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This MP Called Out Body-Shaming In The House Of Commons And People Are About It

"They look pretty dope."

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On Wednesday, Caesar-Chavannes wore her hair in braids to the House of Commons and launched into a speech standing up for women with natural hair.

Twitter: @MPCelina

"This week I have my hair in braids, much like I’ve had for much of my childhood," she said.

"However, Mr. Speaker, it has come to my attention that there are young girls here in Canada and other parts of the world who are removed from school or shamed because of their hairstyle."

There have been numerous reports of girls and women targeted by their schools or workplaces for having natural hairstyles.

"Mr. Speaker, body-shaming of any woman in any form from the top of her head to the soles of her feet is wrong," Caesar-Chavannes told the House.

"Irrespective of her hairstyle, the size of her thighs, the size of her hips, the size of her baby bump, the size of her breasts, or the size of lips, what makes us different makes us unique and beautiful."

She then said she'd continue to rock her braids for three reasons, the first being "they look pretty dope."


She also said she was wearing them in solidarity "with young girls and women who look like me, and those who don’t."


"I want them to know their braids, their dreads, their super curly afro puffs, their weaves, their hijabs, and their headscarves and all other variety of hairstyles belong in schools, in the workplace, in the boardroom, and yes even here on Parliament Hill."

Honoured to rise in the #HOC today to speak on #bodyshaming. What makes us #unique, makes us #beautiful. #CdnPoli…

And people were all about it.

Many thanked.

@MPCelina Thank you for this ! Maybe today a woman can work without being interrupted about her 'unprofessional' hairstyle.

Keep rocking those braids.

@MPCelina Thank you for this ! Maybe today a woman can work without being interrupted about her 'unprofessional' hairstyle.

Lauren Strapagiel is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.

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