Did Katie Leave 'The Bachelor' Because of Her Hair?

01/15/2013 at 11:30 AM ET

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So last night on The Bachelor, there was some drama when contestant Katie decided to leave the show. The 27-year-old yoga instructor from Woodstock, Ill. (who showed up on last week’s premiere sans shoes) seemed out of her comfort zone, and prior to the rose ceremony, told bachelor Sean Lowe she was outta there.

According to NYU sociologist Dr. Anna Akbari, whom we called upon last week to offer expert commentary, Katie might have left because she doesn’t have long, straight hair.

“All the girls have long, below-the-shoulder hair, except for one, Brooke,” Akbari tells PEOPLE. “This type of traditional femininity is the rule and the norm on The Bachelor — there doesn’t appear to be much room for androgyny or ‘edginess.’”

Curly-haired Katie, who declared “I don’t fit in” during a group date on Monday night, may have “felt like an outsider amongst the seas of smooth blowouts,” Akbari continues. “Perhaps sensing her aesthetic incompatibility — which may have linked with some intrinsic differences — Katie did not wait for the rose ceremony [to leave].”

Sure, it’s slightly shallow — but could it be true? Tell us: Why do you think Katie left? Could it, subconsciously, have to do with outward appearances? 

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me on

I dont watch the show but I love her hair. I have curly hair myself and always wished I had straight. I know how she feels….

Casey on

The hair was horrid. She really needed to step it up with that tangle of curls. It made her stand apart looking messy and disheveled.

Leslie on

She left because she’s smart….

debbiett on

If her hair had looked like this picture on the show last night that might have been ok, but it was a frizzy mess. Sorry, in these days and times there is no excuse for hair to look like that. There are too many products to repair it now. Even Katie knows that or it wouldn’t look so good in this picture as compared to…… There was more going on than that for her to just leave.

Mieacha Grey on

I think she was very smart to leave the show. Love should not be a competition.

R on

Not sure how someone’s hair is any indication of who they are as a person. I am so glad to be living in such shallow times.

chrisbaron42 on

I could see something like that prompting her to leave, even if she was not consciously aware of it. I am sure that everyone has gotten the distinct feeling that they don’t belong somewhere, and little cues like all of the other girls having different hair is what sets that off. I was talking to a coworker at DISH who thought that Katie was crazy for leaving, but I don’t hold it against her at all. I missed the first part of the show because my roommates were using both of the TVs, but thankfully I was able to catch up with a recording on my DISH Hopper. I love how it can record up to six shows at once during primetime, so I never miss anything!

Charlie on

Katie has a blog: sweet tatter blog its a health living blog or something like that and her hair always looks beautiful she truly is a gorgeous girl!

the hammer on

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