My guest today is Alyscia Cunningham. We are talking about her new film, "I Am More Thank My Hair". It seems like a simple statement, but it is powerful one. Our conversation is a deep look at what society thinks of as beautiful. We touch on the messages we receive in the media on what our hair should look like, and how it is intrinsically tied to our value.
Well, no more. Alysica's film, and her book by the same name, is a rebellion, and call to action, to love ourselves beyond what others think.
Alyscia is an entrepreneur, author, filmmaker and photographer who has contributed to the Smithsonian, National Geographic, Discovery Channel and AOL. After the success of her first book, "Feminine Transitions", a photography book encompassed with portraits of raw feminine beauty, Cunningham published her second photography book and documentary film, "I Am More Than My Hair". It includes interviews of women who've experienced hair loss due to a health-related condition and dives into the connection of their emotions in relation to the media's portrayal of beauty standards. Her upcoming project, "Seeing", is a documentary that includes stories of girls and women who are visually impaired.
Alyscia co-organized the Reel Moms partnership with WIFV, a supportive community for working Moms and Caregivers in the film and TV industry. She is also one of the FrontLine Voices for Stop the Beauty Madness. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Fox 5, ABC 7 and Proud2BMe.
Alyscia’s goal is to continue producing documentary films and photo books. With the completion and direction provided through the Horror/Psychological Thriller workshop with Sundance Collab Institute, Alyscia also plans to write and direct Horror films.
Find out more about Alysicia's work on here website at:
Find her on Instagram: @alysciacunningham
and on Facebook
and on Twitter at: @alyscia_c
You can also find Alyscia's book, I Am More Than My Hair on Amazon
To help support Alyscia, you can make a tax-deductible donation to fund her exhibition in March 2021.