Gail Porter asked to front National Bald Out day

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By ALEXANDER LAWRIE

AN INTERNATIONAL alopecia campaigner is appealing to Edinburgh sufferer Gail Porter to help them spearhead her new worldwide campaign to raise awareness of the condition.

Mary Marshall, from San Diego, California, is organising a worldwide National Bald Out – a day where women across the world are being urged to ditch the wigs and go out in public bald.

Mary suffers from alopecia areata and is hoping thousands of other sufferers will join her in celebrating their baldness on July 19, 2009.

Women’s groups in Scotland are being urged to organise their own event in an effort to promote public awareness and the acceptance of bald women – and she hopes Gail will help them.

Mary said: “I go out bald all the time, for me it’s the most comfortable, cool, and natural way to be. I’ve tried wigs but I just can’t wear them.

Liberating

“If you’re a woman with alopecia areata who is struggling with self image who doesn’t like wearing a scarf or a wig all the time, but who hasn’t yet taken the step of going out in public, the National Bald Out is for you.

“It doesn’t matter if you’ve got no hair, bald spots or patches of hair – for one day please take it off.

“It’s incredibly liberating.

“Where ever you live, on Sunday July 19 come out of the wig closet. It might change your life and it might change the way people see bald women.

“It would be amazing if Ms Porter agreed to help out in any way she could.”

Telly presenter Porter, 38, famously developed alopecia in 2005 after her marriage to rock star Dan Hipgrave collapsed and she battled with stress, drug addiction and post-natal depression.

She refused to cover up and wear a wig in public, instead she bravely decided to maintain a public profile and raise awareness of the condition.

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The Scots beauty’s experiences with baldness were made into a BBC documentary, and she also bared her soul concerning her condition in her 2007 autobiography.

Porter shot to fame in 1999 when lad’s mag FHM beamed an enormous projection of her naked body onto the Houses of Parliament.

The stunt was organised to promote the magazine’s Top 100 Sexiest Women competition.

Friends and relatives of alopecia sufferers are also being urged to join in the fun by wearing National Bald Out t-shirts in support of the cause.

Gail couldn’t be contacted for comment yesterday.

4 COMMENTS

  1. As a fellow woman with alopecia, I am insulted that the articles refers to these other brave women as “sufferers.” Alopecia is the most empowering thing that has ever happened to me. I had a chance to work at a leadership forum for 3 weeks in Washington, DC with some of our nation’s top high school scholars this summer. As well as teaching them leadership, I wanted to teach them to be open-minded and accepting of all different kinds of people. I always explained my alopecia to them and showed them my bald head, and the teens were fascinated! They had tons of questions for me and told me how courageous they thought I was for not being afraid to talk about it or to go out without a wig. I think I was able to teach them that beauty comes in many different packages, and hopefully I gave them awareness to alopecia. Many people are afraid of what they do not know, and now that they know about alopecia, I believe that they will be more accepting and open-minded to people that are different than themselves. As they say “you can’t judge a book by its cover.” I truly feel that alopecia has been a blessing in my life, certainly not a disease. It took me many years to figure it out, but I have realized that this happened to me because I will not hide or mourn my hair loss, I will celebrate it my whole life. After the acceptance, I never have asked myself “Why did this happen to me?” I know that it happened to me because I will use this gift to help others find confidence and beauty in themselves. I hope that I can inspire young women across this country to love themselves more and more every day. With that said, I hope that you no longer refer to us as “sufferers,” but rather, as those “blessed with a special gift.”

    Thank you,
    Natalie Mamerow

    • I just saw your comment. I agree completely! I didn’t like the way that the article referred to “sufferers”. I never use this term. I’m proud of who I am, and grateful for the good health that I have. If you haven’t seen the website alopeciaworld.com, please check it out. There are many like-minded people there.

      Thank you,
      Mary Marshall

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