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At age 18, she was finally free. But not for the reasons you'd think.

This woman with alopecia strips on camera, but it's her story that's truly revealing.

At age 18, she was finally free. But not for the reasons you'd think.

This is fashion designer and Honor NYC co-founder Rachel Fleit.

As part of its "What's Underneath Project," StyleLikeU asked Rachel to share her story of what it was like growing up with alopecia — while simultaneously stripping off layers of clothing.


Rachel addresses the assumptions strangers often make about her, including that she's bald as the result of cancer or that she's chosen to shave her head.

For Rachel, wearing a wig prevented her from truly being herself. She lamented the fact that she didn't have hair, and she beat herself up over this in spite of it being entirely beyond her control.

After confiding in a few friends when she was 16, Rachel finally took the leap, ditching her wig at age 18. It was this act that allowed her to fully accept the person she was.

Rachel's story of self-discovery and self-love is emblematic of the fight so very many of us struggle with throughout our lives.

For Rachel, it was her wig that kept her from accepting herself. For others, maybe it's a personality quirk, height, weight, gender, or skill that holds us back. The first step to self-acceptance is identifying what factors hold us back. It's only after we do this that we're able to thrive as individuals.

Rachel's story is unique, but her goal was not. The most human thing any of us can do is to simply be ourselves.

Watch Rachel's story below:

Albert Einstein

One of the strangest things about being human is that people of lesser intelligence tend to overestimate how smart they are and people who are highly intelligent tend to underestimate how smart they are.

This is called the Dunning-Kruger effect and it’s proven every time you log onto Facebook and see someone from high school who thinks they know more about vaccines than a doctor.

The interesting thing is that even though people are poor judges of their own smarts, we’ve evolved to be pretty good at judging the intelligence of others.

“Such findings imply that, in order to be adaptive, first impressions of personality or social characteristics should be accurate,” a study published in the journal Intelligence says. “There is accumulating evidence that this is indeed the case—at least to some extent—for traits such as intelligence extraversion, conscientiousness, openness, and narcissism, and even for characteristics such as sexual orientation, political ideology, or antigay prejudice.”

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'Merry Christmas' on YouTube.

The world must have been—mostly—good this year. Because Elton John and Ed Sheeran have teamed up to gift us all with a brand new Christmas single.

The song, aptly named “Merry Christmas,” is a perfect blend of silly and sweet that’s cheery, bright and just a touch bizarre.

Created with the holiday spirit in every way, it has whimsical snowball fights, snow angels (basically all the snow things), festive sweaters, iconic throwbacks and twinkling lights galore. Plus all profits from the tune are dedicated to two charities: the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

I personally don’t know which is more of a highlight: Ed Sheeran channeling his inner-Mariah, performing a faux sexy dance in a leg revealing Santa outfit, or him flying through the air with a giant Frosty the Snowman … who seems to be sporting glasses similar to Elton’s. Are we meant to believe that Elton is the Snowman? This music video even has mystery.
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