A new look at Alopecia

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - High school student, Madison Rambeaux, shows the world that we can all be strong, with or without hair.

"So many people don`t even know what Alopecia is." says Madison Rambeau, a student at Louisiana Connections Academy.

Approximately 6.5 million people have alopecia, a hair loss disorder which is an autoimmune disorder where the body attacks the hair follicles, leading to baldness. Madison`s dad has had the condition for years.

While most teenage girls were obsessing over their hair, nails, and makeup, Madison wanted to make a difference. When her parents came home one day, she pranced down the stairs, but something was different. Madison donated her hair to the nonprofit, Children with Hair Loss.

Madison sends a message to those with Alopecia, "Just to stay strong in yourself and know that you can still be beautiful, you can still have a boyfriend. If you're a girl, you can still be feminine with short hair or no hair. That's what I realized."

Madison's parents are so proud of her, "She's an activist, and I'm proud of her. She's 16, and she's accomplished so much already in her life that I'm excited about what is still yet to come."