Timbuk 3 once asked the question “Hairstyles and attitudes, how are they connected?” and of course we know that so much about how we present ourselves to the world can make us feel a certain way ourselves.
In this inspiring clip from the Rachael Ray show, we get to see a woman receive a remarkable makeover that changes her entire self image as well. You are not going to believe the transformation, but you are going to love it when we see it.
Rachael had a very special guest on recently. Charity is the hardworking mother of four crazy boys, and at just four feet eleven inches tall, she often feels like people think of her as a kid.
Add to that, she has extremely long hair. Many people commented positively about it, but she felt that it was holding her back.
But once Rachael and guest Chrissy Teigen get done with her, she is a whole new woman. The transformation is stunning, which only goes to show how much we internalize our own external image.
This reminded us of a similar story of a young woman reclaiming her power and confidence through the use of fashion.
Seventeen year old Andrea Sierra Salazar was diagnosed with cancer when her mother took her to the hospital to have a lump on her neck examined.
Andrea says “There were no side effects, I wouldn’t have known [I had cancer] until one day I felt like I slept wrong, and my neck hurt. I patted my neck and I felt a really big ball.”
Her doctors discovered that she had two tumors, one on her neck and one in her chest, and subsequently diagnosed her with stage two lymphoma.
The treatment process would be long and arduous, and required her to take a leave of absence from school. To lift her spirits and give her something to do, her mother suggested that Andrea do some modeling.
“Before chemotherapy I had always been a confident person,” she says, “so when my hair started to fall out I would look in the mirror and I wouldn’t feel that confident about myself.”
Andrea had done some modeling since she was thirteen years old, but when she lost her hair due to her chemo treatments, she suffered a bout of low confidence. At first she tried to work with wigs, but it did not really seem right. So she embraced her condition.
As it turns out, getting in front of the camera was just what she needed, both to regain her confidence, and become an inspiration to young women suffering from cancer everywhere.
She went to a few sessions with a number of photographers, and then as is so common with the best art, magic happened. Gerardo Garmendia took a series of photographs of her without a wig on, and she looks radiant.
After the shoot, Andrea took to social media, tweeting the spectacular image of her in a gorgeous blue dress in a fantasy sitting room. The caption on the picture reads “Cancer doesn’t stop me being a princess.”
Since posting it, over one hundred thousand people have retweeted it and she is becoming a supermodel for courage and strength.
Speaking about the whole experience Ms. Salazar says “[At first] I didn’t feel confident enough to do a version without a wig, but then I realised that I had no reason to be ashamed of the way I looked, I should be proud. It’s not only about my outside beauty, it’s about the inside. That’s what really inspired the photoshoot without the wig. I see all these little girls, and you can see it in their faces that they lose all confidence in themselves. I want them to know that your hair or your physical attributes doesn’t define who you are – what really matters is your inner beauty, the way you treat others, and if you’re a kind person, that shows through.”
Have you ever made a dramatic change in your appearance? Did it help you feel better and more powerful? Share your stories here.