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Videos can use content-based copyright law contains reasonable use Fair Use ( Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley announced Thursday she has alopecia areata, a skin disease that causes hair loss, and revealed her bald head for the first time in a deeply personal video published by The Root. The freshman congresswoman, who’s one of four progressive Democrats known as “the Squad,” decided to open up about her relatively new struggle so she make peace with having the condition. “I want to be freed from the secret and the shame that that secret carries with it,” Pressley told the online magazine. The Ohio-born lawmaker noticed some patches in her hair last fall while getting her signature Senegalese twists. Shortly afterward, she began waking up every day to “sinks full of hair,” she said in the video. “I did not want to go to sleep because I did not want the morning to come, where I would remove this bonnet and my wrap and be met with more hair in the sink,” Pressley told the Root. As her hair continued to fall late last year, Pressley said she had nothing left on her head by Dec. 18 — the day the House of Representatives was set to vote on articles of impeachment against President Trump. “I was completely bald and in a matter of hours was going to have to walk into the floor… and cast a vote in support of articles of impeachment,” she recalled, noting it was a historical moment that “demanded” her participation. “So I didn’t have the luxury of mourning what felt like the loss of a limb.” Pressley, 45, reached out to a friend who helped her get a custom wig made for the occasion. Right after her historic vote, however, she rushed out of the House floor and hid in a bathroom stall. “I felt naked, exposed, vulnerable. I felt embarrassed,” she told the magazine. Pressley also felt like she was participating in a “cultural betrayal” because of all the girls had reached out to her and praised her for wearing her hair in twists. The outspoken “Squad” member also said that as a black woman in politics, any way she decides to wear her hair would be viewed as a political message anyway — so she decided to go public. “I am making peace with having alopecia,” Pressley said. “I have not arrived there… But I’m making progress every day.” Alopecia does not have a cure. Most people only lose hair in small patches, though some end up losing more or all of their hair, according to the National Institute of Health. Pressley’s heartfelt message was met with overwhelming support on social media, especially from her fellow “Squad” members. “Could you imagine losing all your hair on the eve of an enormously public day? And then turning that intensely intimate ordeal to make space for others? Ayanna, you are a living blessing,” New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter. “Q
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