Sports Illustrated model with alopecia pulls off her wig on the runway

We weren't born believing hair makes you pretty, but society has lead us to believe that.

In an empowering move, she took off her wig on the runway.

"Taking my wig off in front of hundreds of people will be a moment I tell my kids about someday!” she told Sports Illustrated. “I was so nervous backstage leading up to the moment, but knew in my heart I had to do it. I had to do it for myself, for all the tears I've cried about this condition, for all the girls and women out there who want to rip off their wigs but are too afraid to.”

“I truly believe we need to educate the next generation that beauty comes from who you are, not from what you look like,” Valdiserri said in SI’s post. “Associating hair with beauty was taught to us. We weren't born believing hair makes you pretty, but society has lead us to believe that. So I plan to let my personality and my positive nature shine through regardless of if I ever have hair on my head again.”

SOURCE: USA Today. You can read the full article here.

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Comment by Duke on February 10, 2020 at 2:18am

That's ONE BEAUTIFUL WOMAN!!!!!    I lost ALL my hair 7 years ago. It has been a challenge to feel confident about my physical identity, ever since. Thank-you, Valdiserri, for helping me to feel better as a result of your courageous example.   Sincerely,  Duke AU from California.

Comment by pablonitro on March 20, 2020 at 9:38am

Awesome 

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