Andera is a 17-year-old high school student who lost her hair during treatments for stage 2 nodular sclerosis Hodgkin lymphoma. She’s also an aspiring model and instead of hiding or being shy about her new look, she organized a photoshoot with Gerardo Garmendia to show it off.
It took Andrea a while to build up her confidence and decide to do this. “A couple of months ago when my hair first started to fall out I would have never imagined of being able to go out in public without a wig. I had lost most confidence in myself. But along with many other things, this journey has taught me to love and accept myself regardless of the way I look. I’ve learned that the hair on someone’s head doesn’t define who they are as a person, but their actions and the way they treat others. All girls are princesses, and today I feel beautiful inside and out.”