Swirl is an advocate-model ™, a term she has coined herself to describe the new generation of models working in the fashion industry who also advocate for a personal cause, challenging old stereotypes through their body, their words, and their actions.
She personally advocates for mental health and for bald women. Her lack of hair derives from trichotillomania, a widespread and yet still stigmatized form of BFRB (body-focused repetitive behavior), a sub-category of OCDs which is just now being studied.
She relentlessly invites women to be open about their mental health journey and encourages thriving in their body diversity as the highest form of beauty.
Featured by a number of magazines, Swirl often joins talks, interviews, and podcasts to spread positive awareness and engage in deep-layered conversations touching topics such as overcoming depression, learning to feel confident, and generational taboos like nudity.
Swirl is also involved in the movie industry where prosthetics are used to create other-worldly creatures. She enjoys singing, sports, and cooking. She supports environmental and human rights activism.
She is an artisan, former milliner (hat maker). She was born and raised in Florence, IT. She has also worked as an event manager, tour manager, and art director in the fashion and music industries. Being quintessentially Italian, she treats food as a religion.
Favorite movies: Cabaret, Amélie Poulain, The legend of the pianist on the ocean.
Favorite song: “I am what I am” – Gloria Gaynor
Favorite quote: “If you were waiting for a sign, this is it.”
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What is trichotillomania? It’s a BFRB.
Also called hair-pulling disorder, trich is part of body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs). Some self-grooming repetitive behaviors have been recently classified under this category that also includes nail and cheek biting, skin picking, and a few others.
How many people are affected? If not yourself, many people that you know!
It is estimated that 1 or 2 people out of 50 experience a form of trichotillomania during their lifetime. It is usually developed at an early age and it tends to be a chronic condition, meaning that you can experience it throughout your life.
Can you treat it? Possibly.
The best results have been seen with CBT which it’s one of the most used types of therapy right now that focuses on identifying thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that are problematic and teaches individuals how to change these elements to lead to reduced stress and more productive functioning.
Where to find more information? TLC foundation.
TLC BFRB is the foundation that globally provides support for people affected with BFRBs. There are a number of support groups for the adults directly involved, but you can also find support for children, teeneagers, and their parents.
An new Italian support group for people with BFRBs is available every Sunday.
If you are interested, you can find this and more information on www.bfrb.org
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