Michelle Obama Shares That She Straightened Her Hair While Barack Was In Office To Avoid Public Outrage, “Americans Weren’t Ready For Natural Black Hair”

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Cousins! Our forever First Lady Michelle Obama has recently revealed that her choice of hairstyles were based on Americans adjusting to a Black family being in the White House!

In conversation with former talk show host Ellen DeGeneres at Washington D.C.’s Warner Theatre on Tuesday to promote her new book, Michelle says that she decided to straighten her hair because, “Americans weren’t ready for Black natural hair.”

“Let me keep my hair straight,” Michelle recalled thinking. “Let’s get healthcare passed.” She says that she wanted to keep her hair in braids because it would be easier but she didn’t want to deal with the hassle of her hair being the topic of discussion.

“We deal with it – the whole thing about, ‘Do you show up with your natural hair?’” Michelle said to Ellen. “That’s the African American experience but women in offices that are worried, ‘Should I wear skirts? Should I wear pantyhose?’ I hate pantyhose.

( 📸: AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Michelle also reveals that back in 2014 when Barack wore a tan suit and that the way the public reacted in shock and outrage served as a sign to her. “They tripped out when Barack wore a tan suit,” Michelle said. “The great indignity, the scandal of the Obama administration.”

Ever so often Black woman are faced with in-depth challenges of selecting hairstyles that are deemed acceptable within a professional or formal setting.

“The CROWN Act was created in 2019 by Dove and the CROWN Coalition, in partnership with then State Senator Holly J. Mitchell of California, to ensure protection against discrimination based on race-based hairstyles by extending statutory protection to hair texture and protective styles such as braids, locs, twists, and knots in the workplace and public schools.”

As we previously reported While the House passed the CROWN Act in March, however according to reports from KATV the senate has not yet passed it.

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