Rosa AcostaAfter recently chopping off her long locks for a short buzz cut, model Rosa Acosta has been bombarded with personal critiques from both fans and the public, across all the social networks.

So why did she do it? She says it was out of necessity because it has been falling out for years now, so now, she’s starting fresh.

“People have demanded an answer about why I cut my hair, while insinuating that as if it was going to destroy me in some way. The truth is I cut my hair because my hair is falling out and has been for over a decade and I needed to began my treatments again,” Acosta said in a statement.

Still, Rosa admits that she loved her hair, but in the end, she still feels sexy because it’s about the way you carry yourself.

“I didn’t have to ask permission from anyone to cut my hair. However, due the overwhelming response I felt it was only right to address my condition,” she said. “I love hair, most women do. There is certain femininity in the hair but it doesn’t stop there, it’s about your mannerisms the way you talk, the way you walk they way you carry your self.”

At the tender age of nine years old, Rosa’s mother noticed the hair loss and she began treatments at the local clinic in the Dominican Republic.

At that same time, the young dollface trained as a ballerina. Routinely, she stressed about the weekly weigh-in’s ultimately driving her to anorexia for fear of gaining weight and never becoming the ballerina she so passionately dreamed about. While it impossible to know for sure, Rosa believes this may have triggered the problem.

Doctors described her condition as an overabundance of oil on the scalp and once the scalp becomes to oily, the hair falls out.

“I encourage other people out there with a hair loss problem to accept your reality and make the most of it. For what I do, I feel like I’m a bad bitch and I don’t need hair to make me,” Acosta said. “When I want to wear the hair I will. But for now, the most important thing for me to do is go through my treatments to make my scalp healthy, which will intern give me a healthy head of hair.”

She’s now on the road to recovery.

In addition to the controversy surrounding her hair, Acosta is still working. Catch her on the new cover of Black Men Magazine on newsstands next month.

Rosa is also preparing the release of her daily viral series, “Workout With Rosa Acosta”, launching May 11th.

For more info, visit her official website at RosaAcosta.com.