Being a teenager is hard enough. Imagine having to go through high school with alopecia, an autoimmune condition that results in one’s hair falling out. We can hardly imagine it, which is why a senior named Madisyn Babcock is all that braver.
For her senior portraits, Babcock allowed her mom to paint on her bald head. The aim was to transform her fear into empowerment. She did that — and more. The 17-year-old used the senior photos as an opportunity to embrace her natural beauty, while at the same time raise awareness for the condition.
The end result is precious.
“My mother’s always been an inspiring artist,” Babcock told A Plus. “As someone who always encourages me to be my true self and loves flowers, I knew my mother was the perfect person to paint my head.”
Local photographer Chelsea Taylor, who has taken photos of Babcock in the past, and has been there through the process of her losing her hair, took the photos. “Madisyn has had a positive attitude about the loss of her hair since day one, and has used this as an opportunity to show other girls how to love themselves and own their beauty- even if it isn’t conventional,” said Taylor. “Madisyn’s mom spent hours drawing out the design and painting it on the morning of her shoot. It turned out beautifully, and her images are a direct reflection of her spirit!”
A boost in confidence wasn’t the only thing to come of the photoshoot. Babcock says she and her mother made lasting memories they will never forget. “One of the biggest connections my mom and I hold is our love for art,” said Babcock.
When asked to describe the process, the teen recollected on what it was like to have her head painted. “The paint was really cold on my head. I think that, in the moments, I sat in a chair in front of my mom and she painted my head, we had an understanding between us,” she said. “It wasn’t just painting. It signified every single moment we’ve gone through with the process of high school. I have an entirely new perspective on life than I did when I began high school, and in that moment I think we both saw growth in ourselves.”
“I chose flowers because they fit me as a person,” Babcock added. “I feel I’ve really blossomed into the person I’m supposed to be.”
This is Madisyn Babcock, a student suffering from alopecia (an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss)
For her senior portraits, she chose to embrace the condition
With the help of her mom, the 17-year-old came up with a stunning idea
Madisyn’s mom painted flowers on her bald head
“My mother’s always been an inspiring artist. As someone who always encourages me to be my true self and loves flowers, I knew my mother was the perfect person to paint my head”
“It signified every single moment we’ve gone through with the process of high school”
“I have an entirely new perspective on life than I did when I began high school, and in that moment I think we both saw growth in ourselves”
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