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Bald beauty queen seeks Miss America crown

January 4, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The Miss America Pageant is coming up in two weeks, and a Delaware woman is hoping to redefine the term "beauty queen."Miss Delaware, Kayla Martell, suffers from alopecia areata, a condition that causes hair loss.

She said she started going bald when she was 10 years old.

Martell says she doesn't wear a wig during everyday life, but she does use a wig during competition.

"People are so surprised to see a bald woman, let alone a bald beauty pageant contestant," Martell said. "You want to have a Miss America that you are comfortable walking up to and talking to and not worrying 'Oh, should I mention this? Should I ask her about her hair?'"

Martell entered her statewide competition five times before being crowned Miss Delaware.

She feels she's making history.

The Miss America Pageant will air at 9 p.m. Jan. 15 on ABC7.