Kristi Tavenner and her 7-year-old daughter Rose have a special message: “Bald is beautiful.”
Tavenner, who has breast cancer, and Rose, who has alopecia, proudly showed off their looks in a sweet mother-daughter photo shoot recently, in a display that quickly went viral.
“Both of these gorgeous ladies are bald for different reasons,” Kellie, of Kellie Rose Photography, wrote of the women in a post on the Love What Matters Facebook page. “Rose began going out fully bald when all her hair fell out a few years ago.”
She adds: “It was beautiful to hear from Kristi about how Rose helped her to be brave when she began to lose her hair during chemotherapy treatments.”
In the shots, Tavenner and little Rose are shown smiling and laughing as they embrace each other in the photos. Both wore earrings and floor-length gowns.
“They are two of the most beautiful people I’ve met, inside and out,” Kellie added. “They are here to show everyone that BALD IS BEAUTIFUL!”
Tavenner was diagnosed with breast cancer in April.
“Kristi and I had become good friends in the past year, and after she found out that she was going to have to undergo chemotherapy treatments after her full mastectomy, we were just talking about how she felt about losing her hair,” Kellie tells PEOPLE.
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“While she felt understandably a little scared about it, she also felt like it might be a special way to bond and relate to her daughter who has alopecia”
It seems Tavenner has long drawn on her daughter’s strength. In an April Facebook post, the doting mother wrote that Rose lost all her hair in 2016 — “She hasn’t let this disease slow her down and will only grow stronger,” she wrote.
“Thanksgiving 2015 I noticed 2 bald spots the size of a quarter on the back of her head,” Tavenner continued. “In 4 months she went from full head of gorgeous hair to completely bald … In the end, our beautiful Rose still shines like a star and loves to the fullest.”