Sister Style: The politics of Appearance for Black Women Political Elites

Danielle Lemi, Tower Center Fellow, co-published a book arguing that Black women’s political experiences are shaped by their skin tone and hair texture, with hair texture being a key point of scrutiny. More than any other candidates, Black women face a significant amount of pressure from those around them to look more like White women. The book delves into the different ways Black voters react to Black female candidates based on their appearance. Depending on age, generation, and lifestyle, Black women choose to adopt different physical appearances based on expectations. Buy the book here.