Doja Cat’s viewers were unsympathetic when she appeared with newly shaved locks on Instagram, leading some to speculate about her mental health. Experts are exploring potential factors such as inadequate resources, lack of support systems, and stigma.
Seeing bald women in media can cause Black girls to question their identities and concerns about fetishization in their communities. Last week, Doja Cat’s decision to shave her head sparked debates and judgments about her confidence level.
To address the challenges Black girls and women face, it is essential to raise awareness, provide support systems, and foster resilient self-esteem through prevention programs.