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"I am not my hair, I am not this skin, I am not your expectations, I am the soul that lives within."
India Arie


This project is fiscally sponsored by Docs In Progress, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible.

Support Cunningham's effort to produce her first documentary film and raise awareness about female hair loss. Support the fundraiser for I Am More Than My Hair documentary film, by making a tax-deductible donation. We ask for your support in helping to raise $106,000 for the post-production and marketing cost of Cunningham's project.
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From the time we are young, girls are pressured into a set belief of beauty standards. Hair is certainly high on the list and is often labeled as our "crown and glory." Where does this notion fit for females with alopecia (the partial or complete absence of hair from areas of the body where it normally grows; baldness)? This new documentary film should bring light to the issue.

I Am More Than My Hair, is a documentary film and photography book that includes stories of females who've experienced hair loss and dives into the connection of their emotions in relation to the media's portrayal of beauty standards.

A bald woman is usually perceived as a cancer diagnosis, given that the media depicts female baldness as relative to this deadly illness. Although it can be related to cancer, it's not always the case. Actually, most are unware of alopecia and the many reasons why a woman may experience hair loss. I Am More Than My Hair is an educational documentary focused on bringing awareness to alopecia and dispelling the myth of what beauty is "supposed" to look like.


Thanks to Carolyn Phillips and a dedicated planning committee, the "Bald, Beautiful, & Bold Fashion Show" took place on April 21, 2018. Created as a fundraiser to help cover post-production cost of I Am More Than My Hair documentary film, the event was successful on multiple levels. Read Huffington Post's review of the show.


Thanks to the many contributors who helped raise funding for Cunningham's documentary film! We offer gratitude to:
Julio Hirsch-Hardy, Karima Ami, Wendy Simon, David Sumner, Denise Smith, Stephanie Jackson, Linda Marr, Susan Steiner, Wendy Goldberg, Yolanda Holmes, Lynne Ashe, Elizabeth Kearney, Andrea Palombella, Heidi Scott, Jay Elvove, Carolyn Phillips (and the Bald, Beautiful, & Bold Fashion Show Committee), Romaine Waller, amw.engagetheworld, cmclymer, Monique Boea, Janet Evans-Watkins, Steven Hutchinson, Trista Hendren, Shay Ensley, Steve Carlson, Kelley LeBlanc, Dale Hill, Jacqueline Thompson, Jaimee Todd, Mwheelock, Thomas Smith Jr., Karen Ruckman, Dayal Mohamed, HC Slavic, Ann Marie Brown, Rebecca Weiss, Allison Weiss, Beverly J Gordon, Chuck Tyler, Barbara Scharf, Paula Zitzelberger, Sharmila Karamchandani, Florence Navarro, April North, Cathy Forthuber, Alison T Cunningham, Betty Rose, Patti Hilliard, Jen Price, PrayHERS, Michie Prentiss, Jameelah Fernanders, Donna Emanuel, Mary A Marshall, Delver Charlery, Kimbirly Mack, Melanie Wise, Immani Hood, Michele Strong, Charisse Carney-Nunes, Vernom Alexander, Biao Yang, Marsha Fortenberry, Mumbi Carter, Michelle Myaing, Jen Hanlon Ash, Angela McCrae, Nelson Serieux, Amanda Brandon, Colleen Waterston, Leslie J Gray, Erwin Joseph, Colleen Copple, Amy Pilot, Sarah Johnson, Vee Davis, Yvette Davis, Wendy Jacobson-Simon, Heather Lo Duca, Suzie OGorman, Marie Lirette, Catherine Stahl, Janice Aarabi, Ilianna Luna, Dawn Moore, Kweli Bennett-Powell, Fernee Peters, Kwesi, Donald richards, Isaih Fleming, Sammy Garraway, Andrea Andrew, Kwame M., Marvin T. Jones, Kwesi S., Donald R., Doretha Robinson, and 8 anonymous contributors.

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