Whenever someone mentions Miss America, people imagine faceless pretty women in pretty dresses usually saying stupid things.
However, Miss America contestant Theresa Vail is a whole new level of awesome that the pageant has never seen before. Competing as Miss Kansas, Vail already kicked things off by writing this inspirational bit on her personal blog:
“If there is one thing that competing has taught me, it’s that you need to be unapologetically yourself and not let others dictate how you feel.”
The pageant girl is a member of the Kansas National Guard’s Medical Detachment. She’s also a skydiver, boxer and advocate for young girls.
Vail also has several tattoos that she’s refusing to cover up during the competition and will even display them proudly during the swimsuit round. This is something no other competitor has ever done before. She stated:
Why am I choosing to bear my tattoos? Reference A; my platform! Empowering women to OVERCOME stereotypes and break barriers. What a hypocrite I would be if I covered the ink. With my platform, how could I tell other women to be fearless and be true to themselves if I can’t do the same?… I am who I am, tattoos and all.
On top of all of this, she used to race motorcycles, is the second service member to ever compete in the pageant, and is fluent in chinese!
Her goal is to be an inspiration to young women after she was bullied as a child. When her father took her hunting with him, it stopped her from wanting to commit suicide. Since then her passion has been to empower girls through male-dominated outdoor sports.
To celebrate just how awesome Miss Kansas is, we’ve put together a gallery of her at Sourcefednews.com. Check it out!
Miss New York was crowned Miss America over the weekend, and is the first Indian-American woman to wear the crown.
While some are elated for Nina Davuluri, others are downright hateful. Several racist tweets and posts have been highlighted regarding the win, with some stating that fan-favorite Theresa Vail is the “real” Miss America.
The problem with this viewpoint is that it goes against everything that Vail has claimed she stands for. Vail is someone who wanted to break barriers and provide a beacon of strength and hope for a younger generation.
It is breaking a barrier for Miss New York to have won, something in my opinion, I feel Vail would support.
The level of ignorance displayed by the American people who chose to voice their hatred for a woman who is American is not only disheartening, it’s sickening.
Some people even had the gall to bring up 9/11, while others called her a terrorist.
However, Miss New York is Indian and she has never been connected to any terrorist organizations.
Who she is as a person is what matters, not her skin tone.
This brave bitch is the only reason I’m watching the Miss America pageant right now; Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail.
“[when asked about her message] Empowering women to overcome stereotypes and break barriers. We all face challenges in society. We’re placed under certain convictions and we feel we have to stay under them and I want people to know, it doesn’t matter what society says. It doesn’t matter what the quote, unquote rules say. You can do whatever you want, whatever you set your mind to, that’s what I did when I showed my tattoos.”
‘There She Is…’: Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail, is the 1st Miss America contestant to show off her tattoos (The one on her right side is the Serenity Prayer) She’s a US Army sergeant, expert marksman, bow hunter, mechanic, and she also sings opera… Her story: http://t.co/DbauPBMndk 9/14/13
Might I ask why we are not all currently talking about Miss Kansas?
-shes in the army
-she started pageants nine months ago and is already Miss Kansas
- she is an expert marksman and a mechanic
-when they told her she couldn’t use archery as her talent during the pageant 48 hours before the talent competition, she learned to sing opera off of youtube and WON.
-she has two large tattoos and decided not to cover them up during the swimsuit portion. when they asked her why she said:
“Why am I choosing to bear my tattoos? Reference A; my platform! Empowering women to OVERCOME stereotypes and break barriers. What a hypocrite I would be if I covered the ink. With my platform, how could I tell other women to be fearless and be true to themselves if I can’t do the same? But I am who I am, tattoos and all”