A Miss America contestant exposed her tattoos for the swimsuit segment of the competition in Atlantic City Tue. night. CBS News reports Sept. 11 that Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail, is aiming to break stereotypes.
"Why am I choosing to bear my tattoos?" Vail said. "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."
Vail showed off two tattoos that were the Serenity Prayer on her right side and the insignia of the U.S. Army Dental Corps on her left shoulder.
The Miss America contestant is a 22-years-old and a senior at Kansas State University. She's also a member of the Army National Guard is working to become a military dentist.
Vail's tattoo display goes along with her platform of helping empower women and overcome stereotypes.
Contestants over the years are breaking more stereotypes all the time. Each year people are hearing more about women with something never seen in pageants unafraid to compete. Tattoos haven't been part of the Miss America or any other pageant in the past. Will Vail be successful in breaking this barrier? With the immense popularity of tattoos in society, Miss Kansas will be a huge inspiration for women who have them. Instead of feeling they're something to hide or inappropriate to show off, body ink might be more accepted as a form of individuality in beauty contests.
Are you happy about seeing Theresa Vail reveal her tattoos in the Miss America pageant?