Inspired by a little girl who couldn't grow out her hair because of cancer, "Nashville" star Clare Bowen took scissors to her own to show that it's not what's on the outside that counts.
In a heartfelt Facebook post, Bowen revealed that she too had suffered from cancer as a child and could relate to all of those kids who are "mostly bald, all tubed, taped, bandaged up and stitched back together."
At 4 years old, Bowen was diagnosed with end-stage nephroblastoma and was given roughly two weeks to live unless her parents chose an experimental treatment that might have killed her anyway, she writes.
While in the hospital, Bowen continues, she bonded with children whose muscles had been destroyed by chemotherapy and who were sometimes missing limbs or internal organs.
"But we were all together, so no one's appearance came into question," she writes. "No one got laughed at or teased."
So when one little girl said she couldn't be a princess because she didn't have long hair, Bowen took it upon herself to show the little girl that it isn't long hair that makes a princess. Or a warrior or superhero, for that matter.
"It's your insides that count," she writes, "even if you happen to be missing half of them."
The "Nashville" actress also thanked ABC and the show's creator Callie Khouri (of "Thelma & Louise" fame) for allowing her character to change her hair, because she wants little girls, little boys, and everyone, as a matter of fact, to know that we shouldn't judge others for their appearance.
"Self-esteem," after all, "takes a lot longer to grow back than hair."