The long revered mullet hairstyle is back in business, at least in the front, because we all know it’s a party in the back!
Breast cancer survivor Lissa Sears just won the USA Mullet Championships with a pink version of “short in front, long in back.”
Lissa, who was diagnosed “several years ago”, has been expressing herself with bold styles since beating the disease. “Who I am. I’m just doing it because ‘YODO:’ You only die once. Live every day, take every risk,” Lissa said.
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The competition, held at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis, included different categories: adult women, adult men, children and teenagers.
Knowing that mullets get attention, some laughing at you rather than at you, is normal with the famous 80s hairstyle, but mullet individuals these days are usually in on the joke.
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“I saw a meme once that said, ‘If anyone has a mule, they don’t care, believe it,’ and it’s true,” Lissa said. “It brings me joy. It doesn’t matter at the end of the day.
“I get pulled over in the street every day. It’s not that they like pink. It’s not that they like a mule. They like that I have the courage and the ability to step out of my box. Do something I wanted to do for me.
It was Lissa’s first competition, and her big win earned her a spot in the “Top 25 for Mane Event” this fall. “It’s not like a hot dog contest,” she noted. “You train for years. You can’t wake up one day with a mule.
Self-expression after chemotherapy-related hair loss
While some women choose to prevent hair loss by cooling the scalp during chemo, many others report feeling liberated by going bald and finding a brave new version of themselves after cancer.
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Survivor Kara Ladd was 24 and had just started her life in New York when she was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma. Like Lissa, Kara says she was completely taken aback after the diagnosis, and it really forced her to step back and look at the life she was leading. “I was working too hard, I was stretching too hard, I was partying too much… my life was moving at such a fast pace and I didn’t know how to stop,” Kara told SurvivorNet. “When I was diagnosed with cancer, I was forced to pause and figure out who I really was and what my purpose was.”
Bold, bald and beautiful: Kara Ladd met a new version of herself after her cancer diagnosis
Like many people in her situation, Kara’s priorities changed a lot after her diagnosis. A young woman who couldn’t imagine herself without hair suddenly felt like a badass when she had to shave her head. “I see the world in a totally different way now,” Kara says.
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