Do you think someone with trichotillomania Should be a Beauty Contestant?

United States
March 27, 2008 10:39pm CST
ABC News ran an article about Jena Metts. She wants to be Miss Kentucky - but she pulls out her hair. Do you think that the goal is lofty - or should she go for it. I think I believe that there might be better ways to call attention to this compulsion other that subjecting heself to humiliation. I would believe that the stress of doing this would make the compulsion worse... What do you think? Would it bother you to see a contestant of a beauty pagent with such a "debilitating secret"? Wall
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• United States
28 Mar 08
Although I'm not a fan of beauty contests, I see nothing wrong with why this should matter. It would not bother me at all. I'm sure all of the other beauty contestants have their own secrets too - such as depression, STD's, poor money management skills and much more.
• United States
29 Mar 08
you are absolutly correct! I just worry about cruel people. I say the article on ABC and some of the comments were down right horiffing... I have a friend who has trich, and initally it really bothered me, but eventually I cane to understand it, and it now reminds me of nail bitting. I just wondered what others thought
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• United Kingdom
29 Mar 08
People will be cruel anyway. Many will be cruel for the simple fact that she wants to enter a beauty contest as it is still often consider something that all the contestants are air-heads so if she is worried about cruelty, she wouldn't be entering a beauty contest in the first place, even if there was nothing wrong with her.
@pumpkinjam (5767)
• United Kingdom
29 Mar 08
I am not a fan of beauy contests either but it is a very good way to draw attention to oneself - that's kind of the point isn't it? If the girl believes she has a chance in a beauty contest then that is fantastic. It shows confidence in herself. As the person before me said, she won't be the only one with a problem. I have seen outtakes of beauty contests with people who appear not to even have a brain so having a problem like hers, I don't see is really a problem. And if it sends out a message of that problem and helps other sufferers or people close to a sufferer then I can only see it as a good thing.
• United States
29 Mar 08
So are you saying that beauty pagents should not be about looks, but rather a platform to call attention to issues? If the first impression causes you to stare, Is this the right venue for such an issue. Wouldnt there be etter way to call attention to the issue? Are't beauty pagents a way to earn money for college? (Or was that just in the moveie?) (this is not ment to be a hostle comment - just conversating)
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• United Kingdom
29 Mar 08
I don't know a lot about beauty pageants but I was under the impression that there were several "rounds" and not all were concerned with physical beauty. However, what I was trying to say was that if she wants to publicise the issue and feels that a beauty pageant is a good way to go about it then that's fine. And, surely she would gain yet more publicity via a pageant and would be given several platforms to publicise the issue. It may merely be a stepping stone to get noticed in the firs place. It may however simply be that she wants to enter a beauty contest and if that is the case then why should it matter if she has a compulsive disorder.
• United Kingdom
29 Mar 08
I do see what you mean. I think that as long as she is prepared for whatever may happen then it's up to her. A compulsive disorder doesn't mean she can't think for herself. I personally wouldn't do something like that but if this person really wants to do it, for whatever reason, then it is her own choice. She just needs to be mentally prepared.