I love fashion magazines. I can't really explain why but I love the artistry of design. Have you ever noticed (those of you who read them) that when they publish a feature about "hair loss" alopecia is NEVER mentioned??????? Why is that?? Do we need to have a louder public voice?? Just a thought.
I too enjoy looking a fashion magazines but sadly its great clothing, jewelry, make-up & hair products, the latter of which many of here sadly don't need. Hair products are a multi million dollar business.
I would love to see one fashion magazine do an article or article's on Alopecia how wonderful that would be, even perhaps do a fashion shoot using alopecian sisters. Alright I know I'm dreaming but hey if your going to dream, dream big & so I am.
Who knows perhaps we will open Harpers B & there is a whole section full of fashion & fabulous looking alopecian sisters & brothers looking oh soo fly.
I haven't bought a fashion magazine in over a decade - I just don't relate to what they are selling anymore.
I think if I did see a woman with alopecia on the cover- I'd buy multiple copies - but until then ....
When we see individuals being interviewed on television or a magazine it is someone telling of their efforts to regain their hair & the negativity & shame which accompany's it.
I lost my hair so quickly, when it started to fall within 4 weeks I was what you see in my picture bald a bean, it came out clean as a whistle & I tried all the goops & positions my dermatologist suggested including injections.
As time went on I found acceptance.
I don't know maybe we should try a write & call in campaign to a selected talk show, let's just throw out Ellen, since Oprah is going off soon. See if we get an answer then have 3 or 4 alopecian sisters & brothers go on & talk about alopecia, there are those of us who venture out with & without cranial prothesis, life does go on after hair loss.
It's just an idea.
I'm turning into a real cynic but truthfully - I just don't think the fashion magazines will want to promote true self acceptance (i.e. embracing being bald or partially bald). Because once they tell women it's okay to be bald, essentially they are saying, "it's okay to be YOU". And where would that lead us ? The advertising and fashion and beauty industry would shut down ! lol. the last thing they want is for women to actually like their bodies, their faces and hair (or no hair) - too much money is at stake!
See, i told you've become cynical in my old age. I'll just get back into my rocking chair now . Creak Creak.
TV is only interested in "fixing" us. Prime example: Shear Genius that I was on with AW member Kylie in 2008 (taped two months after I lost my hair). You can watch it on AW here, and I have a photo on my page:
It was ALL about having the hairdressers help the poor, bald women who needed SO much help. It was an interesting experience and gave some needed publicity to AA...but, really infuriating. I would've reacted very differently now.