Miss America 2011 won the pageant wearing a wig! This excites me because I feel like it’s still taboo for women to wear wigs. But now Miss America, a woman who has beat out thousands of beautiful women throughout the United States, has been chosen to represent the country as an ideal American beauty. Here you can see a video of her putting on the wig she got from Hair Therapy for Women in Tampa, FL. I’m curious if this video leaked by accident, or if she allowed herself to be filmed (the video was also shown on Youtube). Most women keep their wig-wearing a secret, so I was surprised she seemed open to the world knowing about her hair issues!
It’s quite obvious that lots of the women participating in Miss America have beauty enhancements (breast implants, padded bras, teeth veneers, hair extensions, etc.) but I am still slightly shocked about the wig. I’m sure beauty pageant contestants have been wearing wigs for years, but I never noticed. If I hadn’t read about Miss Nebraska, I never would have thought she had on a wig because it looks so natural! I also find it interesting that she chose a wig with dark roots to wear during the pageant - I thought roots were a big no-no for looking “perfect.” Anyway, some people question whether wearing a wig is “cheating” because it gives you an unfair advantage of having great hair. Hmmm. That’s the only thing I’m looking forward to when/if the time comes to wear a wig – having great, enviable hair every day!
Of course Miss Nebraska wasn’t the only girl to wear a wig at the 2011 Miss America pageant. Miss Delaware Kayla Martell has been living with Alopecia Areata for ten years, but hasn’t let that stop her from her participating in beauty pageants. I really love Kayla Martell because she has enough confidence in herself to know that she is beautiful without hair, and she’s not afraid to let everyone know. She has been bringing awareness to Alopecia by speaking publicly about the issue, and helping others that suffer from it. She also wore a wig at the Miss America pageant (and again no one would have ever known it she hadn’t talked about it). What really would have been awesome is if she would have done the pageant without the wig!
What do you think of the news that beauty pageant contestants wear wigs? Is it really any different than wearing hair extensions? Do you think this news will help society accept the fact that wearing wigs is okay – that there shouldn’t be a stigma associated with it?