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Alopecia advocate praises Will Smith’s Oscar slap for ‘strength’

Will Smith just defended his wife Jada Pinkett Smith on Sunday night oscars Ceremony, but for some who have the same health condition, they also felt protected.

According to presenter Chris Rock made a joke via Pinkett Smith’s Bald Hairstyle — a result of the “Gotham” star’s condition, alopecia — Smith tied him up on stage.

“Ex on the Beach” contestant Zara Lena Jacksonwho also suffers from hair loss and has been campaigning for her on social media, stands by Smith, 53, and his actions at the Dolby Theatre.

ZaraLena Jackson, who also suffers from the hair loss disease alopecia, cheers on Will Smith and thanks him for defending his wife.
ZaraLena Jackson, who also suffers from the hair loss disease alopecia, cheers on Will Smith and thanks him for defending his wife.
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The 29-year-old reality star told SWNS that Rock, 57, “should have known better” while she doesn’t advocate violence.

“I think it’s inappropriate to joke about someone with alopecia because it’s a condition that severely affects that person’s mental health and it’s no laughing matter,” she said.

Jackson continued, “To be clear I do not condone violence but he defending Jada showed strength in my eyes and it was very comforting to see a man stand by his wife when she has alopecia.”

Will Smith appears to smack Chris Rock onstage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California.
Will Smith beats Chris Rock onstage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood.
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alopecia is an autoimmune disease that causes hair to fall out in clumps. While the extent of hair loss varies for everyone, some sufferers only lose strands in a few places. Hair sometimes grows back in the bald spots.

She made her debut on the MTV reality show in 2017 and has been candid about her alopecia journey.

former "ex on the beach" Candidate ZaraLena Jackson
Former Ex on the Beach contestant ZaraLena Jackson
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“Being a comedian is very tongue-in-cheek and we all don’t like it when jokes are aimed at us, regardless of the subject, but obviously he should have anticipated that reaction and known better,” she added of Rock’s actions.

The influencer first started losing parts of her blonde hair in 2020 and then lost strands in her eyebrows and eyelashes. She soon became completely bald.

She then admitted she had been bullied and bullied about her condition and hoped a partner would champion her like the ‘King Richard’ star had done at the Oscars.

Jackson reiterated, “I’ve had friends and family joke about letting your hair down or ask to borrow a razor or shampoo, which I just laugh at because I know they don’t mean it and it.” can be funny to see her think about the comment without panicking.”

Jackson said she also heard jokes about GI Jane.
Jackson said she also heard jokes about GI Jane.
ZaraLena Jackson / SWNS

rock referred to Pinkett Smith, 50, as “GI Jane,” and Jackson revealed people called her that, too.

She explained: “A couple referred me with the GI Jane comment. I think GI Jane looks crazy so I wasn’t offended.”

The influencer first began shedding patches of her blonde hair in 2020, and then lost strands in her eyebrows and lashes. She soon became completely bald.
The influencer first began shedding patches of her blonde hair in 2020, and then lost strands in her eyebrows and lashes. She soon became completely bald.
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Her mother had actually “walked in” on Jackson’s dressing room one day and she wasn’t wearing her wig. The model recalls her mother saying, “Oh wow Zara, you look like a GI Jane babe!”

She also often engages in snide comments like others that suggest she’s not “natural” anymore.

“I’ve always loved the idea of ​​natural beauty, and I’m not saying no hair isn’t beautiful, but now I wear wigs and set eyebrows to look ‘normal’ or ‘natural,'” she said.

“If alopecia were viewed as a medical condition and not a cosmetic, one would not lightly joke about the subject,” Jackson argued.

She added, “Everyone seems to be making a fuss about the importance of mental health when a life is lost, yet will not make changes to prevent or support the original cause.”

https://nypost.com/2022/03/28/alopecia-advocate-praises-will-smiths-oscars-slap-for-strength/ Alopecia advocate praises Will Smith’s Oscar slap for ‘strength’

Dais Johnston

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