Andrea Sierra Salazar, an 18-year-old from Texas, proved to everyone that hair loss caused by chemo is nothing to be ashamed of, and you can be beautiful with hair on your head or without!
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Cancer doesn't stop me me from being a princess. ? pic.twitter.com/39RaDuVwkH
— Andrea Sierra (@sierraandrea99) August 10, 2016
In February 2016, Andrea was diagnosed with stage 2 lymphoma. She underwent chemotherapy and lost her hair. At first, Andrea felt self-conscious about her new look, but then she contacted photographer Gerardo Garmendia and did a photo shoot to improve her self-esteem and encourage other cancer patients to think differently about their appearance.
Gerardo Garmendia wrote on his website:
Andrea loves modeling and wanted to have a shoot showing that no matter what you go through in life, beauty lies within. She has been battling cancer for a while, and she is a great example of determination.
About a year later, Gerardo did another photo shoot with Andrea, this time of her prom! He commented:
I had the honor to take Andreas Sierra’s prom photos this Summer. She is a great person and an amazing young woman. I admire her determination and courage. Now, she is 18th years old and cancer free.