I'm Lumi Tuomi, 20 year old artist from Finland, studying Photography at the Royal Academy of Art The Hague.
"Girl with Alopecia" is a self-portrait reinterpretation of the famous painting "Girl with a Pearl Earring" by Johannes Vermeer. It’s almost as the girl in the painting has no eyebrows, no eyelashes and no visible hair due to her turban. To me, as a woman suffering from alopecia and as a woman with no eyebrows, no eyelashes or hair, this painting is a celebration. The girl in the painting is a celebration of me as she has features that I consider my weaknesses - yet still the painting is one of the most beautiful paintings in the world.