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Your new Miss America might be beautiful ? and bald

From the today show Beauty pageants evoke images of flawless women in amazing shape, perfectly made up and coiffed, right? Yet one beauty queen vying for the Miss America title in Las Vegas this week has barely any hair on her head. Kayla Martell, Miss Delaware, has been bald for half of her 22 years — she has alopecia areata, a rare condition that results in unexplained hair loss. But that’s not stopping her from competing for her lifelong dream. “By the time I was 13, my hair was out completely,” she explained. “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 blonde and everyone in my family is blonde. “I wore it to school, but took it off in the middle of the day, put it in my backpack and never looked back.”

01/12/2011 8:32AM
Your new Miss America might be beautiful — and bald
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