Kayla Martell Could Be the First Bald Miss America

We Could Have a Bald Miss America, and That's Great


Miss Delaware Kayla Martell will be competing for the Miss America crown very soon, and she may be doing it without one thing most pageant queens take for granted: hair. Kayla has alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder that causes sufferers to lose their hair and can leave them totally bald. She's been without hair since she was a child, and until her third year competing in the Miss Delaware pageant, she never even had a wig. She was bewigged for her Miss Delaware win, but apparently the pageant organization has told her that she can compete without it for Miss America.

Kayla doesn't wear a wig in her everyday life, and I think she looks great, so it would be really inspiring to have her go onstage bald. I realize, though, that it might be harder for her to win and spread her message if she doesn't "measure up" to the pageant queen look some judges will expect.

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