A 17-year-old Texas teen wants the world to know that her battle with cancer won't stop her from feeling beautiful. Andrea Salazar, who was diagnosed with stage 2 nodular sclerosis Hodgkin lymphoma earlier this year, has been experiencing hair loss as a result of chemotherapy. She told BuzzFeed that prior to her hair shedding, she enjoyed modelling in her free time. But the side effects of her cancer treatment ended up taking a toll on Andrea's confidence, resulting in her not wanting to step out in public without wearing a wig.
Andrea shared that she didn't have the confidence to stand in front of a camera without her hair, but over the course of her journey she's learned that her battle with cancer is nothing to be ashamed of. She decided to capture her newfound pride in a gorgeous princess-themed photo shoot.
Andrea posed for photographer Gerardo Garmendia while wearing a beautiful turquoise gown and glamorous makeup, and with her bare scalp. She shared images from her shoot on Twitter with the caption, "Cancer can't stop me from being a princess." The photos have since gone viral, with over 97,000 shares on Twitter and thousands of users applauding Andrea for her mesmerising shots and admirable confidence.
Andrea declared that despite struggling with insecurities after being diagnosed, her journey with cancer has taught her how to love and accept herself regardless of her physical appearance. She wrote in a powerful post:
"A couple of months ago when my hair first started to fall out I would have never imagined of being able to go out in public without a wig. I had lost most confidence in myself. But along with many other things, this journey has taught me to love and accept myself regardless of the way I look. I've learned that the hair on someone's head doesn't define who they are as a person, but their actions and the way they treat others. All girls are princesses, and today I feel beautiful inside and out."
There's no denying that Andrea looks absolutely stunning her in photos, but her amazing message is equally inspiring. Check out more of her stunning snaps below.
Cancer doesn't stop me me from being a princess. 👑 pic.twitter.com/39RaDuVwkH— Andrea Sierra (@sierraandrea99) August 10, 2016