Marian McPherson- All my life, I've believed that physical attributes (including hair) didn't determine beauty. But, it was hard to apply that concept to myself.
Why are you BALD? Initially, I went bald because I simply didn't like having hair, so I decided to cut it off. But since then, I've kept my bald head because it's a symbol of the freedom and boldness that I feel within myself, and my refusal to conform to others ideas of beauty. If I believe I'm beautiful, that's all I need.
When did you realize that Hair didn't determine your beauty? All my life, I've believed that physical attributes (including hair) don't determine beauty. But, it was hard to apply that concept to myself. When I was younger, I would watch America's Next Model, and Tyra would choose one model to go bald, and I always thought they were the most beautiful. I wanted to shave my hair when I was 15, but I simply didn't have the confidence. But by the time I was 19, I was just tired of being so concerned about what others thought and I decided to shave it off. As I looked in the mirror, it was like I saw myself for the first time. It was in that moment that I knew my hair, or anything else for that matter, didn't determine my beauty. My spirit, my personality and my confidence is what determines beauty.
What words of encouragement would you share with someone who isn't confident with themselves as you are? Focus on loving and accepting yourself, and do whatever it takes to make that happen. If you have to get off social media for a while, do that. If you have to remove yourself from people who are consistently trying to break your confidence with negativity, do that. Remember that it's something that doesn't happen overnight, and in fact it's something that I'm still working on. At the end of the day, it's all about how YOU feel about YOURSELF!
Amy Marie Mahler - Repeat daily while looking in a mirror: "I am beautiful, just the way I am. I have a beautiful bald head.
Why are you Bald? This is as plain and simple as it really is. Here's my reason for going bald: I shaved my head for me. I was in Switzerland, 2010. I went to sleep on a Monday night thinking "What if I don't wake up tomorrow, or the next day? I will have never shaved my head." So I shaved my head the next day. And I've been shaving my head ever since.
When did you realize that Hair didn't determine your beauty? I have always been very self-confident and had high self-esteem. At a very young age, I wanted to donate my hair, for the first time, to an organization that would make wigs for kids who had the less-fortune of not being able to have their own hair. I went on to donate my hair 3 more times. I always knew my hair could grow back, no matter how short it was. I just wanted to make the other kids smile because they could finally have hair. And I knew it was important to them, but I wasn't really fazed with having to have long hair because I was a girl. My story about why I shaved my head is simple, and even I thought it would just be because I wanted to. But as the years have continued, I have realized JUST how important it is that I shave my head: to empower other women around me to BE WHO THEY REALLY are despite the societal standards placed on women (and men) about hair. I very rarely wear makeup -I honestly can't remember the last time I wore make up; I let my beautiful features speak for themselves and accentuate them with earrings and necklaces.
What words of encouragement would you share with someone who isn't confident with themselves as you are? There is no right or wrong way to live your life or wear your hair. Be who you are. Dig deep within your soul and your being to really find your truth. Repeat daily while looking in a mirror: "I am beautiful, just the way I am. I have a beautiful bald head. I have beautiful eyes, I have a beautiful jaw line. I am a beautiful soul of this Earth." And remember, it's all in how you hold yourself. Own it; own your look.
And something that always helps me on days when I question my baldness was something my mother told me a few years ago: "I love the way you do what you want. Like shaving your head, you just don't care what others think." -Mom
Alexis Acire - I decided to become bald when I decided to value myself rather than everything and everyone else in my life.
Congratulations to our New Bald Beauty of the Week 4/12/2015-4/18/2015 Ms. Alexis Acire
Why are you BALD? I decided to become bald when I decided to value myself rather than everything and everyone else in my life. After having experienced a horrible situation being sexually assaulted by an ex-boyfriend in college, I realized that I needed to re-evaluate my perspective on life and who I wanted to become. I realized that I was giving myself to things and to people without having loved myself first. I had no personal value because I had given it all away. Shaving my head was the first step in taking control of my actions and placing value on myself. I took a horrible situation and turned it into a learning experience. I was able to deal with the unpacked baggage and dead weight I carried around with me, but letting go of everything that did not make me, ME.
When did you realize that Hair didn't determine your beauty? I realized that hair didn't define or determine my beauty the moment after I accepted myself for the things I had done, struggles and situations I had gone through and decisions I had made. My beauty was determined by the value and love I have for myself, rather than the value others placed on me, or took from me. Beauty starts from within. When you are secure and love yourself there is nothing that can be taken from you.
What words of encouragement would you share with someone who isn't confident with themselves as you are?The words of encouragement I would share with someone who isn't confident or as confident with themselves is "Love who you are, and not what you have".
Sydney Olson - Hair doesn't determine who we are, and it's hard to realize that when you have it taken away.
Congratulation Sydney Olsen, You are our BALD Beauty of the week 4/5/2015 -4/11/2015.
Be inspired by her story below.
I am bald due to a condition called Alopecia Areata Universalis. I've had alopecia since I was in grade school, and then began to lose my hair again once I started college,and now I've been completely hair less for the past 2 years.
When did you realize that Hair didn't determine your beauty?
I realized that hair isn't what defined me after a wig lady told me I couldn't be a lady without hair.
I also realized it after my college boyfriend and I broke up because of it. Hair doesn't determine
who we are, and it's hard to realize that when you have it taken away. So to cope with losing
my hair I decided to write my story down into a fictionalized one and it ended up getting published.
So with having a book published, going through the ups and downs of life with alopecia,
winning the SLWA Phenomenal Bald Beauty pageant, accepting myself, and helping others
with their alopecia is when I realized I was beautiful.
What words of encouragement would you share with someone who isn't confident with themselves as you are?
Pretty is superficial and nice but beauty is what changes the world. Beauty is in one's soul and actions, not in one's physical appearance. You have to accept yourself as you are before anyone else will accept you, and always know you're beautiful, have hope, and know that you aren't alone.