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Meghan Overdeep
Nov 13, 2015 @ 10:45 am

Clare Bowen's new hairstyle isn't about making a fashion statement. The star of ABC's Nashville cut her gorgeous waist-length hair to make a much more meaningful statement about society's beauty standards.

In a heartfelt Facebook post, Bowen revealed that when she was four she was diagnosed with end-stage nephroblastoma, a form of cancer that primarily afflicts young children. She recounts her childhood spent in the hospital surrounded by a supportive community of other sick kids and her miraculous recovery.

The beautiful blue-eyed blonde debuted her dramatic new pixie cut along with the message, "It's Just Hair." 

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"I was really inspired when I heard a story about a little girl who said she couldn't be a princess because she didn't have long hair, and I wanted her, and others like her to know that's not what makes a princess, or a warrior, or a superhero," she writes. "It's not what makes you beautiful either. It's your insides that count... even if you happen to be missing half of them."

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"I survived, my hair grew back and I got strong again. I look relatively normal on the outside, but on the inside, I am still the same stitched back together little creature, in a world where people are judged so harshly for the way they look," she continues in the post.

"Self-esteem takes a lot longer to grow back than hair," she ended the post.

Read the entire post on Bowen's Facebook page.

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