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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Political Cost of Hair

By Vanessa Friedman

11 Oct 2019 · 4 min read

Hair has once again caused a political tempest in a blow dryer.

This week, the Washington Times published a story saying that Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had spent $80 on a haircut and $180 on color at a Washington, D.C. salon, a styling choice the newspaper presented as hypocritical, given she “regularly rails against the rich and complains about the cost of living inside the Beltway.”

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