California Bride Embraces Her Alopecia on Her Wedding Day: See the Stunning Photos
Kylie Bamberger is one gorgeous bride!
Kylie Bamberger is one gorgeous bride.
The 27-year-old from Southern California has alopecia, an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss, and made the decision to wed her fiancé without a wig.
During her October nuptials, she wore only a headband on her head to match her gorgeous white gown.
“There was no way I was going to wear a wig at my wedding,” she told Inside Edition.
Bamberger was diagnosed at age 12 with alopecia universalis, a rare condition characterized by the complete loss of hair on the scalp and body.
By the time she was a sophomore in high school, she had lost most of the hair on her head, eyebrows and body.
“If people were staring, I would stare back. If you’re going to go out bald, you have to have the confidence to own it. You’re not offending anyone,” she told Health.com.
But, Bamberger, who lives in Los Angeles, actually considers her hair loss a “gain.”
“When I lost my hair I was so focused on what I had lost, that I hadn’t necessarily realized what I had gained,” Bamberger said in a video posted to Instagram. “…I gained the ability to finally love myself. It’s something I encourage so many others to try and do. No one should ever be alienated because of the way that they look.”
And in 2005, she shaved her head completely.
“I really enjoy standing out and feeling different,” she told Inside Edition.
Bamberger now models and spends her time giving motivational speeches to help others dealing with hair loss.
“Hair loss doesn’t make you unhealthy, and it doesn’t make you ugly,” she told Health.com. “Those are two massive, massive misconceptions. I am not sick. I’m only stronger. If you’re out there, bald, it just means you’re becoming stronger. If you’re out there embracing your bald, you’re stronger. Period.”