Maya has grown accustomed to being a hairless teenager. After being diagnosed with Alopecia areata, Maya tries to find peace with her new appearance through selfies, her friends and family.
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mySELFie. The life of a girl with Alopecia areata
At the age of 12 Maya lost all of her hair. Within a couple of weeks she turned completely bald. The diagnosis: Alopecia areata. It causes Maya’s body to reject every single hair like a foreign object.
Two years later she has gotten used to her baldness. But summer is a brutal time for her. It’s too hot to hide under a wig or a hat. Then, Maya feels naked, and she asks herself: How do others perceive me? Am I alright the way I am? Am I beautiful?
Almost like a way to provide the answers, Maya takes lots of selfies, just like her friends. And somewhere in between swiping, liking and sharing, the girls are growing into young women.