For most women, the thought of a bad hair day is enough to ruin your mood. However, there are plenty of people out there who don’t even have the luxury of a bad hair day — since they don’t have hair at all.
Therese Hansson is one of many women who suffer from alopecia, a condition that causes people to prematurely lose their hair.
While losing 50 to 100 strands of hair a day is normal, according to the Mayo Clinic, alopecia takes things a step further. New hair doesn’t grow in at the same time. Instead, alopecia patients are often left bald, with little hope of regrowth.
The damage caused by alopecia is mostly emotional, as one can imagine. Having to do something like pose for photos after recently going bald takes a lot of courage.
One such Swedish woman recently decided “I don’t need to hide it anymore,” and she just so happened to be rewarded with a modeling contract afterward.
[H/T: Daily Mail]
Therese Hansson, now 26, first noticed her hair loss as a teenager.
A little too much hair fell out of her ponytail, and the shedding continued from there.
Being so young, Therese didn’t fully understand cancer treatment. She was terrified that her hair loss was due to cancer.
In that respect, she was lucky to learn she had alopecia.
For years, only Therese’s close friends and family knew about her condition.
Losing all of your hair can be pretty traumatizing at any age, but especially so as a teenager.
Therese used wigs for many years, as most alopecia patients do.
If you didn’t know any better, Therese looks like any beautiful girl with a full head of hair.
But today, Therese finally feels like she can embrace her natural look. She says:
Now I feel like I can be myself and that I don’t need to hide it anymore. Going out in public with my alopecia is something that I regret not doing earlier but I guess I just wasn’t ready before.
Amazingly, it is Therese’s unique look that landed her a modeling contract.
GC Management, who claim they embrace “individuality and diversity,” recently took notice of her bold look and signed her immediately.
It’s hard to imagine that anyone as beautiful as Therese could ever not feel absolutely gorgeous, but it just goes to show that everyone tends to be their own harshest critic.
Now Therese says she wishes she had shed her wigs sooner — and would encourage anyone going through what she went through to embrace their natural look.
While Therese was worried about whether other people would accept her differences, she now says, “Anyone that won’t accept it is not someone you need in your life anyway.”
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