A bald model has assembled other women with alopecia to take part in a photoshoot to show off their beauty and boost their self-esteem.
Kristina Chebotkova brought together a group of hairless women from all over Kazakhstan for the recent photoshoot.
She said most participants came from the regions of Karaganda, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Stepnogorsk, and Pavlodar.
Chebotkova, who suffers with alopecia, an autoimmune disorder that causes hair to fall out, said the project is to teach others the importance of learning to love yourself.
Chebotkova, who comes from the Kazakh city of Pavlodar, said the other women in the photoshoot all have alopecia like her.
The bald model explained: “The message is about freedom. I want this project to give confidence to the women who came here for this. The project is not to show others that there are different people out there, we already walk that road, this is done especially for the women involved, so they can love themselves as they are and not be afraid of someone else’s opinion.”
The participants told local media that the hardest part of having alopecia was during their school years due to their classmates taunting and sometimes outright bullying them, including tearing off headscarves or humiliating them in front of others.
Chebotkova said she first came up with the idea of the photoshoot three years ago, but she fell pregnant and had to put the idea on the back burner.
The model, who is married with a daughter, said there were many more alopecia sufferers who initially wanted to take part, but pulled out at the last moment.