JASMINE TOLULOPE OGUNS– Creative Artist and Textile Designer, CEO and Founder – Heroic Alopecian Foundation.
bald is beautiful
Heroic Alopecian Founder Jasmine Tolulope Oguns, a creative artist and Textile designer shares her touching story when ever the opportunity presents, of the rejection, pain, and depression from the shaming by others, who had little understanding, and lacked compassion. AT a time in her young life, the Stigmatization was emotionally draining, and physically overwhelming as a result of worsening loss of hair, and Stigma associated from where she comes from in Africa. Luckily, one day, she found strength and wings to fly, finding purpose through helping others .
🤗😍👊🏾🌻🌷🌹🦋 H A F (HEROIC ALOPECIAN FOUNDATION) was born out of a need to enlighten and educate victims and those ignorant of the symptoms who stigmatized victims; making them feel ashamed, sad, lacking confidence or even hate themselves because of societal dictates and, measurements of Who is considered Beautiful. Jasmine lets us know at end of video, that she is “Beautiful with or without hair”, and “my hair does not define me! she said in the BBC video. Good for her and others, who have found the voice to stand up for themselves and reject the stamp that negative people and Ignorant try to put on their forehead.
We should really be more sensitive the messages we send out. People should stop worshipping physical looks, like hair , skin, color , height and so forth. Especially when impressionistic young girls are growing up glued to T.V, smartphones, and absolving all the negativity on social media outlets. Many are dealing with self esteem issues relating to acne, obesity, anorexia, eating disorders, acceptance issue and peer pressures to be ,act, dress, and look a certain way! It’s overwhelming for children and parents, even teachers and counselors who have so much on their plates. There needs to be a constant reminder , conversations going on by all with a platform of sorts to promote and project positive vibes about Beauty being more of Character, rather that physical appearance that can fade or deteriorate with age, sickness or accident, Then what? -IMAGEDIVA
In an interview with BBC (British broadcasting Corp) on their” PIDGIN” channel which encourages interviewees to communicate in “Broken” English so that they can communicate to a wider reach , even to uneducated; Jasmine tells of how she was initially engaged to a guy who tells his mom everything. And when he shared her Alopecia situation with his Mom, She advised JASMINE to keep it a secret between the three. But later, she (Mother) revealed her plight to her daughters, who went about ridiculing JASMINE. It was a time of humiliation and mental torture for her. Even the the Mom -to- be -in-law, succumbed under pressure and shame, called off the wedding, just ‘ few days to the wedding engagement.” How petty can some be?
BEAUTY IS IN THE HEART OF THE BEHOLDER.
15 years ago she developed ALOPECIA (loss of hair) and soon it got worst she decided to wear bald. But people especially from conservative area of Africa, were not used to seeing ladies like that. So even though she was uncomfortable with the idea, to minimize the stares, gossips and insults hurled daily, she took to wearing wigs in public. She paid hundreds of dollars to Hair folicles specialists, and the treatments reportedly failed to work, and affected her adversely. she experience deep depression and cried daily.
beauty Is Skin deep
But one day, fed up with the stigmatization, and way others were being treated , she decided to start a foundation to educate and create awareness so people can be more empathetic and the victims more embolden and confident. The result was overwhelming embrace of her goodwill and it goes to show how much Beauty can be reflected by a single Flash of light in that direction. I applaud JASMINE TOLULOPE OGUNS and wish her more Success, Peace and LOVE.
My opinion is ; if you are alive, healthy and a kind, sensitive , generous spirit, and considerate, you are not only beautiful, you are Attractive to the World! And, this is the reason why, though Jasmine was initially rejected and mocked by her fiancé (the man she was betrothed), his mocking sisters , and their confused mom who succumbed to pressure, She however found a more defining, fulfilling Purpose-Career as spokesperson , with H A F. A foundation that helps build courage, confidence and a sense of worth for others with same predicament. For this JASMINE TOLULOPE OGUNS is ALL ABOUT THE IMAGE TODAY.COM hero for month of SEPTEMBER 2020 ! (SEPT is Alopecia awareness month.).
BEAUTY COMES FROM THE INSIDE
JASMINE AND TWO OTHER MEMBERS OF HEROIC ALOPECIAN FOUNDATION.
SOME QUOTES ON BEAUTY
1.OUTER BEAUTY ATTRACTS , INNER BEAUTY CAPTIVATES.
2.TRUE BEAUTY IS WHEN SOMEONE RADIATES THAT , THEY LIKE THEMSELVES.
3.OUTER BEAUTY FADES WITH AGE, INNER BEAUTY LASTS A LIFE TIME.
4.THERE IS NOTHING MORE BEAUTIFUL , THAN , SOMEONE WHO GOES OUT OF THEIR WAY TO MAKE LIFE BEAUTIFUL FOR OTHERS.
5.BEAUTY IS NOT FLAWLESS IT SHINES EVEN THROUGH YOUR FLAWS.
BY MILLICENT OLAGHERE BLAST-IMAGEDIVA.
REMEMBER YOUR IMAGE MATTERS, SO LIVE EXCELLENTLY!