Miss America Pageant to see first tattoo on the catwalk
Miss Kansas, Sgt. Theresa Vail, to reveal her ink during competition
The Miss America pageant airs Sunday, Sept. 15, but the preliminary competitions started Sept. 9 and one badass beauty is already making news. Miss Kansas, Sgt. Theresa Vail, is going where no contestant has gone before by refusing to hide her two giant tattoos during the bikini walk. Plus, MSN TV has Vail's Miss America video promo.
"Why am I choosing to [bare] my tattoos?" Vail said in a recent interview. "My whole platform is empowering women to overcome stereotypes and break barriers. What a hypocrite I would be if I covered my ink. How can I tell other women to be fearless and true to themselves if I can't do the same? I am who I am, tattoos and all."
Kansas Army National Guard Sergeant Vail boasts the insignia for the U.S. Army Dental Corps on her left shoulder and has the Serenity Prayer running down her entire right side. A newbie to the pageant circuit, Vail is a senior at Kansas State University, majoring in Chinese and chemistry; an expert M16 marksman; a bow hunter; a skydiver; a boxer; a mechanic and former motorcycle racer.
Bullied as a child, Vail found her way through a tough time after a hunting trip with her father, according to the story.
"My passion is empowering girls through male-dominated outdoor sports," she revealed. "I want to help them develop confidence, to let them know that they have what it takes to accomplish anything they want to accomplish. I know many young girls look at beauty candidates and think, 'What a perfect life they have.' But I want them to know that I haven't led a perfect life. And that beauty comes from the inside."
Vail got into the pageant game nine months ago, on the suggestion of her commanding officer. When Vail learned 48 hours before the Miss Kansas pageant that she couldn't shoot arrows as a talent, she threw herself into preparing to perform opera -- and managed to win the silver tray in the Miss Kansas pageant!
"I'd never sung opera in my life," Vail said. "I had an appreciation for it and I sang soprano in choir back in high school, but I hadn't sung since then and certainly never opera."
The 2014 Miss America Competition preliminary contests began Tuesday in Atlantic City and the Vail didn't take a win for her tattooed bikini walk or her talent. Miss New Hampshire, Samantha Russo, was named Talent winner for her vocal performance of "Don't Rain On My Parade"; while Miss Mississippi, Chelsea Rick, was the preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness winner in a black and gold Catalina swimsuit.
That doesn't mean Vail is out of the Miss America game and while she hasn't won anything yet, between her tattoo and her badass story, the sergeant is getting all the press -- and with reason! She sounds like quite a woman.
Miss America airs live Sunday, Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
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cheesehead, guess you have never been wiht a woman that has had a tattoo, they a special breed, independent and strong will, just look at her, damn!!!! Probally sexiest Miss American contestant ever. hot bod, killer bod and smile, hair incredible, and confidence plus a tat, damn near perfect
What happen to her tattoos in the blue bikini? I didn't see them. Did she get them afterward? I noticed when I was stationed in Oklahoma lots of girls were getting the seratus anterior tats. Had not seen that a lot in florida. Some in El Paso with a lot of young Latinas. I was curious if she hid them for the other contest.
I am active duty and think its great she entered. However, I am not a fan of the tattoos. We have tons of soldiers getting out of the military now and they can't get jobs cause of their tats. I don't see it being attractive and if it is making it way like Kaepernicks tattoos on a QB did last year for a article great.
I do think tattoos should remain taboo. They are getting ready to throw the hammer down in the military for tattoos. We have more guys that look like a criminal lineup then a hero lineup. So if there are those that like great. I am not a fan.
Why are people surprised? It's very rare that when I go somewhere I don't see someone with a tattoo. Get over it. Also, why do people have to attack her, her religion or anything else about her. What's the point?
That damn eye makeup makes me want to use some green scrub pads on her face. Gimmick, "Hey look at me I'm a beauty contestant that joined the National Guard and made sure to go into the dental field where I'll be safe and far away from any enemy actions, if I should ever actually leave the United States because of my service. But because I wear a uniform, everyone will call me Brave and say that I'm a hero." Then there are the tattoos, bad choice and ugly, but like the uniform she wears they make a great gimmick to help her gain notoriety.
Make a rule for all beauty pageants, both adult and child pageants:
"The purpose of a beauty pageant is to measure a person's beauty both physical and mental. In order to measure true physical beauty the use of any makeup or tattoos will be grounds for immediate disqualification. Also, any surgeries performed to alter one's a appearance dermal or dental." Let's see the truth!
what state voted her the hottest, smartest girl to represent them?....sure hope it wasn't MN.....who tats the drunk prayer on their side and thinks it's a good idea?.....a raccoon?
What an appropriate contestant for Miss America! A veteran, beautiful and tattoos! It truly disgusts me how people can label women as unintelligent, trashy, have no morals, insecure, etc just because they have tattoos. It's ridiculous how absurd and ignorant you sound. A beautiful woman that once served our country, and all you have to say is she's trash for her tattoos. Take a good hard look at yourselves. News flash: Being a non tattooed person doesn't make you any better.
I commend this woman for breaking the mold of "traditional" beauty. We need more female role models for young women that are different from the norm.
From one active duty tattooed woman to another, you have my full support!