Beauty pageants are all about aesthetics. So when Sandra Dubose-Gibson entered the Mrs. Black North Carolina pageant, many weren’t sure she had a shot at the crown.

You see, at 25 Dubose-Gibson began losing her hair due to alopecia. Although alopecia is a common disorder, when she began losing her hair, Dubose-Gibson was depressed. (You know how Black women are about our hair, right?) However, she soon realized that her hair wasn’t what made her beautiful.

“I was chosen to carry this burden, and it’s not a burden at all,” Dubose-Gibson said. “It’s really been a blessing for me.”

After coming to terms with the loss, Dubose-Gibson started a support group for women with alopecia and even made a documentary about her experience with the disease.

“My mission is to be the catalyst that enables women to heal the experiences that have eroded and challenged their self-esteem,” she said in a statement. “I am here to help them see the beautiful human beings they truly are and boldly celebrate that beauty and strength from the inside out.”

As the 2011 Mrs. Black North Carolina, Dubose-Gibson will travel the state encouraging women to love and value themselves.




“North Carolina crowns first bald beauty queen” [WRAL]

First bald beauty queen crowned in North Carolina [Jezebel]


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  • Tami

    i admire you, Sandra…I am losing my hair also…But I know I could never walk around bald. I will walk around to the day I died, wearing weaves & wigs…You are truly a courageous woman.

  • Mimi

    I agree with you Tami. I’ve had alopecia for 15 years now and you will NEVER catch me without some type of hair on my head and I make no apologies for it and don’t feel bad about it. As someone who works in the professional world I have to. Besides, I don’t want people looking at me and pointing and staring and thinking I have cancer or whatever. I am not trying to be white, I am not ashamed of my blackness, or any of the other idiotic statements I’ve heard over the years. While I applaud Sandra for her choice, it is also the choice of women who have this disease to do whatever feels comfortable for them, be it being bald and proud or rocking a weave, wig or lace front and being proud.

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