A ‘STRANGE’ trend is emerging among Aussie girls as they sign up in large numbers to go bald for people living with blood cancer for the 20th anniversary of the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave.
Traditionally the event is dominated by men, however in 2018 the gender balance is tipped in favour of more females with over 2,350 females under the age of 24 years already signed to be brave and shave.
Leukaemia Foundation World’s Greatest Shave Campaign Manager Dave Simms says he’s not surprised by the trend, as bloggers, actors and singers across the globe ditch their locks for the bold new look.
Mr Simms said the trend was being led by influencers like Stranger Things actor Millie Bobby Brown and YouTuber and Singer Saara and actors like Kate Hudson, Kristen Stewart and Jessie J who have all recently gone bald.
“The day I shaved my head was the most empowering moment of my whole life,” Millie Bobby Brown told her Instagram followers recently.
In Australia, Elly-May Barnes – daughter of Aussie rocker Jimmy Barnes and Married at First Sight’s Erin Bateman, joined the female shave trend with Erin shaving live on social media https://www.instagram.com/erinkitty_/
We are seeing a ground-swell of young empowered women across Australia who not only recognise that their beauty is far more than skin deep, their actions can make a real difference to those who don’t have a choice about losing their hair as a side effect of their blood cancer treatment.
As blood cancer incidence continues to rise in Australia unfortunately more young women have a personal connection to someone living with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or a related blood disorder.
“While it’s certainly inspiring to see female actors and bloggers rock a shave, it’s these incredible young women, many not even old enough to go to high school, who are doing it for their friend, brother, sister, mum or their dad… that is truly extraordinary,” Dave said.
You can sponsor these brave young shavers online, or why not take their lead and sign up yourself: worldsgreatestshave.com.
Ryan Fritz started The Advocate in 2014 to provide not-for-profits and charities another media platform to tell their worthwhile hard news stories and opinion pieces effortlessly. In 2020, Ryan formed a team of volunteer journalists to help spread even more high-quality stories from the third sector. He also has over 10 years experience as a media and communications professional for not-for-profits and charities and currently works at Redkite, a childhood cancer charity.