In the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, 18-year-old Emma González has emerged as the face of the #NeverAgain movement. Leading her fellow teenagers in demanding gun reform, González has become a recognizable icon, as she, her peers, and likeminded people across the county tell politicians that the time is over for only "thoughts and prayers." In advance of the town hall that Marco Rubio held on Wednesday, González took to Twitter to show part of her debate prep: getting herself ready with a fresh buzzcut.
"When you got work to do but your hair's gettin too long #StonemanStrong #BaldiesGetTheJobDone #MarchForOurLives," González captioned the video, which shows her shaving her head while The Beatles' "Lovely Rita" plays. For people who draw strength from owning the way they look, whether that's with red lipstick or a freshly-shorn head, the ritual probably feels familiar. And given the thoroughly powerful message that González delivered Wednesday night, it's clear she's ready for battle.
The circumstances are different each time, but shaved heads have a background in empowerment. As Millie Bobbie Brown wrote about her Stranger Things buzzcut, "The day I shaved my head was the most empowering moment of my whole life. The last strand of hair cut off was the moment my whole face was on show and I couldn’t hide behind my hair like I used to. The only image I had in my head about what I could possibly look like is Charlize Theron in Madmax."
The warrior streak continues.
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