Miss America Contestant: A Sergeant With Tattoos
Theresa Vail won't be covering up at this weekend's pageant
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2013 5:39 PM CDT
Theresa Vail, Miss Kansas.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – The Miss America pageant runs this weekend, and it's already drawing more attention than usual for three good reasons: Theresa Vail and her two tattoos. Vail, otherwise known as Miss Kansas, will be putting both tattoos on display in the bikini contest, proudly. One is a military insignia—she's a sergeant in her state's National Guard, making her just the second member of the military to compete—and the other is the serenity prayer, reports People. In a blog post for MissKansas.org, Vail explains why she is breaking pageant tradition:

  • "Why am I choosing to bear my tattoos?" she writes. It's all about "empowering women to OVERCOME stereotypes and break barriers. What a hypocrite I would be if I covered the ink. With my platform, how could I tell other women to be fearless and be true to themselves if I can’t do the same?"
The Huffington Post rounds up more of Vail's attributes: She's fluent in Chinese, an expert in archery, and a former motorcycle racer.

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Sep 14, 2013 10:19 AM CDT
Haters are always going to be around. This woman makes me proud to be a Kansan!
Sep 13, 2013 7:47 AM CDT
When I look at her all I see is fake. Straw hair, coal black eyes, the tat's. The six pack and the giant breasts don't look quite right either. Are we talkin' 'roids and surgery? Plus smokin' hot bad ass girls just annoy me in general. BTW, 'roided up gun totin', biker, bad ass guys do too.
Sep 12, 2013 9:09 PM CDT
Hm... She's looks like Lady Gargoyle!