Ayanna Pressley Receives Outpouring of Support for Her Bravery Opening up About Her Hair Loss

Democratic Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) opened up about her battles with alopecia, an autoimmune disorder that causes patterns of baldness.

The Massachusetts lawmaker — who has been a high-profile figure as a member of the so-called “Squad” — revealed the disease in an interview with The Root. She told the outlet, “I think it’s important that I’m transparent about this new normal.”

She said that she first noticed the spots of baldness last fall and she said that she lost the last of her hair on the night before the House voted to impeach President Donald Trump. Pressley says that her decision to go public is “about self-agency. It’s about power. It’s about acceptance.”

In a video posted by The Root, Pressley said, “I am making peace with having alopecia, I have not arrived there … but I’m making more progress every day and that’s why I’m doing this today.”

There was an outpouring of support for Pressley online; her colleague Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) — who chairs the Congressional Black Caucus — wrote of Pressley, “Her courage and her beauty are on display every day in the work she does for the people she represents. Today is no exception.”

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) asked, “Could you imagine losing all of your hair on the eve of an enormously public day,” and added, “Ayanna, you are a living blessing.”

Longtime politician John Kerry wrote that he is “proud to count her as a friend,” and added that he hopes “some more in this generation summon even a little bit of Ayanna in the decision they make.”

Though she is only a freshman congresswoman, Pressley has become an iconic member of Congress. And she’s proved that she’s not defined by the typical cliques of Washington, D.C., — while the other women in the “Squad” all endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for president in 2020, Pressley instead endorsed Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

Responses

  1. Maybe Ayanna can adapt the “patriarchal” headgear of her squad member Omar. No Handmaid’s habit for her. Just a hijab.

  2. Hairclub for Men/Women/Xis/Whatever Ayanna. You could be a spokesperson after your political career goes away

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