She Was Severely Bullied For Her Condition As A Teenager, Now She's All Grown Up And A Successful Model


September 19, 2018 17:49 By Fabiosa

Alopecia is a very difficult condition to live with, especially for women. It's an autoimmune disease that attacks hair follicles and causes severe hair loss.

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There is currently no cure for this condition, and people with it have to embrace their receding hair.

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Typically, alopecia appears in people over 30, but it can also target much younger patients. Now, you can imagine how difficult it is to deal with hair loss as an adult, but it's so much harder for a teenager. One woman shared her experience with alopecia when she was a young girl, and it's heartbreaking.

She was bullied for being bald

Brenda Finn was only 14 years old when she started rapidly losing her hair. She was diagnosed with alopecia, and had to adjust to her new condition.

It only took couple of weeks before Brenda's hair was completely gone. She started wearing a wig in order to hide it from people, but other students found out, and they weren't very kind about it.

Brenda told

I was bullied at school for being bald – having my wig pulled off and flushed down the toilet.

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Teenager was so ostracized, that she had to beg her parents to get her out of school. Fortunately, they listened and allowed Brenda to be homeschooled.

Although the bullying stopped, Finn still felt alienated and alone, until something amazing happened...

Now, she's a successful model!

One day, Brenda saw a casting call on Twitter for diverse models to participate in an unusual show. She got curious and responded.

To Finn's surprise, she was selected by media personality Katie Piper, and took part in UK’s first-ever diversity catwalk at the Ideal Home Show, titled Confidence – The Secret.

Now, Brenda is a working model and an advocate for alopecia:

I never thought that I would go from being a complete recluse to being so open about my hair loss, working with it on such a scale. I live by the affirmation 'We were born to be real, not to be perfect'.

This beautiful woman is a true inspiration and an example of strong spirit. We wish her all the best!

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