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Why Others' Opinion Does /Should (Not) Count by Alyscia Cunningham | I AM MORE THAN MY HAIR Book Tour | Goddess Fish Promotions Presents Women's Issues + Photography

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for I AM MORE THAN MY HAIR by Alyscia Cunningham. The women...

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for I AM MORE THAN MY HAIR by Alyscia Cunningham. The women's issues/photography book is available now from AC Media.

I Am More Than My Hair
by Alyscia Cunningham


GENRE:   Women's Issues; Photography



From the time we are young, girls are pressured into a set belief of beauty standards. Hair is certainly high on the list and is often labeled as our "crown and glory." Where does this notion fit for a girl with alopecia (the partial or complete absence of hair from areas of the body where it normally grows; baldness)? This new coffee table book should bring light to the issue.

I Am More Than My Hair: My Outward Appearance Does Not Define Me, is a two-part project, documentary film and coffee table book. The newly published book features 138 portraits of 46 women and the stories of their experience with hair loss, as well as women who cut their hair in solidarity of a loved one.



Debbie, 31

My friends and family supported me


On May 24, 2011, I discovered a large mass in my left breast while I was doing my self-check. Later that day, I went to the National Cancer Prevention Institute in Lagos for a breast screening. A nurse screened both my breasts and my cervix and referred me for sonography, which was done at a local scanning center. On June 3, 2011, I had a Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology procedure at Me Cure Health Care Limited to diagnose my condition. I was told that the breast lump was benign and that the left auxiliary lymph node was negative for malignant cells. On June 11, 2011, I had my first lumpectomy at a local medical center.

Barely four months later, I discovered another lump slightly above the previous operation site and had surgery at the same hospital. But this time, I insisted on further medical investigation to know why the cancer recurred. That’s when I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma. By April 2012, I was diagnosed with Stage IV carcinoma.

I had withheld the news from my dad because he was hospitalized for paralysis, but with the latest diagnosis, I couldn’t hold the news any longer. I told my dad about it on July 31, 2012 hoping he had gained enough strength to handle the news but, unfortunately for me, he passed on to glory the following day, which was my birthday, August 1, 2012.

My friends and family supported me and, before I knew what was happening, all my friends joined a campaign for me on Twitter tagged “walk against cancer, #savedebbie.” I got the exact amount of money I needed for my treatment in the United States ($55,000), but I had to start chemotherapy right away in Nigeria.

I arrived in the United States in October 2012 and started treatment at Howard University Hospital. I had chemotherapy for 10 months followed by a bilateral mastectomy in October 2013. To the glory of God, I survived Stage IV breast cancer, but I am still fighting bone and liver cancer.

Rest in peace, Debbie: August 1, 1984 – April 1, 2016.

- Excerpt is copyright of Alyscia Cunningham and AC Media. It can be used only for the promotion of I Am More Than My Hair: My Outward Appearance Does Not Define Me.


Why others' opinion does /should (not) count - between: preconceptions, "political correctness"and the real thing)

Perception. A belief or opinion based on appearance or how things seem.

There are two fundamental words in the definition of perception: belief and seem. It is
someone's understanding of themselves, the World and everything and everyone she/he

As a child I remember how important it was to have friends and to feel a sense of belonging or fitting in. It was equally essential that my family and friends opinions of me was positive. That their perception of me was constructive. Although it still somewhat matters, as I've grown 
I've come to learn that people see you as they see themselves.

I love the quote...

“Your perception of me is a reflection of you; my reaction to you is an awareness of me.”

That same is true for societal pressures produced by manufacturers by way of the media. We are fed this idea that perfection exist and beauty is flawless (perfect). What most people aren't aware of is the notion of the perception of beauty boils down to money. It's not about what's good for you or the environment. It's about making a profit off of our insecurities. But our insecurities stem from the messages fed to us by the media, as well as our surroundings
(friends and family), which in turn is the way we develop a reflection of ourselves.

With that, the opinion of others is truly of no significance because it all comes down to a belief. Although it's easier said than done, if we establish a positive perception of ourselves, despite what's being said or happening around us, the perception of others would not count. I can't change install confidence in others, however creating works of art for social impact starts the conversation. It is my hope that my art can be an aid in the much needed change.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Alyscia Cunningham is an entrepreneur, author, filmmaker and photographer who has contributed to the Smithsonian, National Geographic, Discovery Channel and AOL. In September 2013 Alyscia self-published Feminine Transitions, a photography book encompassed with portraits of raw feminine beauty. Her recently published photography book and upcoming documentary film, I Am More Than My Hair, features 138 portraits of 46 females and the stories of their experience with hair loss as well as females who cut their hair in solidarity of a loved one. Alyscia creates these, and future projects, with the consideration of art for social-change.

Alyscia specializes in promoting our natural beauty because she believes the media does a good job of focusing on our insecurities by bombarding us with ads proclaiming that their appearance without enhancements is inadequate or faulty. Her portraits are unaltered by Photoshop and reveal women as they are naturally, without the fa├žade they put on for others.

Her work has been featured on Fox5 News, The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, APlus, and Proud2BMe. To learn more about Alyscia and her work, visit

Alyscia also invites you to view her video introductions to Feminine Transitions, and I Am More Than My Hair.

I Am More Than My Hair book is now available on Amazon and at these retailers: 
Bluestockings Bookstore (New York, NY)
BookWoman (Austin, TX)
East City Bookshop (Washington, DC)
Politics and Prose (Washington, DC)
Sandy Spring Museum (Ashton, MD)
Vroman's Bookstores (Pasadena, CA)
Women's Museum of California (San Diego, CA).

Social media pages:

Twitter - @alyscia_c

Instagram - @Alyscia Cunningham

Facebook - @Alyscia Cunningham Images

and @I Am More Than My Hair.



Alyscia Cunningham will be awarding a limited edition 2019 calendar for "I Am More Than My Hair" (US only) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. Thank you for hosting! I'm happy to answer any questions and will check back in later today.

    1. It's my pleasure. Best of luck with the book and book tour! I included the tour in the Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader:


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