Miss Delaware, Kayla Martell, one of the ladies competing for the Miss America title this week, believes she has a leg up on her fellow competitors … her baldness. Suffering from a rare form of alopecia, Kayla started losing her hair in her early teens. “By the time I was 13, my hair was out completely. The thought of getting a wig never crossed my mind at all. My mother first brought up the suggestion and brought home this awful brown wig. I don’t know why, because I’m naturally blond and everyone in my family is blond. I wore it to school, but took it off in the middle of the day, put it in my backpack and never looked back,” she explained.While she does plan to compete while wearing a coifed, pageant wig in Vegas this week, she feels that embracing her baldness has made her a more confident woman. “I am confident and comfortable [with or without my wig],” she boasts.”Hair loss is generally associated with sickness, but there are millions of people like me. I run, I’m healthy, I eat well; I’m just allergic to my hair.” Miraculously, as she has prepared for the pageant, her hair has started growing back.
I don’t know about you, but I am rooting for a bald Miss USA. I want to see her take the title, rip her wig off, place that crown on her bald, beautiful noggin and, of course, smile and wave. [MSNBC]