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.