Now 13-year-old Millie has opened up about the moment she shaved her head, calling it one of the most “empowering” things that she has ever done.
Sharing a throwback video of the transformation on her Instagram page, Millie shared: “The day I shaved my head was the most empowering moment of my whole life.
“The last strand of hair cut off was the moment my whole face was on show and I couldn’t hide behind my hair like I used to. The only image I had in my head about what I could possibly look like is Charlize Theron in Madmax.
“As I looked at myself and couldn’t see my old self, I realised that now; I have a job to do and that is to inspire other girls that your image or exterior part is not what I think is important.
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“What I find important is caring, loving and inspiring other girls. Thought to share my thoughts during this life changing moment.”
The teen added on her social media channel: “I miss my shaved head, shaving your head is so empowering. You don’t need hair to be beautiful. You are beautiful with or without. I learnt that too”.
Millie’s comments come just days after model Emily Ratajkowski faced backlash for saying that hair is a “fundamental part of beauty and femininity” in her new campaign for hair care brand Kérastase.
Posting on Instagram, Emily shared an image from the campaign and wrote: “Hair is a fundamental part of beauty, femininity, and identity. So excited to announce that I am the new face of @kerastase_official!”.
Shame on you, @emrata. Being a woman who lost my hair to chemo (along with many other brave fighters against cancer), I find this extremely offensive. Hair is NOT a fundamental part of beauty. #BaldIsBeautiful #FuckCancer #EmilyRatajkowski pic.twitter.com/fgStLkhocF
— childish garbanzo (@eiramuh) January 14, 2018
Referring to hair as being “fundamental for femininity, beauty and identity” is wrongfully put. Please consider changing this so that the beautiful boys and girls who can’t grow hair don’t think of themselves as any different. @KerastaseUSA took down the ad, and you should too.
— Jillian Zahumensky (@Jilllllllllz) January 9, 2018
This caption is extremely upsetting. @emrata …as a girl who is fighting to see herself as beautiful after losing all of her hair…this is NOT what I wanted to see. Having hair does not define how beautiful you are!!! #BALDANDBEAUTIFUL pic.twitter.com/Uy69vPC4Jl
— SAV STRONG (@savysc) January 13, 2018
The model and actress faced backlash for the caption, with many feeling that it was insensitive towards women who had lost their hair.
Emily didn’t directly address the outrage but quickly changed her caption to: “So excited to announce that I am the new face of @kerastase_official ! Welcome good hair days!”
It is not clear whether Millie’s recent comments about shaving her head were a direct response to Emily’s controversy and Yahoo Celeb UK have contacted her reps for comment.