Former Today co-anchor Ann Curry‘s style includes a fondness for brightly colored clothing and a refusal to dye her grey hair. That style, it seems, didn’t sit too well with her bosses at NBC. In the August issue of Ladies’ Home Journal, Curry noted that wardrobe choices didn’t always draw a positive response.

Said Curry:

“One day I wore a multicolored dress and someone asked if I was trying to be Toucan Sam. But I chose it because I thought, This will perk up America. I’m encouraged by my bosses to wear these ridiculously high-heeled shoes because women say, ‘I love your shoes!’ So if it makes women happy, I’ll wear them. But I’m still going to be me… I’ve tried to wear clogs and flats on TV and it hasn’t gone well with my bosses.”

Curry also elaborated on another aspect of her appearance: her hair. Specifically, her refusal to dye it.

“I’ve decided not to buy into the idea that I want to stop aging. My wrinkles connect me to my family, to my ancestors and to my future. This is how my father looked when he was my age. I’ve got cellulite because it runs in my family. I’ve got gray hair because I won’t dye it. … But I don’t want to change the fundamental parts of me because it means changing who I am.”

To that point, she said she’ll “see how it goes,” adding that she didn’t know if it would be tolerated. “I know women who work on TV haven’t been allowed to go gray in the past,” she said.

Curry sat down for the interview prior to her departure from the show, which came at the end of June.


Ann Curry: NBC Didn’t Like My Colorful Clothes, Gray Hair

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