Alopecia refers to hair loss that occurs as a result of a persons immune system mistakenly attacking hair follicles, causing hair to fall out. Therese Hansson from Malmo, Sweden, discovered that she had the condition aged just 14 and was understandably a little freaked out.

Eventually though, with the support and encouragement of her best friends, she began to embrace her bald head and let her beauty shine through. “The first time in the streets was amazing,” she told us. “I felt relieved and proud of myself. I actually didn’t do it alone. I was with a friend who also had her first time going out bald. We met at a community that is like Facebook for people with alopecia called alopecia world. We chatted and decided to meet in a town where we knew no one and do it together.”

This is Therese Hansson from Malmo, Sweden

She has Alopecia, an immune condition that causes hair loss

Finding out about the condition aged just 14, she struggled to come to terms with it at first

“I kept it a big secret and I was super sensitive if anyone asked me something about my hair. I was very good at hiding it,” she told Bored Panda

Eventually though, with the support and encouragement of her best friends, she began to embrace her bald head and let her beauty shine through

“I realized bald is beautiful and could be a new thing for me to stop hiding”

“The first time in the streets was amazing. I felt relieved and proud of myself”

The decision to drop the wig has been liberating personally, as well as professionally

Now 26, Theresa is a model and she hopes to encourage others with alopecia to have the confidence to be themselves

“Don’t hide. It will only make you feel worse. You will feel so relieved if you can just be yourself”

“Anyone that can’t accept it is not someone you need in your life anyway.”

Like us, the internet thinks she looks just beautiful

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