She's a redneck boy's dream come true. Theresa Vail is a bowhunter, an M-16 sharpshooter, skydiver, national guard soldier, grease monkey, and also Miss Kansas. She's been a motorcycle racing queen and can skin out a deer with the best of them. And if that wasn't enough to melt your heart, she is also devastatingly beautiful.
She is not, to say the least, your typical beauty queen contestant. She will also differ from past and present contestants in another way. She intends to let the whole world see her tattoos, which include the Serenity Prayer and the army's medical insignia. Usually contestants have their tattoos removed or covered strategically by their bathing suit.
The Serenity Prayer
“I was growing up amidst the bullying and neglect, I found myself asking God on a daily basis to give me peace in knowing I cannot change certain things about myself, but also asking Him to give me the strength to change things that I had the power to. Praying to Him for these characteristics got me through my adolescent years, high school and boot camp. When I was 20 years old, I knew I wanted to always be reminded of my past and its connection to this prayer. Thus, I chose to have it tattooed onto my body. I have no regrets.”
Miss Vail is unlikely to start a new trend anytime soon. Miss America judges are notoreously politically correct, and any contestant who doesn't toe the oline, will see her chances of winning the Pageant disappear quicker than the average employee at five o'clock.
She will be a breath of fresh air into what has become, a musty old yearly tradition.