Joslyn has a story that needs to be shared.
This brave girl and her mom entered pageants with the desire to see Joslyn’s confidence grow. She’s just like lots of girls her age—sweet, loves the color pink, and starting to find out who she is. In addition, she’s beautifully unique because she was diagnosed with alopecia, an autoimmune disease that causes you to lose your hair.
Her mom and Joslyn shared her story with me and I automatically thought of a past pageant friend who was also diagnosed with alopecia….and who happened to be in the Top 3 of last season’s America’s Next Top Model. They, too, watched the season to cheer Jeana on and we bonded over how cool it was to see her compete.
Joslyn and I started shooting together and with each snap, Joslyn’s personality began to shine through. Upon showing her mom the back of my camera, tears started to flow. The photos turned out to be stunning (obviously—look at how beautiful she is!) but the real win was that Joslyn believed in her own beauty.
Keep letting your beauty shine, Joslyn!
Pageant: Miss Wisconsin United States, Director Sara Axness
Makeup: @thealyssajoy on Instagram