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Miss Kansas Shows Tattoos At Miss America Pageant

Associated Press - September 11, 2013 4:00 pm

Miss Kansas Theresa Vail says she wants to break the stereotype that women with visible tattoos don’t compete in pageants.

So during the swimsuit portion of the Miss America competition on Tuesday, Vail revealed two tattoos – the Serenity Prayer on her right side and the insignia of the U.S. Army Dental Corps on her left shoulder.

Vail is a 22-year-old senior at Kansas State University. She’s also a member of the Army National Guard who wants to become a military dentist.

Her platform is helping women overcome stereotypes and break barriers.

Given her platform, she wrote on her blog last month: “What a hypocrite I would be if I covered the ink.”

The Miss America pageant is back in Atlantic City, N.J., after a six-year absence. The finale will be Sunday night.

Red Neck

September 11, 2013 at 11:58 pm

Miss American is not decorated with tramp stamps so this here gal should go back to school and get a degree because her disfiguring her body will not earn her to be Miss America.


September 12, 2013 at 7:37 am


Amanda Baker

September 12, 2013 at 8:29 am

Did you not read the whole article? She currently is a senior at KSU. If you look her up on the internet you will also see that she is a double major in Chinese and Chemistry. Not to mention an expert M16 marksman, a bow hunter, a skydiver, a boxer and a mechanic. I’m proud she is from Kansas and is breaking the typical beauty queen stereotype.

Kansas Boy

September 12, 2013 at 8:30 am

What year is this??? Oh yeah 2013. I think she is beautiful with her body art. It is not a sign of being a tramp Red Neck. Maybe you should try to come to our century. Curious?? Do you have any “Tramp Stamps”?

Anita Mann

September 12, 2013 at 8:55 am

Red Neck sorry I hurt your feelings and will be nicer…bahahahah seriously your name says it all. This woman is smart beautiful and has a future. None of which will be affected by your insane response lol

Red Neck

September 12, 2013 at 6:55 pm

I do ot believe in defacing my beautiful body to answer one of your questions. It nice to know she has something to feall back on after she loses. This may be 2013 but the majority of people find these tramps stamps to be offensive.


September 14, 2013 at 3:52 pm

All I can say is……YUMMY!!

Red Neck

September 15, 2013 at 10:20 pm

update as I said she would not win so back to school and now all she can do is watch what happens to these tattoo’s as she ages.

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