Model and fitness instructor Christie Valdiserri is an absolute trendsetter. Christie says she always knew herself as a blonde, but when she started to lose her hair, she had an identity crisis.
“I knew that this was going to pay off if I could just get myself through it,” she said of the emotional hurdles she’s had to overcome. Now she has a centerfold in Sports Illustrated — the first bald model to do so.
Christie also says she hates that baldness is often associated with being sick because many people are simply bald and perfectly healthy. “I just want to break that because I’m the same person that I was when I’m wearing my wig or when I had blonde hair.”