her unabashed vulnerability, Pressley introduced a new narrative: That, while hair is associated with beauty, it's also deeply entangled with identity. "It's about power. It's about acceptance", she said. They drew the attention of girls and women who had never seen braids like theirs on campaign posters and on the House floor. Ilhan Omar, New York Rep. It's a truth that's uncomfortable to recognize-because when hair isn't "just hair", the loss of it gains renewed, heartbreaking significance.
"I am making peace with having alopecia", Pressley says.
Pressley went on to describe the impact of her famous braids.
On Twitter, Pressley wrote, "Today, I am sharing my #hairloss journey to create space and to create community for those of us who have had complicated relationships with our hair". "The reality is I'm black, I'm a black woman, and I'm a black woman in politics, and everything I do is political".More news: AB de Villiers aiming to make ODI comeback as well
Pressley knows that her body will forever be scrutinized. And I'm a black woman. She has gone through a real, painful loss-and is willing to experience visceral sadness in response to it on a public stage.