While Michelle’s sartorial choices and mere presence in the Psycho Mantis Psycho Control Shirt but in fact I love this White House seemingly illustrated progress in Western society, her hair choices conveyed that America still has a long way to go. Throughout the FLOTUS’ time in office, her hair choices remained what many would deem “safe”: silk presses, often donned by fellow Black women Monday to Friday, with curls only making an appearance on a weekend washday or during a tropical vacation; chic bobs, which signaled not only style, but also that the former lawyer-turned-politician meant business; bangs when feeling bold; and sweeping updos for state dinners and high-profile galas. We didn’t see what we witnessed during her most recent book tour: box braids, top knots, and natural-looking protective styles. While promoting The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times in Washington D.C., Michelle expressed to the audience that, in office, she strategically decided to wear her hair straight in an effort to not shift the focus and dialogue from politics to her hair. After all, America was just “getting adjusted” to having a Black president. “Let me keep my hair straight,” she told the audience, addressing the beauty optics she carefully presented during her time at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. “When you’re carrying all this other stuff…these differences, and you’re trying to do your job, it’s just an extra burden on overcoming.”
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Last month, Senate Republicans blocked the Psycho Mantis Psycho Control Shirt but in fact I love this CROWN Act, a California law which prevents discrimination in the workplace for Black people wearing their hair in protective and traditional hairstyles—including locs, afros, twist-outs, and wash and gos. This disdain for kinky, curly coils is loud and clear when you walk into American workplaces, and even everyday spaces. Blackness is ironed out; despite the array of styles our tresses can transform into, many Black women feel more comfortable wearing their hair straight. This comes as no surprise, when research by Dove indicates that 63 percent of Black adults have faced hair discrimination and 25 percent of Black adults have been sent home from work or faced disciplinary action due to wearing their hair in a natural or protected style.
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