The iconic Miss America Pageant has been turning heads since its inception 75 years ago. Tuesday night, Miss Kansas, Sgt. Theresa Vail, of the U.S. Army caused a commotion with her tattoo of the serenity prayer:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
While Vail is the second contestant in the military to compete at Miss America, she is the first to openly bear ink. Tattoos are not seen as taboo in everyday life, however, in pageantry, women spend big bucks covering their beloved ink.
Vail recently told People Magazine, “Why am I choosing to bear my tattoos? 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.”
Miss Kansas has a growing list of fans on social media, many sharing their hopes of her taking the big crown on Sunday.
The Miss America Pageant airs live on Sunday night at 9 PM EST on ABC. For more information log onto: www.missamerica.org