Latwell Nyangu, H-Metro Reporter
A group of female artists has embarked on a bald head cancer awareness.
The awareness portrait was created by outstanding Zimbabwean women including Nyasha ‘The Female photographer’ Gurure, Anna Honde, Imani and Shanashe.
October is Breast Cancer awareness month.
Nyasha said, due to societal perception, it is much more emotional for women to raise awareness as there is limited cosmetics acceptance of a bald woman.
“For a woman the hair is the crown, a symbol of beauty and pride. It is what a woman is identified as being feminine or attractive to a mate.
“If it starts to diminish, it diminishes and it can be devastating to a woman’s identity, self-esteem, especially when affected at an early age.
“Due to societal difference it is emotional for women since there will be less acceptance of a bald woman and increased patriarchal pressure on women to be attractive.
“So the main reasons behind the bald picture is to show women that hair does not define who you are.”
“Female hair loss is on the rise in the high stress and mid pandemic world we live in.
“It may be due to cancer or anything that affects your mind, emotions or body can affect your hair.
“As you all know October is the month of breast cancer awareness and we want to support the survivors and urge them not to give up.
“It is me, Anna, Shanashe and Imani who came up with this beautiful portrait to encourage women on raising cancer awareness,” she said.
The four ladies demonstrated that one can slay even with bald head.
“The four ladies brought out the fact that one can still slay with their bald heads by taking pictures, wearing makeup, jewellery and walk in the streets confidently without listening to anyone.
“Anyone can be confident with a full head of hair but a confident bald woman – there’s your diamond in the rough.
“We want all the women suffering with hair loss to gain their confidence back with a bald hair.
“We want them to know with or without make up they are beautiful and the most beautiful make up for any woman is her natural hair as well as natural beauty.
“Jewellery has the power to be the little thing that makes you feel unique,” said Nyasha.