You might know Alyson Stoner as the young dancer in Missy
Elliot’s “Work It” video, or the tiny Disney star in shows like
Camp Rock and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. But after 18 years
in film and television, Stoner is ready to turn a new leaf and her
hair now reflects that.
Alyson Stoner shaved her head, and the beauty move is
intimately attached to a lot of evolving changes in her life.
In March 2018, Stoner came out as queer in an intimate essay in
Teen Vogue, sharing how she fell in love with a woman, and how it
led her to accept her identity.
“I, Alyson, am attracted to men, women, and people who identify
in other ways. I can love people
of every gender identity and expression,” she wrote.
The moment was pivotal for Stoner, leading her to embrace more
fully who she was and wanted to be. A few months later, Stoner
posted Twitter to share that she was inching closer to fulfilling
her dreams of shaving her head after coming out. She addressed how
the act would be a powerfully defiant one, especially considering
how she has led a life of public scrutiny since childhood.
dream of shaving my head at least once in my life is starting
to get a little closer, I think,” she wrote. “What a choice to make
after my appearance has been under public scrutiny since childhood,
and as a way to trust my beauty & sexuality defy gender
normative standards of femininity,.”
Fast-forward a few months later, and that dream has become a
reality. Stoner has now transitioned into a music career, and her
most recent single is called “Stripped Bare,” where she shaves her
head in the music video as she sings about the struggle and pain
that comes with childhood stardom.
Shaving my head is an act of mental health and confidence, not
self-destruction, Stoner told People. I cant tell you how many
beliefs and opinions and insecurities fell to the floor with every
tuft of hair, and Im leaving them there. Im shedding one era and
rising as a new being in real time.
“Stripped Bare is not just a song for me,” she followed up on
Instagram. “Its a line in the sand and a personal commitment to
change my future direction, no matter how daunting and unclear. To
allow old, familiar things to die and kill off the ego that keeps
me fixated on the rear-view mirror, even when nothing beautiful is
coming from it. Everything changes tomorrow.”
In an interview with People, Stoner shared how she started
developing health problems like anxiety, hair loss, and seizures at
just six years old because of the intense stress put on from her
work. The pressure to maintain her career eventually led to
struggles with anorexia, exercise bulimia, and binge-eating
disorder. She sought help at 18 years old, and entered into
treatment to help her cope with her disorders.
Now that she has five years of balanced eating under her belt,
she feels ready to move into a happier stage of her life and she
says shaving her head was a visual way to shed that old life, and
move into the new.
Stoner tells People, I really believe that the next 10 years are
going to be much better than the last ten years.”
If you or someone you know has an eating disorder and needs
help, call the National Eating Disorders Association helpline at
1-800-931-2237, text 741741, or chat online with a Helpline
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Alyson Stoner Just Shaved Her Head & It's More Than Just A Fashion Statement