Woman’s Year Of Transformation: Buzzcuts, Bisexuality And Tattoos

Posted by Mahnoor Nadir in Life Style On 21st July 2021
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Ever want to press the reset button on your life and start over? That’s what this woman did when she ended her relationship, came out as bisexual and completely transformed her look.

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Steff Cookson always long black hair and was in a long term relationship. All of that changed during lockdown when the 35 year old nurse decided it was time for a transformation.

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“I can’t imagine having long hair again or going back to that person. My relationship was a massive part of my life but now this is a new chapter and I suppose my image reflects that.”

Steff who has three children has always had long hair that people would often compliment her on.

“People would say my hair was really thick, shiny and lovely. I kind of embodied that black-haired Barbie look. I liked it for a long time. But it would take ages to dry — I’d hate washing it. I was sick of faffing about with it every morning. I was doing night shifts and I just thought, ‘Why do I need hair?’”

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When she had time alone during the lockdown, she found herself hooked on the social media platform TikTok.

“I got really into TikTok. I found myself in shaven-headed TikTok and it gave me the courage to do it myself. I became fixated because I saw videos of women shaving their heads and how liberating it was. Everyone was trying to put me off so I thought to myself, ‘Sod, what everyone else thinks.’"

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When she decided to take the plunge, she uploaded the video to TikTok for support.

“I videoed myself doing it and put it on TikTok. I was really excited about it. I felt liberated and happy. I love my shaved head. I can dye it pink, purple, blue. It’s liberating and a way of me expressing myself.”

After the shave, the 17 tattoos and coming out as bisexual, Steff finally felt like she was herself.

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“Now I have this look, I feel like the real me. I feel like I can do anything. It’s taught me not to shy away from showing that. I get loads of guys and girls trying to chat me up. They perceive me differently now, as a strong confident woman.”

For Steff the most important thing was to be true to herself

 “I want to be completely 100 per cent myself. You take me as I am or not at all — I no longer want to conform to this idealised beauty standard.”

Steff joins the ranks of celebs that have also started rocking the buzzcut look including Jada Pinkett Smith, Rose McGowan and Demi Lovato

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