A photographer has transformed a group of women with alopecia into glamorous lingerie models to show that bald is beautiful.
Chrissy Sparks, from Birmingham, hopes her new project will show that women can look gorgeous without matching conventional beauty standards.
She and her stylist Nav Soroya spent hours transforming each of the alopecia sufferers, most of which developed the condition in childhood.
Despite never being pictured without their wigs on before, they embraced their hairlessness for the seductive snaps – and were left wowed by their own transformations.
Natasha Lachs, 34, who lives in Northumberland, said: ‘I have had alopecia since I was seven. I never really liked looking at pictures of myself, and I would also never dream of having my pictures taken without my wig on.
‘I usually feel unfeminine without my hair, however when I saw these DollHouse pictures I actually cried.
‘I was overwhelmed with how beautiful I actually looked.
Who would have thought I could look sexy without my wig on! They have made me feel like a million dollars.’
Chrissy, 35, opened her studio DollHouse Photography five years ago, and has taken pictures of thousands of women of all shapes and sizes since then.
She wanted the shoot to make the women feel stylish and show that any insecurities they had didn’t matter.
Chrissy said: ‘My stylist Nav Soroya and I wanted to show how women can look glamorous without fitting the typical beauty stereotype you tend to see in the media – and we wanted to support the unconventional beauty standards.
‘Not only this, but we also wanted to show women how we can successfully style and photograph our clients regardless of any physical concerns – after all, we all have them and, for us, it is gratifying for these insecurities not to inhibit the success of a shoot.’
The final photographs were certainly worthy of magazine covers, and the shoot left the women feeling amazing.
Student Danielle Atkins, 20, from Newcastle, said: ‘I’ve had alopecia since I was two.
‘It started with a tiny patch on the top of my head which was dismissed as “baby alopecia” which would go away.
‘However, it never did. I was utterly amazed when I saw the final DollHouse images! I absolutely loved them and it definitely shows that bald can be beautiful and sexy.
‘I love transforming myself with makeup, clothes and wigs, but this was the first time with the wig off, I felt amazing.
‘Before the shoot I felt that because we don’t fit the typical stereotype of beauty that we can’t model or be within the beauty industry.
‘But the shoot shows that we too can be as beautiful as the commercial models you see in the media.’
Chrissy’s studio boasts an impressive wardrobe, with £200,000 worth of lingerie sets, corsets, basques, gowns, dresses, accessories, costumes and furniture, which she used for the shoot.
She said: ‘I’m a great supporter of body confidence, and so at our studio we make the client feel relaxed and comfortable during the shoot.
‘We involve and encourage the client in their styling and make-up; we have a magnificent range of lingerie, clothes, accessories and props at our client’s disposal.
‘Once the make-up and hair is done, we guide the models with their poses and facial expressions.
‘We want all women to feel utterly spoilt and make her feel and look her most beautiful.
For this project, Chrissy teamed up with Panache, a group that aims to raise awareness and support for people who suffer with hair loss.
A spokesperson for Panache said: ‘We want men, women, and children to know that bald is beautiful too, and that you’re 100% not alone on this journey, we are here for you.
‘We aim to bring the hair loss community together. Our vision is to create a hub for the hair loss community to feel comfortable, supported, find friendship and no longer feel isolated.