September 05, 2012 11:31 AM by Stephanie Gustafson
American Idol alum Kellie Pickler is known for her lovely singing. She’s also attracted plenty of attention with her physical appearance — in particular, her mane of beautiful blonde hair. So why in the world would Kellie shave it all off?
Celebs have been busy making statements with their crazy hair changes. Miley Cyrus is the best example, but she’s not the only one to chop off her hair. At first glance, it might seem like Kellie Pickler is just following a trend, but there’s actually a whole lot more to her newly-shaved head. The star shaved off her hair in order to support her best friend, Summer Holt Miller. Summer was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and will begin chemotherapy shortly.
In addition to supporting her friend, Kellie Pickler is hoping to raise awareness of breast cancer, a disease many people assume doesn’t strike women until later in life. This did not prove the case for Summer Miller, who was only 35 years old at the time of diagnosis. In a brief statement to ABC, Kellie explained, “Cancer does not discriminate.” Her friend Summer added, “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.”
Although the new hairdo comes as a surprise for many, Kellie’s actually been hinting at it for awhile. She provided a quick teaser for her Twitter followers, announcing, “It’s been a great life-changing day.” An hour later, the singer tweeted, “Be sure to watch Good Morning America tomorrow morning (Sept 5th). You won’t want to miss this!!! ;)”
We admire Kellie Pickler’s spirit of friendship and philanthropy. Summer Miller is lucky to have such a great support system!
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