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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Bald, Beautiful Women

It is said "A woman’s hair is her crowning glory." This adage likely stems from 1 Corinthians 11:14-15 -- "Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is dishonor to him, but if a woman has long hair, it is glory to her?" Basically, it is quite evident from history that almost every society considers hair to be an essential component of a woman’s attractiveness.

Hair can even be an important symbol of ethnic ancestry and religious obedience. So, in this manner, a woman's hair is often used to signal her group membership. Throughout human history, people have used hair to tell each other where they belong. To women, hair is more than fashion.

When a woman perceives that hair loss detracts from the appearance of her “crowning glory,”she is likely to experience a tremendous loss of self-esteem. As psychologically stressful as hair loss is for a man, it is likely to be even more so for a woman. It is no surprise that a number of scientific studies have shown that women are more likely than men to suffer psychologically painful effects due to hair loss, and that the psychological effects are likely to be more severe in women than in men.

No wonder women consider their lovely hair a fitting crown. A full head of hair is often perceived as a true reflection of a woman's youth, perfect health, beauty, sexual potency, desirability, and even social and financial status as well. Locks of beautiful hair increase a woman’s expression of individuality.

But, What About Bald and Beautiful Females?

Some men—and even some women—believe that receding hairlines, thinning manes and smooth craniums lend an air of dignity. There is no braver and bolder fashion statement than a woman without hair, and some lovely ladies are confident enough to sport it.

In a more contemporary sense, some women choose to shave it all off as a way of shirking convention and of thumbing their noses at society's idea of what makes a beautiful women.

Author Tanna Mayer confesses, "Unfortunately, not all bald women become that way by choice.
Some women are recovering from an illness such as cancer; others still have naturally fine, thinning hair, or female pattern baldness and decide to beat nature to the punch."

Mayer continues, "In both of these instances, these brave ladies choose to embrace their lives and their power, proving that beauty is more than follicle deep. What greater bravery can you imagine than looking an aggressive disease in the face and coming out the other side alive? And really, there is NOTHING sexier than that."

(Tanna Mayer. "Bald Women." Beauty And The April 7, 2013)

Angelica Galindez

One Very Daring Bald Beauty

19-year-old Angelica Galindez, a beautiful young lady from Salt Lake City, is preparing for the next round of a beauty pageant, after winning a crown in a competition last weekend. The catch, she has no hair.

Galindez was diagnosed with a condition called Alopecia, when she was 12. She had lost nearly all her hair by the time she was in high school.

"The hard part was just looking at myself in the mirror," says Angelica, who is now completely bald. "It was very challenging, I cried a lot, I slept a lot, just to sleep away the pain," she says.

Today, Angelica wears a wig and works as a beautician, often working with women dealing with hair loss. Recently, she shunned the hairpiece and stepped into the bright lights, courageously entering a beauty pageant.

"My grandmother's friend sent a picture of me, and he called me up and said, 'do you want to be in it?'"

Initially, Angelica admits she was hesitant to participate, but she decided to take advantage of an opportunity that could encourage other people who are dealing with hair loss.

Organizers initially accepted Angelica into the pageant based on a picture of her wearing a wig, but they would learn she had no hair.

"When I finally was committed to it, I asked, 'can I do this without my wig?'" Angelica says organizers completely embraced her courage to participate in her natural form.

Angelica lives in Salt Lake City, but her Filipino father qualifies her to compete in the Miss Philippines Earth, Pageant. She spent a few days last week in California, competing with dozens of other young Filipino women, who live in the US.

"I surprised myself, because I didn't think I could do it," says Angelica. "I was trying to dance backstage to pump myself up, cause I've never done anything like this before, never performed in front of anyone."

Angelica was awarded one of six victory crowns. She earned the title of Miss Philippines Water 2014.

"All they really told me was 'get prepared to go to the Philippines and tone up,' it's a lot of work to be in a pageant."

Angelica will spend the next several months preparing for the next round that takes place in April.

(Chris Miller. "Bald SLC Woman Crowned Beauty Queen."  
Sinclair Broadcasting Group. November 4, 2013)

My Take

Perhaps we should edit an old saying in this manner: "A woman’s head is her crowning glory." Whether it is covered with cylindrical, keratinized, pigmented filaments growing from the epidermis or not, women are beautiful, charming creatures. Anyone who claims a female cannot be beautiful without a crown of hair should question his or her stereotypes of elegance and allure.

As far as a woman's sexual potency and desirability, I believe her magic comes much more from what is inside of her skull than from what adorns her head from the outside. Let's face it, some bald females are simply beautiful. And some of these ladies are bewitching in their appearance because of their confidence to defy convention. Hot and hairless can be synonymous.

Hair? I love females with attractive hair. However, I love even more those females who realize honest revelation of their beguiling souls is the best indication of their sexiness. Baldness? Bald women  naturally have my undivided attention, and their beautiful features make me realize hair isn't a necessary feature of a provocative babe. 

"There is in every true woman's heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity."

--Washington Irving

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