Texas woman with alopecia embraces 'true self' for engagement photos

Mark Molloy
Makenzee Meaux was diagnosed with Alopecia Universalis aged 8  - The Frost Collective / Makenzee Meaux

A Texas woman with alopecia who posed for an engagement photo shoot without her wig says she is “incredibly thankful” for the outpouring of love she has received from strangers.

Makenzee Meaux, who was diagnosed with the hair-loss condition aged eight, described it as “probably the most difficult thing I will ever do in my life”.

“While taking our engagement photos I decided that it was time to stop hiding from the one thing I tried hardest to hide for almost 15 years and embrace in my true self,” she said. 

“Alopecia Universalis is a disease where all of your hair follicles suddenly stop growing and the doctors can not figure out why or what will bring it back. They call it the mystery disease.

“Nothing else is wrong with the body other than hair will not grow which as you can imagine for a young girl, is a huge confidence killer.”

The 21-year-old, who is getting married in 2018, said she “experienced lots of bullying” growing up as a result of the disease and “lost all hope that I could ever feel beautiful again”.

Ms Meaux said she started to regain her confidence when she began dating Bryan Ballard, who she met five years ago at high school.

“I have never felt more confident or more beautiful than I do with him by my side,” she said.

“He has helped me be brave and realise that hair is not what makes you beautiful and is not what makes people love you, it is truly all about what’s on the inside and for that I am forever grateful for him.

“He has shown me that the people who love you do not care whether or not you have hair and the ones who do are not worth your time or your love. So this is me, the true me.”

She added she was “incredibly thankful for all the kind words of love and support” as a result of her post.

“I never expected it to reach this many people but if it can touch others going through similar struggles then it makes it all worthwhile,” she told The Telegraph.

“I am excited to see what the future holds for Bryan and me. My heart is overflowing with love.”

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