BEAUTY MARK

A brief hair-story of Good Morn­ing Amer­ica an­chor Robin Roberts’s sig­na­ture cropped cut

InStyle (USA) - - Directory - WHEN I WAS LIT­TLE, MY HAIR WAS...

Long and su­perthick. I wore it in two braids, and be­cause I was al­ways run­ning around, they would get mat­ted and tan­gled.

I FIRST CUT MY HAIRWHEN...

I was a sports an­chor at ESPN. Be­ing a woman in sports, es­pe­cially a woman of color, I felt I was al­ways fight­ing for cred­i­bil­ity. I tried so hard to have that “an­chor look,” and short hair was part of that.

LOS­ING MY HAIR TO CHEMO WAS...

The first thing I thought about when I was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer. My hair fell out like clock­work after my first treat­ment. I re­mem­ber my mom cook­ing a pot of col­lard greens in the kitchen, and I came in cry­ing. I put my head on her shoul­der and slid down to the floor as she held me, keep­ing my head away from the pot. She said, “I love you, baby, but not in my col­lard greens!”

THE THING I’VE LEARNED ABOUT HAIR IS...

It’s not the be-all and end-all. I walked in Isaac Mizrahi’s fash­ion show while I was go­ing through chemo. Right be­fore I stepped out, I looked in the mir­ror and took my wig off. No one knew I was go­ing to do it. I didn’t even know I was go­ing to do it. It was so pow­er­ful.

I CON­SIDER MYSELFA...

Can­cer “thriver,” not “sur­vivor.” Thank the good Lord I sur­vived, but I don’t want to just sur­vive. In July we an­nounced The Robin Roberts Fund for Can­cer Sur­vivor­ship Re­search at the ESPYS. Our goal is to sup­port re­search to im­prove the qual­ity of life after treat­ment. No one talks about how it takes such a toll on us phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally.

MY BEAUTY ICONIS...

My mama. She had the most gor­geous head of hair up un­til she was 88. She was the most beau­ti­ful woman, but she also drove me crazy! She would al­ways tell me to put red lip­stick on. She’d say, “Honey, you know I love you, but nat­u­ral beauty will only take you so far.”

“I think my short hair makes me look younger now than I did in my 30s.”

Join Mika Brzezin­ski, au­thor and founder of Know Your Value and co-host of MSNBC’S Morn­ing Joe, along­side lead­ing ex­perts for a full-day event where you’ll learn how to un­lock your full po­ten­tial and ne­go­ti­ate your worth, both per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally.

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Roberts braved the cat­walk bald at Isaac Mizrahi’s fall 2008 run­way show. HAIR CRUSH “Halle Berry rocks short hair so ef­fort­lessly. She makes it look sassy.”

Roberts as an ESPN sports an­chor

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