Kit Steinkellner
November 12, 2015 5:03 pm

Nashville fanatics know actress Clare Bowen as Scarlett O’Connor, and Scarlett’s long, blonde hair has long been one of her defining features. Clare recently took to Facebook to post a picture of herself, post-chop, her mermaid tresses now a pixie cut.  Now, we the adoring public are used to seeing starlets do the whole hair makeover thing, but as Clare explains in her Facebook post, she had a very personal reason for undergoing this dramatic transformation.

As Clare explains, she was diagnosed with end stage nephroblastoma when she was four years old, a type of kidney cancer that could only be dealt with at the time with an experimental treatment that could potentially prove fatal for then preschool-aged Clare.

Clare grew up in the hospital surrounded by pediatric patients like herself, and there was tremendous solidarity in being surrounded by peers that understood intimately what she was going through.

Fortunately for Clare, the treatment worked.

Clare’s experience as a child has informed her relationship with her own physical appearance, and her take on beauty standards as a whole. Recently, Clare heard a story about a little girl who felt vulnerable about her appearance, and the story made Clare want to speak up and take action, by changing both her and Scarlett’s hair.

So for Clare, this haircut isn’t just a haircut, it’s a message she’s sending out to anyone who feels vulnerable and insecure.

Hear, hear.

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What losing my hair taught me about self confidence

(Image via Facebook)