“For a very long time, I hid my alopecia areata. It was my shameful secret, and the fewer people aware of it, the better I felt. Except, I wasn't feeling that good. Alopecia had taken too much of a negative place in my life. I felt different from other women. I told myself that people were going to find me ugly or that they would love me less, because of this partial absence of hair. I was setting up a lot of stratagems to hide it. Then, I realized that I was not the only one carrying such a secret. And I wanted that to change, I wanted women to stop living with this taboo of hair loss. That's why I started @hellopecia on instagram, and today, I live more freely with my alopecia. I manage to embrace it, I now manage to find myself beautiful with it. My shameful secret has become my strength, and if I can inject a little of that strength into other people by showing myself as I am on social media, it's a great pride. I have no doubt that having access to more images of women losing their hair would have helped me when I was younger. We all need to see people who look like us, to identify ourselves, to feel represented. Especially as a teen, you really realize your body and its differences. I wouldn't have been ashamed of losing my hair if I had seen other women whom it happened to on TV, in magazines, or in commercials.
If society told me, "It's OK, you're not weird." To make us invisible, silence, this is violence: it means that we do not deserve to exist. That we don't quite match the beauty standards set by society. I can't wait to prove them wrong and take the place we deserve in order to change consciousness. Inclusive and truly diverse representations that would redefine the "normality" that means nothing. Can't wait to be there, and that these kind of projects no longer needs to exist to make us visible, because we will have our place everywhere! "