Hair-story: Tara Wheeler, before and after. Photo: Ethan Miller, Getty Images | MyFox.com



Top-tier beauty pageant contestants always run with a philanthropic platform, but how many of them actually put their money where their mouth is?

Once the cameras go away, are they really that involved in charity?

Well, Miss Virginia 2008 Tara Wheeler showed her devotion to fighting pediatric cancer by shaving her head, proving that she's more than just a pretty face (although that does make having no hair a wee bit easier).

Wheeler made a bold promise last spring (while she was still the title holder) that she would shave her head for charity. Not wanting a bald Miss Virginia, pageant officials only agreed to it if she could first raise $500,000. It soon became clear that it wasn't going to happen, but Wheeler did manage to raise over $30,000 -- not a bad chunk of change.

And as soon as her reign was over, Wheeler made good on her promise as a sign of solidarity to kids battling cancer. And she did it in front of a packed bar and Fox News (watch the video, above).

Maybe the former Miss Virginia will find she agrees with Solange Knowles on the liberating feel of having no hair?