Pinay with Alopecia, Angelica Galindez, wins Miss Philippines Earth - USA 2013

Angelica Galindez from Salt Lake City, Utah was initially accepted into the Miss Philippines Earth - USA 2013 contest based on a photograph of her wearing a long, brunette hairpiece.  

It was her first time entering a beauty pageant. But prior to competing, she had one question for organizers: "Can I not wear my wig?"

Fortunately, they said yes.

Galindez was diagnosed with alopecia when she was 12 years old.

The 19-year-old will now move on to the pageant's national-level competition in April.

“This could be an opportunity to show the world that girls like me could be classically beautiful, too.”

The taped pageant will air on Sunday, November 17 on The Filipino Channel and The LifeStyle Network.
Although she lives in Salt Lake City, Angelica's Filipino father (pictured) qualifies her to compete in the Miss Philippines Earth USA contest

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