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I Am More Than My Hair
The Living Now Book Awards awarded Cunningham for her new book powerfully titled I Am More Than My Hair: My Outward Appearance Does Not Define Me.
"I am not my hair, I am not this skin, I am not your expectations, I am the soul that lives within." India Arie
From the time we are young, girls are pressured into a set belief of beauty standards. Hair is certainly high on the list and is often labeled as our "crown and glory." Where does this notion fit for a girl with alopecia (the partial or complete absence of hair from areas of the body where it normally grows)? I Am More Than My Hair, is a two-part project, documentary film and photography book. The book features 138 portraits of 46 women and the stories of their experience with hair loss, as well as women who cut their hair in solidarity of a loved one.
10% of sale proceeds will be donated to Children's Alopecia Project (CAP). CAP changes the emphasis from growing hair to growing confidence.
"On October 24, 2013, I cut and donated my then sixteen years of dread locks, for a Big Chop to Stop Cancer event. I've wanted to cut my hair a few years prior to this day but was hesitant. Despite the constant headaches and head colds after going swimming (the thickness of my hair makes the drying time lengthy), I continued to hold onto to it. I had to remind myself… I AM NOT MY HAIR.
Before doing the Big Chop, I blogged about my forthcoming endeavor. Much of the feedback I received was discouraging. After all, people always knew me with long hair and thought the new "look" might not be a good fit. I'll be honest and say I did question myself, going back and forth in the mirror, covering the front of my hair to visualize what I would look like without it.
For the first time, I experienced some serious fear and doubt it. Whispering quietly within, "I wonder how I'll look without my hair? " Very similar to the feelings of the women in Feminine Transitions, who had a difficult time being photographed without make-up. Allowing yourself to be vulnerable is not as easy as I thought.
Although it's a different situation, as I did not lose my hair involuntarily, the emotional toll was eye-opening. Regardless, I decided that no one, including myself, was going to change my mind and I happily shaved it off.
This experience was the spark for the birth of I Am More Than My Hair. It is my way of responding to the criticism while creating awareness of alopecia."
This project is made possible through the support of:
This project is fiscally sponsored by Women in Film & Video, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible.
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