Kayla Martell will be competing for the title of Miss America while wearing a wig.
Martell, the current Miss Delaware, suffers from alopecia areata, a disease that has caused her to start losing her hair since the age of 13. She hopes to educate viewers about the disease.
Martell usually goes wig-free, so she explains, “I’m still getting used to long hair. So we’ll style it away from my face with big curls.”