September 18, 2009

Inspired by Tyra, Meghan McCain Admits She, Too, Wears Fake Hair

Posted: 12:41 PM ET

Editor's Note: Tyra Banks will be Larry's guest on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 9pmET/6pmPT. Don't miss it!

By Meghan McCain via The Daily Beast

While guest hosting The View last week, the subject of Tyra Banks appearing on her show without a weave or a wig came up during the Hot Topics segment. I have long been a huge Tyra fan and consider her an inspiration to young women, including me. The idea of her being seen without fake hair was another awesome moment of Tyra bridging the gap between reality and television. art_meghan_mccain_lkl

The conversation soon turned to our own hair—real and otherwise. Sherri Shepherd admitted that when she was little she wanted “Marcia Brady hair” like I had. For that matter, I said, so did I. If Tyra had the courage to go on TV without a weave, I wanted everyone to know this: Not all the hair attached to my head is real. Yes, I have been wearing different variations of permanent and semi-permanent hair extensions since high school. Even as far back as middle school if you count the banana hairclip with the sliver of hair attached to it I wore to my eighth-grade dance.

For those who watch Tyra, the buildup to her appearing sans-weave was a big deal. For men out there and women who have virgin hair (that’s never been processed, dyed, or had extensions or weaves put in it) let me explain that for women like Tyra (and myself) to go without a weave on television is almost unthinkable. I have appeared on shows with and without hair extensions, and I far prefer the way I look when I have them in. On the night my father accepted his nomination for president, I wore a giant Madonna ponytail extension (circa her Vogue tour)— much to the dismay of some of the campaign advisers, I might add.


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bette   September 18th, 2009 1:24 pm ET

CNN, you must really be desperate for stories to post such nonsense. Does anyone give a flying- you- know- what about this story???????

Joanne Wozniacki   September 18th, 2009 2:53 pm ET

50,000,000 people in this country presently have no health insurance because they can't afford it, yet half the country doesn't want "change" nor support Obama's proposed Health Plan, including many bible-preaching, phony evangelists and gun-toting Southern Baptists. I FINALLY GET IT. The Bible says Satan is wandering around the world causing pain and tribulation until Christ's Second Coming. I believe that, except now I know that "Satan" means half the people in America.

donna   September 18th, 2009 2:59 pm ET

no,nobody gives a dam lol

Joanne Wozniacki   September 18th, 2009 3:06 pm ET

The so-called religious people in this country who profess to be holy and go to church, are against gay marriage and abortion are also making speeches on You Tube against Obama's health plan which would help millions who have no health coverage. Their position is basically, "Too bad if you can't afford health care, fellow Americans, we don't want change." YUP, RIGHT OUT OF THE BIBLE! HYPOCRITES!

Rae   September 18th, 2009 3:22 pm ET

Not that I am not concerned about all the issues that are consider "important" and urgently needs resolutions. But Larry showed me a caring side of the society that cares about how women and girls feel, the kind of expectation to be beautiful and attractive. Although I personally do not follow Tyra's career, but what she did took a lot of courage from her point of view. Those who are insensitive can keep their piece and stay on the issues that are deemed important to them.

Rose   September 18th, 2009 3:45 pm ET

Joanne W: Thank you for saying it like it is! Lack of health insurance is killing Americans. Here's what the Bible says:

Ezekiel 22:29, 31 – "The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery (e.g. health insurance and related lobbies in the US and their paid politician supporters); they oppress the poor and needy (those who cannot afford health insurance) and mistreat the alien, denying them justice. So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord."

There is no excuse, in such a rich and advanced country, for people to die due to lack of health insurance.

Rose   September 18th, 2009 3:58 pm ET

Concerning this hair issue. A sociologist on Tyra Banks' show commented that long, smooth silky hair was deemed to be a positive trait for African American women during slavery as this appearance gave them preference to be a "house slave" as opposed to a "field slave" by their masters. This gave the women access to better food and living quarters, prolonging their life. This attitude toward hair was past down through generations of African Americans as a survival mechanism until the 1960's and 70's when "Black is Beautiful" questioned the caucasian concept of beauty in black women. A more natural look was adopted (afro's).

In recent years, many African American female celebrities have chosen to emulate the so-called preferred "white" look of wearing long silky blond wigs and extensions. Very young African American girls also equated their natural curly hair as being "bad" – per Tyra's show. This cultural preference was addressed by Tyra Banks by her removal of her fake hair, but the issue is far deeper than that of "hair".

Carmeleta   September 18th, 2009 4:46 pm ET

I think bringing celebs to talk about their fake hair etc would encourage the younger generation to embrace what they have and be happy, This brings to mind Michael Jackson. He was such a handsome man before the cosmetic surgeons disfigured him. I think you should have some of the bad plastic surgeries on that show as well. Another point, is there anyway to filter out the profanity form the facebook commemts? we do not need profanity to get our point of view/comments out.

Anne   September 18th, 2009 5:02 pm ET

Tyra Banks was in Michael Jackson's Black and White short film.

Everyone should see it.

Mark from Boston   September 18th, 2009 5:28 pm ET

I agree Joann...

Raymond “Ray Ray” Clark is indicted in the murder a PHD student Annie Le at an Ivy League school,
and people are still in denial that he’s capable of the crime. Yet, the President of the United States is being compared to Hitler for trying help ALL Americans obtain medical insurance and avoid financial ruin. It’s obvious many of these people haven’t met “Ray Ray’s” hyper friend “Babbling Bobby” who was on Larry King last night. If an African American guy named “Ray Ray” was just walking down the street many people of ALL ethnicities would cross the street and clutch their purse. Only in America.

Rae   September 18th, 2009 8:15 pm ET

Mark, I sympathize with your view. However, by assuming the scenario you just decribed it is just the reverse discrimination. "Man in the Mirror"... We start with ourselves....

eJay   September 18th, 2009 11:14 pm ET

What would Jesus do, I'm pretty sure he wouldn't deny anyone coverage.

Gerald Jolly   September 19th, 2009 11:31 pm ET

Inspired by TARA BANKS

GEEEEZZZZ! she has to be really hard up for a "ROLE MODEL"

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