When a new Miss America is crowned every year, there's a lot of excitement as the crown is placed on her beautifully styled tresses as she walks down the runway to the song, "There she is -- Miss America."
The image portrayed of Miss America is that she should have beautiful hair. But what if the winner of the annual pageant had no hair?
That's the case with Miss Delaware Kayla Martell. She suffers from a rare condition that resulted in her losing her hair at a young age. But that has not stopped her from competing in the upcoming pageant.
"I couldn't believe that at 10, I was balding. Especially being a young girl, your hair is your crowning glory," she said.
Martell will bring four wigs to the national competition to be televised Jan. 15. But normally, she says she lives without a wig.
"When I go grocery shopping, when I go out with my friends, when I am at home, I am without the wig. That's the real me," she explained.
Martell said she's on a mission to redefine the term 'beauty queen.'
"You can be bald and beautiful," she said with a smile.