Thank you Emmy for taking the time to submit your story and allowing us to use it to Inspire our audience and to show our baldies that they are not alone.
Why are you a Baldie?
I have had Alopecia Universalis since i was 2 years old
What challenges have you faced as a bald woman?
Whenever I am in public i face the stares, questions and assumptions from strangers
How did you overcome the insecurities of being bald?
When I was younger I would be around my girl friends who have hair and anytime we would get ourselves together and dress up they would do their hair. This never bothered me, but I wanted to have something of my own to turn to and be passionate about so that when I got dressed up I would also have a sorce of beauty products to use too. Therefore, with that being said I was drawn to Makeup and I have always worn a pink bandana on my head so that has always been my signature way of beauty in myself. Makeup has become a passion for me and from expirence, I get less questions and stares on my bald head and I get them all toward my Makeup techniques. This has really helped me overcome the insecurities by taking the focus off of my head and focusing on what makes me feel comfortable, which is when I put on my makeup. Now don't get me wrong, I love being bald because it defines who I am. When I was very young, I probably would tell you that I wish I was like other girls with beautiful long hair, but today I will tell you that I would rather live the rest of my life bald even if there was a cure for my alopecia. This is the result of living with this for almost my entire life. I have expirenced so many things in my life becuase of my alopecia and want to continue to have these expirences and opportunities to inspire others to believe in themselves and to be the real you. Also being negative and always down about yourself is never the answer so instead of feel excluded and making other people unconfortable when they speak of even the subject of hair, I make it absolutely clear that I love myself for who I am and that I can even joke and laugh about not having hair. Making my friends and even strangers laugh, in a good way, and enjoy my passion for being bald really boost my self esteem and makes me who I am. I love being able to say "my hair is such a mess today" and have a laugh with my friends because they know I am joking and this is what makes me such a happy person. Being able to joke and laugh with people is what makes me even more confident and it makes them more comfortable and attracted to me. Today I continue to have my passion with makeup and I love working with people so I want to become a perfessional makeup artist in my future and to continue my interest in beauty I am taking a Cosmetology class at my high school so that I can get expirence with hair for my future with my passion for beauty.
What words of encouragement would you share with someone who isn't confident with their baldness?
Be courageous and be bold, step out of your comfort zone and find an achor to attach to that you are passionate with and make that your main focus in life, not wasting energy worrying about what others think becuase you control how you play out your life not anyone else. Bald is Being Bold
My Bald is... Alopecia Universalis