By Meghan Overdeep
Updated Nov 13, 2015 @ 10:45 am
Clare Bowen attends the "Kacey for Lucchese" Collection Launch Event on November 2, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images

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."

"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."

"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.