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Joanna Rowsell: One small step that did so much…

Today’s post has been quite a challenge as I have had to battle with an overwhelming excitement. It gives me great pleasure each time I meet women willing to strut a bald look despite the circumstance, balding or not, and then when I find public figures doing it I tend to go ga-ga. Britney Spears did it and was called nuts, but for me, crazy or not, her actions were like a fuel to my fire. Then there was Demi Moore who got a skin cut for her role in the movie “G.I Jane”

Natalie Portman in “V for Vendetta”

Finally, I would be crazy to leave out Amber Rose the American model, artist, actress, and socialite.

Joanna Rowsell was recently added to my list of heroines when at the London 2012 Olympics, she removed her helmet to reveal her almost totally bald form, after coming in first place in the women’s Team Pursuit, but that’s not all. This brave 23 year old British cyclist chose to ascend the Olympic podium, watched by a worldwide audience of 17 million to collect her medal without her wig.

Unlike the previous celebrities mentioned, Joanna was diagnosed with Alopecia areata at the age of 10 and has suffered from it for the past 13 years. However, she has amazing perspective on the issue, and though she admits to having struggled with her appearance for years, she now confidently says, “There’s part of me that thinks: ‘I’m not ill; there’s nothing wrong with me.’ Most of the time I don’t think about it.” (Excerpt from The Daily Mail)…Amazing!

With her decision not to wear a wig while accepting her medal, commentators praised her courage, while her website was inundated with messages from fellow alopecia sufferers thanking her for making such a positive statement… Joanna said in an interview “One mum wrote to say her daughter had developed alopecia and was worrying so much about it, but that now she had seen me she felt more confident about the future.” (Excerpt from The Daily Mail)

Apparently Miss Rowsell never considered the magnitude behind the consequences of her action, but hey, that’s the power of spontaneity. I for one, am grateful she took the step, and like that little girl, I’m inspired to feel even more confident about the future.

Bald, Scanty haired, or with a full crop…. It’s all good! 😉


7 thoughts on “Joanna Rowsell: One small step that did so much…

  1. Major news outlets reported that on the morning of her race (August 4), Joanna heard that it was International Alopecia Day, and she thought that was pretty cool! I started International Alopecia Day a few years ago, and when I was preparing this years’ YouTube video of photos from all over the world, I contacted Joanna on Facebook and she agreed I could use her photo in the video! You can see the video here, and please join my International Alopecia Day Facebook Group and be part of it next year! Here’s the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiqLx85aFDk

      • Thanks! You can see me in the San Diego pictures in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 YouTube videos of International Alopecia Day. There’s an IAD Group on Alopecia World, and also the Facebook Group. Join either or both!

      • Sorry to hear you didn’t have a good experience on Alopecia World. I’ve been active there since 2009, and I’ve made many friends and always found it very welcoming. I have a page there with lots of my blogs, videos and photos. I’ve tried to share things that I think will help other women, and doing so has helped me. If you decide to give it another try sometime, be sure to look me up there. But, I’d love to have you be part of the Facebook group! ( 😉

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