A 17 year old woman who survived cancer has sent an inspiring message aimed at all women who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy.
Andrea Sierra Salazar, 17, tweeted a photo shoot taken after she lost her hair, with the caption “Cancer doesn’t stop me being a princess”.
Andrea, who lives in Texas, lost her hair due to chemotherapy after being diagnosed with stage 2 lymphoma. She learned she would have to miss two months of school to go through chemotherapy treatment. To keep her hopes up, her mother suggested she use the time off to fully invest herself in her modeling career.
Andrea had been doing modelling since she was 13 years old – but losing her hair knocked her confidence. She experimented with wigs, but it wasn’t the same.
“Before chemotherapy I had always been a confident person,” Salazar told Buzzfeed. “So when my hair started to fall out I would look in the mirror and I wouldn’t feel that confident about myself.” But after posing for photos without her wig she saw it could inspire girls everywhere. “I see all these little girls, and you can see it in their faces that they lose all confidence in themselves,” she added. “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.”
Image credit: Andrea Sierra Salazar