Q. How would you describe yourself in a few sentences?
A. I’m a typical Libra - can’t make decisions to save my life! I’d like to think I’m somebody who is always learning and growing, embracing everything that comes my way.
“Hi I’m Mimi Drew. At the beginning of my hair loss journey I was so lost, I had never felt more alone and isolated. I kept it hidden from everybody and under (literal) wraps. Through being open and honest with my story, I’ve gained a newfound confidence and positivity that I didn’t have before. Now I always want to chat about my bald head!
I’m always so keen to share my experience with alopecia and create a conversation around hair loss, so taking part in this campaign was a no-brainer for me! It’s so exciting that the awareness campaign for female hair loss has come from MONPURE, a company that creates hair and scalp products. It’s easy to produce a campaign focusing on hair and the indulgence of it, so I love that they have made the decision not to do this, and explore the other side of it – hair-loss, which is rarely given a public platform."
A. I’m an actress and a model. I love the freedom and creativity in both and the way I can be whoever I choose in front of the camera. It’s exciting and an opportunity to take risks, not letting hair loss hold me back. In fact, I’ve found that my hair loss has given me a chance to explore even more roles!
A. My go to T.V series is the US office. It’s my comfort show and even though I’ve seen it multiple times, it stays on repeat.
A. Moisturiser! Especially in the winter, as my skin can get so dry. I love a super hydrating face cream to combat this - which leaves my skin feeling fresh, hydrated and glowing.
A. Meeting the other amazing women involved! It’s always so lovely to talk to people who have been on a similar hair loss journey, as there is an instant bond and such a deep understanding. Each of the contributors are so strong and inspiring and it was a pleasure to listen to their stories.
A. Female hair loss is so stigmatised and there are many misconceptions surrounding it. While I step out in public with my bald head proudly on display, many people will stare and presume I’m unwell and have a terminal illness. Lots of people will converse with the front of my wig instead of my actual face which can make me feel uncomfortable. They treat my wig as though it is the elephant in the room, whereas I am more than happy to talk about it.
A. I would love for anybody who is experiencing hair loss to see this campaign and know that they are not alone in anything they feel; I hope they can feel supported through the stories they hear. It’s a campaign celebrating our differences and I would love for those who may feel different – hair or no hair – to embrace their best selves and hold their bald (or not bald) heads up and be proud of how special they are, just as they are.
A. I’m excited to continue spreading awareness about hair loss, through this campaign and too through other outlets in my life. It would be so great to see more people with alopecia featured on film and TV, hopefully 2021 will be the year!
A. I’m so grateful to MONPURE for choosing their platform to highlight hair loss. It was such an honour to share my story with all the other amazing contributors. It was the best reminder to myself and hopefully others, that there is more to life than hair loss!