Magazine November 15, 2021, Issue

A Free Spirit

Masih Alinejad in Miami, October 2021 (Jay Nordlinger)
Masih Alinejad, an Iranian-American journalist and target


‘The first thing you have to know about her is that she had wonderful hair — and she cared a lot about it.” I once heard Paul Johnson, the British historian and journalist, say this about Margaret Thatcher. He knew her well. He was tongue-in-cheek when he said “first thing.” Obviously, there were more important things to know about Thatcher. Still, Johnson had a point about the lady’s hair.

Sitting down with Masih Alinejad, I ask her, almost immediately, about her hair. It is wild, woolly, plenteous, and wonderful. This is not merely a matter of style: Hair, for Alinejad, and

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