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Sister StyleThe Politics of Appearance for Black Women Political Elites$
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Nadia E. Brown and Danielle Casarez Lemi

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780197540572

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197540572.001.0001

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Candid Conversations: Black Women Political Elites and Appearances

Candid Conversations: Black Women Political Elites and Appearances

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Sister Style

Nadia E. Brown

Danielle Casarez Lemi

Oxford University Press

This chapter showcases how conversations are a generative tool to assess the differences and similarities in the aesthetic experiences of Black women political elites. The authors partnered with the Black Women’s Political Action Committee of Texas to provide the first ever scholarly focus group with Black women political elites. Through an organic conversation, they found that Black women candidates and elected officials face challenges from others, including fellow Black women, about how they choose to present themselves for political office. The authors documented generational splits in how age cohorts of Black women decide to style themselves and the political implications of these choices. Most notably, Millennial Black women political elites detailed discrimination and hostilities based on their styling preferences, often at the hands of older Black women.

Keywords:   generational cohort, focus group, natural hair, campaigns, makeup, clothing choices

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