The Second-Grader Who Just Won Little Miss Wisconsin Lives With Alopecia
When Jaclyn Larson walked into the hair and makeup room at the Little Miss Wisconsin United States pageant, she felt a moment of sheer panic. Not because Jaclyn was a contestant—that was to be her daughter, Joslyn—but because as she looked around the room, Jaclyn saw dozens of young girls attending to something that her daughter does not have: hair.
Joslyn was diagnosed with Alopecia Areata two years ago. The condition causes hair loss to varying degrees on different parts of the body, and for Joslyn, the hair on her head had recently fallen out to such a degree that the 8-year-old told her parents that she wanted to shave it completely and embrace her bald head.
"My hair was falling out anyways," Joslyn says, "and I thought it was really annoying me so I shaved everything off."
And the loss of her hair didn't slow down Joslyn's dream of competing in the Little Miss Wisconsin United States pageant. In fact, she went in with confidence.
"Because if you're not (confident), then you'll be just scared of everything," says the remarkably brave young girl.
With her victory, Joslyn will next head to Orlando to compete for the national crown!