A teenager from Whitley Bay has been named as the face of The Wonderful Wig Company for 2020.
Marnie Wall was one of hundreds of women to share photos of themselves on Instagram with and without their wig using the hastag #hairbossnothairloss following a call out by The Wonderful Wig Company.
The 17-year-old was chosen for her “undeniable positivity and inspiring confidence”.
Marnie, a creative media production student at Newcastle College, experienced alopecia areata related hair loss in June 2019, just before her 17th birthday.
She said: “When I first started losing my hair, it had a very big impact on my life. I wouldn’t even leave the house without a hat or a wig on, I felt embarrassed at the fact I had no hair and I hated myself for a long time.
‘What’s on the inside’
“But, as time went on, I learned that just because I have no hair, that does not make me a different person and it doesn’t make me any less beautiful as someone with hair. Beauty isn’t about if you have hair or what you look like, it’s about what’s on the inside, and you as a person.”
Marnie will be the public face of the business throughout the year, appearing in media campaigns, advertising and supporting the team in their outreach work with young women with hair loss. She has also won a prize package worth over £8,000.
On discovering she had won the competition, Marnie said: “I was so excited, I even cried for a good hour with happiness.”
Helping people feel fantastic
On her aims for her year as the face of the company, she added: “As I work with the Wonderful Wig Company throughout the year, I would love to spread as much awareness as I can about all the different types of hair loss. I would also love to help people like me, who are going through hair loss or have been through it, to embrace and see hair loss as an amazing thing which doesn’t change you or make you any different to anyone else.”
Nicola Wood, founder and Creative Director of The Wonderful Wig Company said, “I founded The Wonderful Wig Company because eight million women in the UK have hair loss and my aim is to help people feel fantastic again, hair or no hair!
“I’ve been overwhelmed with emotion at the amazing, brave and beautiful women who have bared all to share their stories of hair-loss with us during the Face Of competition. It was such an agonising decision, but we’re delighted to be working with Marnie Wall this year – she simply shines and truly owns her image, she is a real hair boss!”
Since its launch in 2017, The Wonderful Wig Company has won a host of awards and has recently received Gold Status from The Little Princess Trust, making it one of only eight salons in the UK to have achieved this accolade. Starting with a salon in Sunderland in 2017, the business opened its second salon in Jesmond in December 2019.
Last month, Consultant Trichologist Demi Griffiths told us all about trichology and took us through her own hair loss story.