Abby Lee Miller is sharing her own experience with hair loss in light of Jada Pinkett Smith‘s alopecia diagnosis.
Pinkett-Smith, 50, posed for a selfie with the Dance Moms alum, 56, at Saturday’s grand opening of the Rhimes Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles, where Miller says they connected over their respective struggles with hair loss.
“I had a chance to talk to the radiant @jadapinkettsmith and we both agree – it’s just easier to throw on a baseball cap than it is [to] do your hair!” she captioned the photo.
“Whether you lose it all going through rounds of chemotherapy (like I did) or as a result of many other illnesses, functional disorders, too much wear and tear, even a hereditary disposition – you can always be beautiful inside & out!”
Miller has been very open about her hair loss as a result of chemotherapy treatments for her 2018 diagnosis with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which has since gone into remission.
Jada has also spoke on her struggles with alopecia, an autoimmune disorder that causes bald spots and hair losses. She also spoke on her condition when she unveiled her shaved head back in December.
“It was terrifying when it first started. I was in the shower one day and had just handfuls of hair in my hands and I was just like, ‘Oh my god, am I going bald?'” Jada said on Red Table Talk in 2018.
Jada’s hair loss recently became a hot subject after the controversial moment at the 94th Academy Awards last month when her husband Will Smith smacked Chris Rock across the face for making a joke about her.
“Jada, I love ya. G.I. Jane 2, can’t wait to see ya,” Rock, 57, said before Will, 53, took the stage and hit him.
“Keep my wife’s name out your f—ing mouth!” Smith yelled up to the stage at Rock after taking his seat again.
Many have been quick to show support for Jada over her struggle with alopecia, revealing the disparities in how self-esteem around hair loss affects Black women. Rock even made a documentary about the topic with 2009’s Good Hair.
Chris’ brother Kenny Rock has also defended him, arguing that “if he knew that she had alopecia … he wouldn’t make a joke about that. But he didn’t know.”
While others have been quick to criticize Jada over the condition. Earlier this month on his HBO talk show, Real Time, Bill Maher said: “I mean, alopecia, it’s not leukemia, OK?” he said.
Will has since resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and he has been banned from the awards show for the next decade.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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