The freshman congresswoman unveiled her new look and said she felt she owed little girls inspired by her natural hair an explanationThe US congresswoman Ayanna Pressley unveiled a bold new look on Thursday.The 45-year freshman representative from Massachusetts is completely bald, a condition she revealed is caused by alopecia. Continue reading...
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Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley just posted a first bald selfie, and she says alopecia is at the root of her hair loss
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) announced last week that she has alopecia, and is now completely bald...Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) announced last week that she has alopecia, and is now completely bald as a result. In a tweet on Sunday morning, Pressley showed off her smooth head under a wide-brimmed hat. She says she is still "making peace" with having no hair. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley first realized something odd was happening to her hair back in the fall of 2019. "I had been waking up every morning to sinkfuls of hair, " the freshmen Democrat from Massachusetts told The Root. She was dealing with the tell-tale signs of alopecia areata, a disease in which the body attacks its own hair follicles, prompting hair loss. By the time President Trump was impeached in December, all of her hair was gone. "Impeachment eve, the last little bit of my hair came out," she said. "I was completely bald." She has kept up her coiffed appearance since then by quietly wearing wigs until last Thursday, when she went public by showing off her smooth bald head in a 7-minute video posted on The Root. On Sunday, Pressley also posted her first bald selfie on Twitter. Happy Sunday! #baldsquad #baldbaddies #baldisbeautiful Thank you for the warm welcome #alopecia nation #hairlosscrew. New year. New decade. New truths. New swag. #theyaintreadyforthissmoke pic.twitter.com/M3ggSNrV9B — Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) January 19, 2020 Her colleague, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded quickly in support of the wig-free look. "Ayanna leads the fight for justice and does it all walking backwards, in heels, with a matching lip AND makes space for others rocking a hat better than anyone you know. A queen," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. Ayanna leads the fight for justice and does it all walking backwards, in heels, with a matching lip AND makes space for others rocking a hat better than anyone you know.A queen. 👑👑👑 https://t.co/1um7UIXPdD — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 19, 2020 The hair-free look is a dramatic change from Pressley's previous Senegalese twists, which she said she first started wearing about five years ago. Those long, rope-like tresses made her feel like she'd "met" herself "fully for the first time," she said. Pressley is the first black congresswoman from Massachusetts, and she said it has become hard for her to separate her hair from her political identity. "My twists have become such a synonymous and conflated part of — not only my personal identity and how I show up in the world — but my political brand," Pressley said in the video. "We receive letters from all over the globe of women who talk about their own emancipation, that they feel that I've given them permission [to do their hair differently]." Pressley said she's still "making peace" with having alopecia, but added she also doesn't feel like herself when she wears wigs. "People are well-meaning, and have been reminding me of the India Arie song, you know, 'I am not my hair,' she said. "You are not your hair, and that's true. But I still want it!" There's no cure for alopecia Alopecia areata is a condition that can crop up in women and men, both old and young. The National Alopecia Areata Foundation estimates that as many as 6.8 million people in the US have it. One 2019 study suggests the condition may be more common among African-Americans than other ethnic groups. There's no cure for the baldness, but there are some treatments like Rogaine that try to stimulate hair follicles (they don't work for everybody, though). Sometimes a person's hair grows back on its own. "In its most common form, alopecia areata causes small round or oval patches of baldness on the scalp," according to Harvard Health. "The area of bald skin looks smooth and normal." Most people with alopecia are otherwise healthy, though some also develop brittle, ridgy, dented, or red nails. According to the Mayo Clinic, hairstyles that "pull your hair tight" can cause what's called "traction alopecia," and hot oil treatments and perms can inflame hair follicles, and eventually lead to hair loss. Read more: The only things that actually cure baldness, according to science Everything you need to know about Trump's impeachment process: What's happened, who the players are, and what comes next Rep. Ayanna Pressley goes public with alopecia and baldness Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Last minute gift wrapping? Here's how to wrap your present in under 2 minutes.
Society often associates femininity with long, flowing locks – but a growing number of women are...Society often associates femininity with long, flowing locks – but a growing number of women are choosing to celebrate their baldnessBarbara Williams didn’t get married just to change her name – of course not. But the opportunity to have a new surname was certainly an attractive proposition. Williams has had trichotillomania, a condition that causes her to pull out her hair compulsively, since she was nine – and her original name was Balde. Well, it wasn’t ideal.A 63-year-old picture framer from Warwickshire, Williams believes that her trichotillomania was triggered by the stress of her mother leaving the family home. She would lie awake at night and tug out great handfuls of hair, before rolling it up into a ball and hiding it behind the bed. By her 30s, she was totally bald. “It was just awful,” she sighs. “I couldn’t even watch shampoo adverts on the television. There would be a horrible feeling in my chest.” Continue reading...
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest women ever elected to Congress, did not come to play by the...Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest women ever elected to Congress, did not come to play by the old rules – and she has pushed the party to the leftFreshman orientation in November 2018 had only just begun when the most high-profile member of the incoming House Democratic class broke away from her new colleagues to join climate activists for a protest – inside House speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office.Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, did not come to play by the old rules of Washington. While she hasn’t achieved everything she set out to do – far from it – allies and rivals agree that Ocasio-Cortez has upended Democratic politics, pushing the party inexorably to the left. And all before her 30th birthday, which she celebrated in October. Continue reading...