At the Met Gala this past May, actress and model Cara Delevingne shocked everyone when she showed up in a plunging silver suit and a bald, painted head. Granted, she had to shave her head for a movie role, but we’re impressed that she found a chic, creative way of making it look glam anyway.

Delevingne has gained a new perspective on beauty since the hairstyle change, and she isn’t shy about voicing it. She posted this message on Instagram: “The more we embrace who we are as people and rely less on our physical attributes, the more empowered we become. Beauty shouldn’t be so easily defined. It is limitless.”

It seems odd to hear such an unconventional opinion come from such a stunning actress and model, especially since so few others in her business share this same type of down-to-earth attitude. Her look and message caught the attention of an 8-year-old girl named Brooklyn, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy for cancer treatment.

Brooklyn, with the help of her mother, got all dolled up just like Delevingne. She mimicked the same exact Met Gala look (minus the plunging neckline). This photograph was posted to Brooklyn’s Instagram with the caption, “If you can’t have hair, have glitter and diamonds.” After all, hair is just hair. Girls and women, especially those suffering from cancer, have to find other ways to feel beautiful, without hair. Why should we depend on something as fickle as hair? You can lose it, grow it back again, cut it, shave it, artificially extend it, hide it, or flaunt it. At the end of the day, it’s just as materialistic as a pair of Jimmy Choo’s.

Delevingne also said, “It’s exhausting to be told what beauty should look like. I am tired of society defining beauty for us. Strip away the clothes, wipe off the makeup, cut off the hair. Remove all the material possessions. Who are we? How are we defining beauty? What do we see as beautiful?”

Once Delevingne saw Brooklyn’s mirrored image, she reposted the photographs of the little girl on her own Instagram and called Brooklyn her “hero.” Seeing the spread of such positive messages about body image and real beauty truly warms our hearts. If more role models like Delevingne existed, we would definitely have more little girls growing up with self-confidence and self-respect. We would have a whole new generation of women knowing what it means to be beautiful.

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