Here's What It's Like To Lose Your Hair, From Six Women Who've Been There

    A stunning portfolio from Vogue highlights the mind-body connection.

    Today Vogue unveiled a beautiful portfolio capturing the real-life stories of nine women who've experienced radical hair loss as a part of ongoing health struggles.

    For each woman, negotiating her hair was a part of negotiating her illness. Broadway actress and singer Valisia Lekae, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2013, felt that it was important that people see her bare, wigless head.

    Suleika Jaouad was just 22 when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia and lost her hair during chemotherapy.

    Elly Mayday, 25, said that surviving ovarian cancer has helped to her to redefine beauty.

    Maggie, a ballerina with the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer at 23.

    Vogue staffer Phoebe de Croisset has beat leukemia — and gone through losing her hair — twice.

    Watch each woman talk about her relationship to her hair and her journey to self-acceptance.

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