Joanna Panayi
Creator of
Trending Me

my Story of Trending Me

‘Barbie as Rapunzel’ is one of my all-time favourite movies. As a young girl, I always wished to have long straight locks like Rapunzel, so I could be just as beautiful.

As a young girl, my curly hair was a quality of myself that I did not love or embrace. I resented it. Every day I thought that if I had straight hair, maybe that boy would notice me or the girls at school would love me, maybe I would get invited to parties, and maybe perhaps I would not be so invisible.

Eventually, I had one of those problematic, memorable defining moments when I was 15. A boy of no importance commented on how big my curly hair was. Within two weeks, I chopped my hair off and started straightening my hair every day. I thought it would change everything. I was spending hours frying my hair, rather than doing my homework. How I wish I reacted differently. I thought my hair defined me. I thought that if my hair wasn’t the same as the girl next to me, there was something wrong with me. I was lying to myself for the sake of what others thought. and was trying to look like the everyday trending girl…when realistically…I was always my own trending girl

It took me years to realize the real lesson of ‘Barbie as Rapunzel’. Rapunzel was not defined by her hair. By the end of the movie, her hair was chopped off, and she still lived happily ever after. At that point in time, it did not matter whether or not her hair was long; what mattered was Rapunzel’s heart. Her heart and her hair saved the people she loved. Her hair was different. Her heart was pure. Therefore, Rapunzel stood out. My hair represents that exact significance.


Trending Me is rooted in my own self-acceptance of my differences. Now in my twenties, I realize that I do not need to look or act like anyone else but myself. I want to be authentically me. 

I am the trending fashion, I am the viral sensation in my own life. I want other women to feel that no matter who you are, how you dress, what you do, or what you like, you are always going to remain trending

This platform is a writing compilation of my thoughts and experiences of my own personal struggles. It is my heart in words. I do not seek validation from anyone, this platform is for my self-expression.

Thank you for reading.

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Joanna Panayi