The latest look in the pageant business: a bald beauty queen.So if you want to see Tara with the cueball look, go to her St. Baldrick's site and give now!
It required permission from both the Miss America Organization and state pageant officials, but Miss Virginia 2008 Tara Wheeler will shave her head next month if she generates enough money for pediatric cancer research.
"If I raise $500,000, I am allowed to be a bald Miss Virginia," Wheeler told us yesterday. . . .
The 24-year-old military brat/journalism major came up with the idea two months ago when she was invited to an event for St. Baldrick's Foundation, a charity for kids' cancer research. The fundraising gimmick? Participants set donation goals and, if they meet them, shave their heads.
Wheeler thought to herself, "I could do that." No shrinking violet, she was starting goalie for the women's ice hockey team at Penn State, which she attended on an Air Force ROTC scholarship. In college, she also began volunteering in charity dance marathons, and is an ambassador for the Children's Miracle Network. She was crowned Miss Virginia in June, and has been visiting cancer patients in hospitals ever since.
One thing that bugged her were the little girls who were teased about losing their hair. Wouldn't it be cool if she were bald, too? "Imagine how those little girls will feel when they get a visit from Miss Virginia and she pulls off her wig?" Wheeler says in a YouTube video.
UPDATE: Shaving it for charity catches on!