WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Hair loss can be upsetting for anyone, but it's especially devastating for women. A beauty queen from North Carolina didn't let baldness get her down, instead it turned out to be her crowning touch.
Sandra Dubose Gibson never imagined herself as a contestant in a beauty pageant. During the talent portion of the event, Gibson shocked the audience by revealing she's bald.
Gibson has a condition known as alopecia. She started losing her hair when she was 25 years old. Alopecia is an autoimmune condition in which certain cells in your body temporarily shut off hair production.
Dr. Jonathan Crane said steroid injections have proven to be an effective treatment for most patients, but not in cases like Gibson's. She has alopecia universalis which yields a slim chance of hair growing back.
Gibson was crowned Mrs. Black North Carolina and is traveling across the state inspiring other women with this condition. She's even produced a documentary.
Governor Beverly Perdue has invited Gibson to speak at a women's conference in Charlotte this November. She will be speaking in Wilmington Saturday at the New Hanover County library at 1:00 p.m.