Model and fitness instructor Christie Valdiserri is an absolute trendsetter. Christie says she always knew herself as a blond, but when she started to lose her hair, she had an identity crisis. Christie was diagnosed with the autoimmune condition alopecia just a couple of years ago, and as a result she lost all of her hair. Still, that didn’t stop her from embracing her dreams.
She is now a bald model who is inspiring so many people, and she says she hopes to change the modeling industry and even normalize baldness. At first, she says she was nervous and scared to show her bald head to the world. She would even turn away from the mirror when she would get her wigs done so she wouldn’t have to look at herself. But now she’s a positive force in the modeling industry.
“I knew that this was going to pay off if I could just get myself through it,” she said of the emotional hurdles she’s had to overcome. Now she has a centerfold in Sports Illustrated — the first bald model to do so.
Christie also says she hates that baldness is often associated with being sick because many people are simply bald and perfectly healthy. “I just want to break that because I’m the same person that I was when I’m wearing my wig or when I had blonde hair.”
For more on Christie’s inspiring story, check out the video.
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