Just one year ago, Shameless Maya set out on a journey to be “shameless”. What exactly does it mean to be shameless? According to Maya, “Being shameless means being fearless, being confident, being free.” You should not to be ashamed of you are and celebrate your talent. In her shameless journey, she wanted to overcome her fear of putting herself out there. She promoted herself shamelessly and garnered over 100,000 subscribers in the process.
On April 24, 2013 — the anniversary of her channel — she shaved off all of her hair. Since starting her channel, she got a lot of attention because of it. But she wanted to prove to herself that she was enough. She was NOT her hair. So, on a live stream, she cut it off. Buzzed it off. All those beautiful curls were donated to Locks of Love. In one of her videos, she mentioned the comments of one her subscribers who was battling cancer. To add insult to injury, the teenager struggled with the loss of her hair as well. She also discussed the woman on Fear Factor who agreed to shave her hair because she did not want to send a message of vanity to her young daughter.
Maya’s message really hit a chord with me, because my daughter was recently diagnosed with cancer. Here, at Black Hair Media, we celebrate beauty in hair and fashion, and within. But we as women, have to be careful to not make it our crutch. Our Achilles heel. There is strength, beauty, and fearlessness that comes from within. So although we have fun getting dolled up, we can not forget that we are enough.
Shameless Maya shares a powerful message packaged with a vibrant personality and stellar video production. It’s no wonder she has all of our attention. In her five year plan, she expressed a plan of movie production and sharing her creativity with the world. Shamelessly. I wouldn’t expect anything less.