Seven-year-old Gianessa Wride suddenly lost her head hair, her eyebrows and lower eyelashes to alopecia earlier this year. And while adjusting to life without hair hasn’t been easy, this inspiring kid isn’t letting her autoimmune disease bring her down…especially on her school’s Crazy Hair Day. (Side note: why don’t we have this event at our office?)
Because no child should be left behind on any special event at school, she and her mother found a way for her to participate. Since Gianessa doesn’t have long locks to wear in some wild fashion for Crazy Hair Day like she once did, her mom Daniella got creative, stocking up on colourful sparkling stick-on jewels at the craft store.
Daniella then expertly placed the stickers into different patterns, including flowers and a seriously awesome owl. “I must say she looks absolutely stunning!” Daniella wrote on Instagram. True that! So unbelievably cute, too!
Not only was Gianessa then able to participate in what her mom dubbed “crazy head day,” but the young girl has become a voice helping to normalize alopecia, especially in children, around the globe.
“I cannot count [the number of] people who messaged me pictures of their own kids with alopecia. She inspired them so much to just embrace themselves and love themselves,” Daniella told Today.
And inspire she has. Daniella’s Instagram post of Gianessa’s smiling face, head decorated in pretty gem stickers, has gained international attention and hundreds of likes. It deserves ALL the likes!
“This is so amazing!!!! My daughter was recently diagnosed with Alopecia and our posts are bringing peace to my heart,” wrote one user @styleofwhitneyalana wrote.
Kudos to brave Gianessa and her creative mom for taking one of life’s challenges and turning it into brighter day, not just for herself but for children with alopecia everywhere.