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9 Women Who Lost Their Hair But Gained Strength
by Angela Santoriello
The black-and-white photo of Mia Sidaros’ bold, dark eyes is stunning to say the least, especially since the 17-year-old California beauty is no longer alive.
As one of the nine brave women who posed for a Vogue.com report on female hair loss due to medically-related conditions, Sidaros shared a month before passing that “beauty to me was about fitting in. Now I want to stand out.” And she does, with her story speaking to the thousands of teenage girls who also suffer from Ewings Sarcoma, a blue-celled cancer tumor brought forth in bones or soft tissue.
Also posing for the photoshoot were alopecia sufferer Carly Severn and breast cancer victim Maggie Kudirka. Causing distinction at the hairline with “head-skimming hats” and “her skill with a brow pencil,” Vogue.com shared how Severn marks her decade long hair loss condition by love itself. “It’s also ten years with my husband,” she says. “As far as twin anniversaries go, that’s a pretty good one.”
Literally dancing through her diagnosed, deadly form of breast cancer, the Joffrey Ballet dancer shared how she is unsure of her future. “I never know if it’s my last time in the studio so I’m living each rehearsal to the fullest,” says Kudirka, confessing that before her new, synthetic golden tresses, covering her bare head with scarves and hats still left her feeling less like herself. “This blonde wig is a new look for me—but once I had it on, I loved it.”
Embracing their medically induced hair loss, Kate Ambrosi, Suleika Jaouad and Phoebe de Croisset looked at the brighter side of hair loss’ darkness. While Ambrosi absolutely loved her long, blonde wig and Suleika is considering keeping her hair short after three rounds of chemotherapy, de Croisset says it’s not as much about hair as it is about skin. “Femininity means something different to me now. It’s about being comfortable in your own skin.”
Vogue.com also featured Valisia LeKae, a Broadway actress and singer who saw hair as her “crown and glory,” especially since her family was filled with hairdressers. Taking her hair loss to another level, LeKae made a bold statement by walking the Grammy red carpet bald. “I wanted that girl who was afraid to be her authentic self to say, ‘If she can walk the red carpet with her bald head, then I can embrace who I am right now,’” she says.
Sharing the same sentiments on how “what makes you feel beautiful isn’t something that other people define for you,” Elly Mayday, who survived ovarian cancer, smiled for the camera wearing a cool, contemporary cut wig. During the early stages of her hair loss, she dyed her hair teal, and then shaved it off—although “wearing a brunette wig with bangs was a new experience for me!”
As a filmmaker, Rachel Fleit thinks a bald head symbolizes freedom. “The irony is, no one told me I was beautiful when I wore a wig,” she says. “Now, someone tells me I’m beautiful every day.”
It is these nine women noted that prove beauty is in life itself, not in the appearance thereof.
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