Monica BeasleyMartin


Diagnosed with alopecia in her twenties, Monica Beasley- Martin successfully hid her bald spots until 2006. Around this time, her godson began to lose his waist-long dreads from cancer treatments. In solidarity with him, Monica had her own remaining hair removed. This prompted her toddler granddaughter (encouraged by her older sister) to call her a bald head. Monica would hear this name re- peated, often by the students in schools where she works as a substitute teacher. The taunts of these children in- spired her to write, “Bald is Beautiful, Too.” Monica, who is also an ordained minister and a drama teacher, lives in Youngstown, Ohio, with her husband, son, and dog, Soda Pop.