Stacey Abrams Says She Was Pressured To Change Her Look During Gubernatorial Run: I Had 'Natural Hair And A Gap Between My Teeth'
Stacey Abrams told OWN that a person's capacity is all that should matter in elections.
During an in-depth interview with OWN, Stacey Abrams said she had to work hard to ignore unimportant beauty standards during her run for governor of Georgia in 2018.
Abrams responded, "Beauty is not the thing I think about all the time," when asked whether she felt pressured to cater her look to men.
Abrams went on to discuss how even her own longtime friends badgered her about physical changes she needed to make during her gubernatorial run.
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"I used to be that thin and I miss those days but not enough to go back to them," she told the audience.
"I want to be healthy but I'm not trying to fit anyone else's image," she added.
Abrams' popularity has grown exponentially since she suffered a very narrow loss in November's election. Many have clamored for her to run for U.S. Senate, and even president.
Instead, she has chosen to focus on badly-needed, state-by-state voting rights initiatives and election reform through her new organization, Fair Fight 2020.
"My responsibility is to ensure that the right to vote, the right to have that vote counted is sacrosanct. And, concession says that the system works perfectly fine. I do not believe the system works perfectly fine," she told WBUR on Tuesday.
On Wednesday morning, after longtime U.S. Senator for Georgia Johnny Isakson announced his retirement, many floated Abrams as a more than worthy candidate. Abrams, however, quickly released a statement shooting down any interest she may have in the seat.
Statement from my spokesman: pic.twitter.com/0smIAb5ptA— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) August 28, 2019'
Despite refusing to run for Senate, she said she would be more than happy to be the running mate of a 2020 presidential candidate.
"There are those who advised me against saying that out loud. But, the reality is, of course, the work that I want to see for America, the progress I want to see us make, I would be honored to be the running mate of the Democratic nominee," she said earlier this week.
During the interview with OWN, she spoke about electability politics and the challenges that come with running for office as a Black woman.
"It's taken a while, but my confidence in my capacity is what I care about. I had people who had known me for years who said, 'You can't do this' and 'You can't be the first' because of what you look like," she said, joking that she hadn't had a perm since 1995.
"I like who I am, and because I knew I was the best person for the job, I wasn't going to wait until Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig turned me into the after picture. I wasn't going to Invisalign myself out of looking like my mother."