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‘Nashville’ actress Clare Bowen explains her drastic new look

Nashville fans may have noticed that Clare Bowen, who plays singer-songwriter Scarlett O’Connor on ABC’s hit show, has a new haircut. She replaced her long flowing blonde locks with a short pixie cut, and she had one admirable explanation for doing so.

“I was really inspired when I heard a story about a little girl who said she couldn’t be a princess because she didn’t have long hair, and I wanted her, and others like her to know that’s not what makes a princess, or a warrior, or a superhero,” the 31-year-old Australian actress wrote on a post on her Facebook page Thursday, which included a photo with the overlay text “It’S JUST HAIR.”

“It’s not what makes you beautiful either. It’s your insides that count…even if you happen to be missing half of them,” Bowen added.

Bowen explained that she had been diagnosed with end-stage nephroblastoma–a rare kidney cancer–when she was only 4 years old. And she became part of a club of sick children who were “mostly bald, all tubed, taped, bandaged up and stitched back together.”

But when they looked at one another, that was never what they saw. “No one got laughed at or teased. We were all we knew,” she wrote.

Though a doctor told her family that her only chance of making it was an experimental treatment that could kill her anyway, she “got really lucky” and survived. And, obviously, her hair grew back.

“I look relatively normal on the outside, but on the inside, I am still the same stitched back together little creature, in a world where people are judged so harshly for the way they look. It has always been completely incomprehensible to me. How can people think there’s time for that?” she wrote.

She continued:

“Every scar tells a story, every baldhead, every dark circle, every prosthetic limb, and every reflection in a mirror that you might not recognize anymore.”

She encouraged her fans and anyone who was reading to remember that looks are not everything. “Look deeper than skin, hair, nails and lips,” she wrote.

She added that your true self lies within you.

She ended her post by thanking ABC network and the show’s creator, who incorporated her new look in the latest episode, for allowing her to cut her hair and ironically to encourage people not to judge others based on appearance using her own.

She ended her message with this: “Self-esteem takes a lot longer to grow back than hair.”

It is nice to see a celebrity like Bowen using her status for good and for inspiring others with something as simple as a haircut. Thanks Clare Bowen for being a light in the world of entertainment!

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