Yesterday we share a post on Instagram featuring award-winning journalist and news anchor Lena Pringle and our supporters loved it.
In the post, Lena said “Shoutout to the people who told me I wouldn’t be able to get/keep a broadcast news job with a short natural haircut. Jokes on you, huh? 💁🏾♀️”
This is the post we did:
And this is the original Instagram post we reshared:
As you can imagine, the emotion that Lena evoked in us when we first saw her post on her Instagram, was pretty much the same in our comment section.
Most of you congratulated her, making comments about how beautiful she looked and touching on some of the natural hair issues that most of us tend to face professionally.
ellisrashunda – it’s sad that is black women always have to consider our natural hair when applying for certain positions. We’re the only race that has issues that shouldn’t be an issue
terrinaisawayoflife – You do it sis!!!👌🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾🙏🏾🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
duval_nessa – Yesss that’s my news for Jax Sis 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾
mususkallerud – Wow girl you looking beautiful 👌👌🤩
Lena also posted her pictures to Twitter and the response to her post went viral almost immediately.
Shoutout to the people who told me I wouldn’t be able to get/keep a broadcast news job with a short natural haircut. Jokes on you, huh? 💁🏾♀️ pic.twitter.com/2SwcmnQY7A
— Lena Pringle (@lenapringle_) September 9, 2020
Twitter user Jason Frazer:
This is wonderful. Shout out to your ND for letting you rock this. I wish more TV stations in Jacksonville and across this country would let women do this. I won’t call any TV station out but its time to eliminate those outdated views of what a broadcaster should “look like.”
— Jason Frazer (@JasonFrazerTV) September 12, 2020
Twitter user Black Pearl:
And looking very beautiful and regal might l add!
Our natural hair and natural hairstyles always look best but somehow we have been conditioned to believe it’s inferior, ugly or ” unprofessional “.
Much success sis!
— Black Pearl (@Afrosheik) September 10, 2020
According to TODAY Style:
Pringle, 27, has sported a short, natural hairstyle since 2018, but this is the shortest she has ever gone. She decided to try out the chic style to boost her mood.
“I have just kind of been in a mental slump lately and have been really trying to work to keep my spirits up, and I’m a true believer of when you look good, you feel good,” Pringle told TODAY Style, adding that she snapped the photos of her new look during a quick commercial break on Wednesday.
Many fans praised Pringle on social media for wearing her natural hair in an industry that often discourages Black women on the air from wearing their natural, curly hair or other traditional African American styles, like braids.
“We have breaking news just in. You are slaying it,” one fan commented on Pringle’s Twitter post. “Much support to you.”
“I can’t imagine why anyone would think you are anything but gorgeous. You can broadcast the news regardless of hairstyle!” another person wrote. “I hope more come to honestly recognize that.”
“As a black man and a news producer… this is major and amazing to see!” another Twitter user chimed in.
Pringle says she never faced any opposition from her current employer for wearing her natural hair on TV, and in fact, she has worn a natural style on the air since she started working for the Jacksonville station last year.
For Pringle, wearing her natural hair was “nonnegotiable” when she was hired. At her previous station, she began by wearing a relaxed pixie cut, then got permission from her news director to switch to a natural style.
And after she made that change, she told TODAY, “I knew that … moving forward, it was never going to be something that I negotiated.”
Pringle has shared plenty of Instagram photos of her stylish cut in the newsroom.
After the response to her tweet and Instagram post, Lena took to Twitter and thanked everyone for their kind words.
Thank you ALL so much! I can’t express how much this support means to me. 🙌🏾🙏🏾💛 y’all are AMAZING and made my week. Thank you thank you thank you for the kind, supportive, genuine, beautiful comments. I appreciate each and every one of you! 🥺
— Lena Pringle (@lenapringle_) September 10, 2020
In a DM with Emilycottontop, she said:
I just truly can’t believe it. To go viral for doing nothing more than just being me. Truly a blessing I will never forget.
congrats sis! Well deserved!