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Theresa Vail Becomes First Miss America Contestant To Show Tattoos

Thu, September 12, 2013 8:58am EDT by 3 Comments
Theresa Vail Tattoos
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Who says ink can’t be classy!? Miss Kansas started to change the way we see pageant contestants on Sept. 11, taking the stage in a bikini that put her sizable tattoos on display. What a game changer!

The Miss America pageant isn’t always the first place you look for edgy contestants, but Miss Kansas Theresa Vail, 22, is beginning to change that perception.

Theresa Vail Reveals Tattoos During Miss America

Theresa, who is also a member of the Army National Guard, took the stage at the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J. on Sept. 11 and proudly flaunted her true colors — and ink! In a skimpy red bikini, Theresa let judges and the entire audience see her torso tattoo — an inscription of the Serenity Prayer — as well as the U.S. Army Dental Corps insignia that’s inked on her left shoulder during the first round of Miss America preliminaries.

She’s the first Miss America contestant ever to wear her tattoos proudly during the pageant, and the Kansas State University senior is consciously making an effort to help women like her overcome arbitrary barriers like this one. “What a hypocrite I would be if I covered the ink,” Theresa wrote on her blog prior to the pageant.

Theresa Vail: Helping Women Overcome Barriers In A Bikini

Theresa’s two tattoos are as much a part of her as her smile or her thoughts on world peace, so it makes sense that she’d wear them proudly. Even though she’s the first woman in a Miss America pageant to bare herself like this, she is able to take solace in the idea that she is just doing what any other contestant would do — broadcasting her full, true personality.

“She feels very confident in the decisions she’s made for the tattoos she has,” said Susan Franz-Koslowsky, a Miss Kansas board member. “They both have very deep meaning for her.”

This platform stance, encouraging all women to stay true to themselves, should be what Miss America is all about. She definitely has our vote!

The finale to the Miss America pageant is on Sunday night, Sept. 15.

What do you think of Miss Kansas showing her tattoos, HollywoodLifers? Do you love how she’s breaking tradition? Let us know!

WATCH: Miss Kansas 2013 Theresa Vail

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