For Tessa James, the last 14 months has taken her down the road less travelled.
But emerging from such personal trauma is a bright young actress on the brink of stardom once again.
In her latest photo shoot for our summer 2016 issue, James exclusively tells contributing beauty journalist Sarah Brooks-Wilson, “I feel beautiful, which I haven’t felt in a really long time and I definitely feel more confident in my skin than ever before.”
“I didn’t worry about what I looked like because everyone knew I wasn’t well. What can you do about it? I was actually okay with being bald and felt silly in a wig, it just didn’t feel right,” she says.
Photography: Christian Blanchard for Gritty Pretty
Styling: Hayley Bonham
Hair & Makeup: Ania Milczarczyk