Gladiator Stars face biggest battle
When you think of Gladiators you think of blood sweet and tears and blind terror, well two Gladiators from SKY TV's hit show are facing their biggest battle yet - to fight prejudices surrounding alopecia.
awareness of the devastating effects of the hair loss disease. To get a deeper
insight into the condition, they underwent six hours of prosthetic make-up at a
photoshoot to see how they would look without hair. Amazon, aka, Zoe Williams, a
trained doctor, said it was an enlightening experience. "The biggest difference for
me was seeing myself without any eyebrows. A lot of people associate alopecia with
losing the hair on your head, but don't realise you can lose your facial hair too."
She added: "I had the comfort of knowing the hair loss was only temporary, but I can
imagine that if that was something that was out of your control it would be very
distressing. "I have met a lot of people affected by the condition through the
charity and it makes you realise that it is not just about appearance, the
psychological affects of alopecia are huge."
Warrior - "People can be so cruel when they do not understand a condition they just
stare, I am so proud to be given this opportunity to help people. This may not be
life threatening but certainly can be when people become suicidal because of
The head-turning image will be used to promote the work of charity BeBold which
reaches out to sufferers of the hair loss disease.
If you would like further information regarding the Gladiators, please ask they are
more than prepared to be interviewed. We have a plethora of images contact us for
further info. theteam@
1 in 100 will deal with some form of alopecia in their life
One of the first questions anyone asks when they are told they have Alopecia is what
causes this? I know from talking to the women in our support group that this was the
first thing they looked into. There are a few theories as I call them into the
causes of Alopecia, but no matter how much your search for the answer no one really
and truly knows.
Although most types of alopecia or hair loss can be explained by natural or
unnatural causes, there are two types that as of yet have no known cause. Alopecia
areata and alopecia universalis a condition that results in the complete loss of
hair on the scalp and body, as yet there is no proven cure for this.
Typically, alopecia areata starts as one or more bald, smooth patches on the scalp,
which are not inflamed or scaly. It tends to affect the pigmented hair so there may
be some white hairs left within the bald area in older people. Sometimes the hair
loss is diffuse rather than well-circumscribed patches. Short, tapered hairs, known
as exclamation mark hairs that are characteristic of alopecia areata, may be seen at
the edge of the bald patch. Regrowth usually starts at the centre of the bald patch
with fine white hair that thickens with time and usually regains its colour.
Whilst the hair loss is the physical condition the emotional damage alopecia causes
can be huge. We have heard many stories of people having suicidal thoughts as people
come to terms with their changing appearance.
A photoshoot with a difference took place with Gladiators' Warrior and Amazon where
prosthetic make up was applied to give the Gladiators the appearance of somebody
suffering alopecia. This is to be the front of a National Campaign starting in North
England to launch awareness of the condition. The first billboard will be going
up Leazes Park Road Newcastle this weekend .
The BeBold Ball
As part of the National Campaign a Summer Ball will take place in Rainton Meadows
Arena, County Durham 12th September 2010. The proceeds for the Ball will be used to
fund the Alopecia Camp July 23rd 2010, where we will be inviting the children and
families dealing with alopecia to come away to stay in Indian Tipis, the aim to
spend time working on building confidence and self esteem. Guests who have kindly
agreed to appear at the Ball are X-Factor's Bad Lashes, Ashlea Pearson, Simon
Robertson and our greatest Supporters Warrior and Amazon. Tickets are priced at
£45.00 or a table of ten £400.00, this includes reception drink and 3 course meal.
Come and brush shoulders with the Gladiators. Formal Dress.
The Charity is there to provide support and help to anybody sufferring alopecia,
the age range is completely across the board and all our welcome. For more
information contact theteam@
Campaign Sponsor - Stardust Fancy Dress
Photography - Scott Spock
Make up - Julie Pattinson
In association with Saks
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BeBold Liberating alopecia the charity providing help and support to alopecia sufferers. The group willl be hosting the first alopecia camp in the uk next year.