A Tattooed Miss Kansas Vies for National Crown


Miss Kansas Theresa Vail is competing for the Miss America crown.

She could, maybe, be the first beauty pageant contestant to sport a tattoo, but determining that would necessitate reportage on the obscured derrieres and other regions of hundreds of past contestants.

So we’ll just say Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail, is the first beauty queen to prominently sport a large tattoo during a pageant.

But that’s not the only thing that sets her apart from most bombshells. The Miss America contestant also hunts deer with a bow and is an M16 marskman (markswoman?) serving in the U.S. Army while double-majoring in Chinese and chemistry at Kansas State. Oh, and she’s working on her private pilot’s license.

“I’m all about breaking stereotypes,” she said. “Everybody thinks of Miss America as this girl on a pedestal. I want her to come down from that. She is just a normal girl.”

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