Lele Pons Defends Her Alleged Fake Hair Donation in a Series of Tweets – Allure Magazine
Lele Pons is firing back at fans who have accused her of pretending to donate several inches of her hair with cancer patients in mind. The social media star, who is best known for her quick humor and hilarious YouTube clips, took to Twitter to address the rumors surrounding her recent haircut — and where said chopped hair has gone.
“To help clear any assumptions, I cut my hair with the intention of donating it,” Pons tweeted on Friday. “Sadly after trying, I learned charities who donate wigs don’t accept color treated hair. So I’m finding other ways to help those affected by hair loss b/c of cancer. This is still a priority for me.”
Last Wednesday, after sharing a photo of a new, shoulder-grazing hairdo — along with her freshly chopped-off platinum blonde ponytail — to her 18 million fans on Instagram, followers were quick to point out that the ponytail looked more like a set of extensions wrapped in an elastic than her actual, just-cut hair. The snapshot, simply captioned “DONATED MY HAIR !!!! First time I ever cut my hair. What do you think???,” has since been deleted, but it still lives on because, as you know, the Internet never forgets.
“The locks of hair shown in the Instagram photo was used as reference to show how many inches I cut,” Pons tells Allure. “At the time of the photo, my real hair was being collected to make a ponytail because I had intended on donating it.”
She adds: “It has always been a wish of mine to donate my hair to a charity that makes custom wigs for cancer patients. There are people all over the world that lose their hair due to illness, and I wanted to do something to help make a difference.”
Donation drama aside, Pons tells Allure she’s “discussing potential opportunities with a local hospital” to find other ways to help.
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