A teen said losing her hair made her feel self-conscious about her looks, until she decided to post bald for a photo shoot.
According to BuzzFeed, 17-year-old Adriana Salazar from Texas felt a lump in her collar bone. Her mom took her to the doctor, where they learned news that change their lives.
Adriana was diagnosed with stage 2 nodular sclerosis Hodgkin lymphoma.
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She had to take time off school for treatments and started losing her hair.
“Before chemotherapy I had always been a confident person,” she said, “so when my hair started to fall out I would look in the mirror and I wouldn’t feel that confident about myself.”
She modeled as a hobby in her free time, so when she got the opportunity to pose without her hair for the first time, she took it.
Photographer Gerardo Gamendia captured stunning photos of the teen.
“It’s not only about my outside beauty, it’s about the inside,” Adriana told BuzzFeed. “That’s what really inspired the photo shoot without the wig.”
Last week, she posted the photos to Twitter where they quickly went viral, getting more than 200,000 likes.
“Cancer doesn’t stop me from being a princess,” wrote Adriana on Twitter.
Garamendia said Adriana’s attitude was remarkable.
“She was open and not ashamed or embarrassed to share that part of herself,” said Garamedia. “The way that she was coping with cancer was just very inspirational to me.”
Adriana says she hopes the photos inspire young girls battling illness.
“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,” said Adriana.