American Idol alum Kellie Pickler, notorious not only for her sweet country tone, but also her fit figure and gorgeous golden locks, has been creating a lot of buzz recently—and we’re talking literally. The country crooner has shaved her head!
The act comes as a supportive gesture to her longtime best friend, 36-year-old Summer Miller, who was diagnosed with breast cancer this past June and starts chemotherapy today.
Just in time for October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Pickler's bald head is receiving an outpour of support from the media and fans. Ellen Degeneres, who dons a super-short chic cut herself, tweeted at the star, “@kelliepickler, you have never looked more beautiful,” and linked to an article about the new 'do.
Pickler created a new hashtag to ignite the conversation about her friend: #SayAPrayerForSummer. Also on twitter, she shared thoughts on being G.I. Jane for Halloween—a costume that would fit nicely with her new bare scalp.
The news broke on Good Morning America in a video featuring Pickler and Miller getting their new looks. In a touching interview with the two, Pickler refers to Miller as her "sister," and in a statement to ABC News, she says, "Cancer does not discriminate." Miller also adds, “If this compels even one person to change their mentality toward waiting until the age of 40 for their mammogram, then it will be worth it." Miller is also keeping a blog to track her journey, which you can read here.
Pickler’s main message through this courageous act is that early detection is key. Don't know how to give yourself a quick breast exam? Here are the easy steps.
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