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Comedian Nikki Black was diagnosed with breast cancer at 23, and then went through the difficult and very invasive process of fighting her disease. She had a full mastectomy, followed by chemotherapy. When the chemo made her hair fall out, she decided to process some of her feelings and feel more in control of how she looked with a series of photographs and head/face paintings:

Skull on skull.
Skull on skull.

In an essay for xoJane, Nikki talks about how breast cancer is a hyper-sexualized disease, and she found many people talked to her about her body in a way that felt pretty dehumanizing and disconnected from what she was actually experiencing:

Sources: Nikki Black | xoJane