“Crown Of Glory” News Anchor Reveals Natural Hair After Beating Breast Cancer
“Going natural” or returning to natural as some would say can be a trying journey for any woman. Adjusting to another standard of beauty, relearning how to take care of your own hair and figuring out which styles compliment you the best are not easy tasks.
But add to that the pressure of appearing on television, where natural hair isn’t exactly the norm. And then add to that the emotions that come with having just overcome a battle with breast cancer. It’s a whirl wind of emotion.
And it’s Memphis news anchor, Pam McKelvy’s life.
McKelvy, an anchor for WMC, had been very open about her battle with breast cancer in February of 2012. McKelvy opted to have a double mastectomy and then underwent chemotherapy. During the process she lost her hair and had been wearing a wig on air since last March.
But last week, she decided to switch it up. As McKelvy talked about a woman’s “crown of glory,” she declared: “I’m going natural. No more relaxers to straighten my hair.” And then she removed the wig she’d been wearing to reveal a face-flattering, tightly coiled afro.
She said, “All right, this is it. This is my new hair.” McKelvy, a former beauty queen and 15 year TV journalist, couldn’t hold back her tears as she spoke about what it took to get to this place and the gratitude she feels toward the station for being so supportive of her during her cancer journey and her hair transition.
“I made my choice because I think about the message I send to young women about confidence and self acceptance.”
McKelvy also mentioned 12 year old Vanessa VanDyke, whose hair was deemed “distracting’ by a Florida school.
McKelvy continued: “The times are changing, and God’s delivered me with a brand new spirit and a head full of hair, and here it is. I want everyone to know that no matter what you go through, it’s not about what’s on the outside, it’s about what’s on the inside. And I feel, on the inside, I am more radiant and beautiful than I’ve ever been.”
You can watch McKelvy’s inspiring segment in the video below.
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