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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

I Am More Than My Hair by Alyscia Cunningham - Book Tour - Book Trailer - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Alyscia Cunningham and her new book, “I Am More Than My Hair”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a limited edition 2019 calendar!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Alyscia and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Please note that this giveaway is only available to US residents.  Sorry INTL – please check out other giveaways on this blog.

I Am More Than My Hair
by Alyscia Cunningham


GENRE: Women's Issues; Photography



From the time we are young, girls are pressured into a set belief of beauty standards. Hair is certainly high on the list and is often labeled as our "crown and glory." Where does this notion fit for a girl with alopecia (the partial or complete absence of hair from areas of the body where it normally grows; baldness)? This new coffee table book should bring light to the issue.

I Am More Than My Hair: My Outward Appearance Does Not Define Me, is a two-part project, documentary film and coffee table book. The newly published book features 138 portraits of 46 women and the stories of their experience with hair loss, as well as women who cut their hair in solidarity of a loved one.



Debbie, 31

My friends and family supported me

On May 24, 2011, I discovered a large mass in my left breast while I was doing my self-check. Later that day, I went to the National Cancer Prevention Institute in Lagos for a breast screening. A nurse screened both my breasts and my cervix and referred me for sonography, which was done at a local scanning center. On June 3, 2011, I had a Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology procedure at Me Cure Health Care Limited to diagnose my condition. I was told that the breast lump was benign and that the left auxiliary lymph node was negative for malignant cells. On June 11, 2011, I had my first lumpectomy at a local medical center.

Barely four months later, I discovered another lump slightly above the previous operation site and had surgery at the same hospital. But this time, I insisted on further medical investigation to know why the cancer recurred. That’s when I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma. By April 2012, I was diagnosed with Stage IV carcinoma.

I had withheld the news from my dad because he was hospitalized for paralysis, but with the latest diagnosis, I couldn’t hold the news any longer. I told my dad about it on July 31, 2012 hoping he had gained enough strength to handle the news but, unfortunately for me, he passed on to glory the following day, which was my birthday, August 1, 2012.

My friends and family supported me and, before I knew what was happening, all my friends joined a campaign for me on Twitter tagged “walk against cancer, #savedebbie.” I got the exact amount of money I needed for my treatment in the United States ($55,000), but I had to start chemotherapy right away in Nigeria.

I arrived in the United States in October 2012 and started treatment at Howard University Hospital. I had chemotherapy for 10 months followed by a bilateral mastectomy in October 2013. To the glory of God, I survived Stage IV breast cancer, but I am still fighting bone and liver cancer.

Rest in peace, Debbie: August 1, 1984 – April 1, 2016.



Alyscia also invites you to view her video introductions to Feminine Transitions.

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Alyscia also invites you to view her video introductions to I Am More Than My Hair.

I Am More Than My Hair - Trailer from Alyscia Cunningham on Vimeo.

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Five Reasons You Should Read My Book

1.)  I Am More Than My Hair is a book with collection of personal stories of 46 females who experienced hair loss. I learned something new through each person I met. I guarantee you will as well.

2.)  Although the subject is focused around hair loss, it's deeper than that. As you read each essay, you'll relate to one, if not several stories.

3.)  You'll gain a better understanding of alopecia (the partial or complete absence of hair from areas of the body where it normally grows; baldness) and the reasons why a woman may experience it. Baldness doesn't always represent a cancer diagnosis. It can be but it's not always the case.

4.)  It's an empowering read whether you've experienced hair loss or not. We're more than our outward appearance.

5.)  You support a female author. How powerful is that!



Alyscia Cunningham is an entrepreneur, author, filmmaker and photographer who has contributed to the Smithsonian, National Geographic, Discovery Channel and AOL. In September 2013 Alyscia self-published Feminine Transitions, a photography book encompassed with portraits of raw feminine beauty. Her recently published photography book and upcoming documentary film, I Am More Than My Hair, features 138 portraits of 46 females and the stories of their experience with hair loss as well as females who cut their hair in solidarity of a loved one. Alyscia creates these, and future projects, with the consideration of art for social-change.

Alyscia specializes in promoting our natural beauty because she believes the media does a good job of focusing on our insecurities by bombarding us with ads proclaiming that their appearance without enhancements is inadequate or faulty. Her portraits are unaltered by Photoshop and reveal women as they are naturally, without the façade they put on for others.

Her work has been featured on Fox5 News, The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, APlus, and Proud2BMe. To learn more about Alyscia and her work, visit Alyscia.com.






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I Am More Than My Hair book is now available on Amazon and at these retailers: Bluestockings Bookstore (New York, NY) BookWoman (Austin, TX) East City Bookshop (Washington, DC) Politics and Prose (Washington, DC) Sandy Spring Museum (Ashton, MD) Vroman's Bookstores (Pasadena, CA) Women's Museum of California (San Diego, CA).



Alyscia will be awarding a limited edition 2019 calendar for "I Am More Than My Hair" (US only) to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.


  1. Alyscia ~ Hi! Welcome! It is an honor to have you here! I think it's wonderful what you're doing! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

    1. Hi Ally, thank you for your kind words. I appreciate you hosting my book tour. All the best to you