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Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley lately shared a selfie that actually begs the query written in its caption, “Who wants hair with these cheekbones?” After being recognized with alopecia areata final yr, the Massachusetts consultant has now taken to Twitter to celebrate the start of Alopecia Areata Awareness Month (September) with an empowering tweet that has since introduced in 1000’s of retweets and appreciative replies from others who’ve alopecia.
“Who wants hair with these cheekbones?”
“Let me drop an alopecia selfie flex. Ya’ll keep mad on my timeline. I get it,” Pressley wrote alongside a selfie of herself sporting an expert outfit and glamorous make-up. She added, “Of us wish to know which rest room I take advantage of. Clearly, the one the place royalty enters. S/O to my Alopecia Squad, 7million sturdy.” Along with sparking many uplifting exchanges, the tweet additionally garnered a reply from fellow Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who wrote, “Can we discuss this collar jewellery!! The lip shade! Are you glowing up with out me?! Whew, I am taking notes.”
Let me drop an alopecia selfie flex. Ya’ll keep mad on my timeline. I get it. Who wants hair with these cheekbones? Of us wish to know which rest room I take advantage of. Clearly, the one the place royalty enters. S/O to my Alopecia Squad, 7million sturdy. #alopeciaawarenessmonth pic.twitter.com/2jrvAJsRXd
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) September 2, 2020
Pressley had beforehand change into identified for her signature Senegalese twists, which she had worn for about 5 years earlier than being recognized with alopecia areata, a situation that slows hair growth and causes unpredictable hair loss. Although she at first wore wigs, Pressley determined to share the personal news in a moving video for The Root earlier this yr. “I am prepared now, as a result of I wish to be free of the key and the disgrace that that secret carries with it,” Pressley mentioned within the video.
As for many who may say it is pointless for her to be talking concerning the matter, Pressley mentioned, “My twists have change into such a synonymous and conflated a part of not solely my private identification and the way I present up on the planet, however my political model. That is why I feel it is vital that I am clear about this new regular.” She later added, “The truth is that I am Black, and I am a Black lady, and I am a Black lady in politics. All the things I do is political.”