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New York mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio's son, Dante, and his Afro have generated a great deal of attention and media coverage. Here is a look at some other natural-hair superstars in politics.
Robinson is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly.
A former majority floor leader for the California State Assembly, Democratic Rep. Bass was elected to Congress in 2010.
Davis is likely as well known for her political activism as for her sizable Afro, which emerged as an iconic cultural and fashion image of the 1960s.
Hassell-Thompson is a Democratic member of the New York State Senate.
In 2006 Rep. Edwards (D-Md.) defeated longtime Democratic incumbent Rep. Al Wynn to become the first black woman to represent Maryland in Congress.
Kitchen is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate.
A physician and a native of New Jersey, Democrat Christian-Christensen was elected to the House of Representatives as the delegate for the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1996. (As a delegate, Christian-Christensen has representative but nonvoting power.)
Washington is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate.
Democrat Hester is a member of the Virginia House of Delegates.
Wisconsin state Sen. Taylor, a Democrat, has worn her hair natural during her political career.
Franklin became the first female mayor of Atlanta in 2002, as well as the first black female mayor of a major Southern city.
Wisconsin Democratic state Sen. Harris has been spotted on the campaign trail rocking a natural style.
During her tenure as chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the late 1970s, Norton sported a sizable Afro. Today the delegate elected to represent the District of Columbia in Congress in 1990 wears her hair in a more close-cropped natural style.