This Bald Bride-To-Be With Alopecia Bravely Removed Her Wig and the Results Were Breathtaking

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We’re told our entire lives that inner beauty is more important than outer beauty. And while that’s a wonderful concept, the truth is, it’s hard to believe that sometimes. Especially as women, and especially in a society that puts so much emphasis on how we look.

But then there are people like Makenzee Meaux, out there reminding the world that inner beauty is what really matters. Meaux’s engagement photos prove that the best look is the one in which you feel confident just being yourself, whatever that looks like for you.

She looks every bit the glowing bride-to-be. Back in May, Meaux got engaged to her boyfriend, Bryan.

Alopecia universalis is a condition in which you experience the complete loss of hair from the scalp and body. As Meaux writes in a recent Facebook post, doctors often refer to it as the “mystery disease.”

All of your hair suddenly stop growing, on your scalp and body. Unfortunately, doctors still can’t figure out why this happens or how to bring back the hair.

Meaux points out in her post that for many women, hair is a major part of their self-image. So losing all of your hair can be traumatizing, especially as a little girl.

“This is probably the most difficult thing I will ever do in my life,” Meaux wrote. “While taking our engagement pictures, I decided it was time to stop hiding from the one thing I tried hardest to conceal for almost 15 years.” Accepting yourself is one thing, but truly embracing who you are and loving yourself is quite another…

It was a cathartic moment for her, and quite honestly something that had been building up for years. “I experienced lots of bullying in the early years and along the way I lost all hope that I could ever feel beautiful again,” she said.

“I have never felt more confident or more beautiful than I do with him by my side,” Meaux explains. Major couple goals happening right now.

In fact, it’s just hair. It doesn’t define how people feel about you, or how important you are to others, or whether or not you should love yourself.

Only 2 percent of the population is at risk for developing alopecia, and within that specific group, 20 percent can develop alopecia universalis. It’s the rarest form of the condition, so it can feel particularly isolating.

“[Bryan] has shown me that the people who love you do not care whether or not you have hair,” she writes. “And the ones who do are not worth your time or your love. So this is me, the true me.” Yes, girl. Keep shining your light and that incredible message.