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.”
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”
‘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
Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail, Refuses To Cover Huge Tattoo In Miss America Pageant
The Miss America pageant, which airs this Sunday (September 15th) on ABC is undoubtedly one of the most conservative pageants around. I mean, this IS a beauty pageant that is supposed to showcase America’s most beautiful and talented ladies that are exceptional role models that little girls can look up to….right?
Wrong. At least according to Theresa Vail who is currently holding the crown for Miss Kansas.At first glance of any of her glamour shots, Miss Kansas looks well….like any beauty pageant contestant. The typical ‘girl next door’ all American girl - Beautiful flowing blonde hair, legs for days, abs that every woman dreams of and a smile that kills.
Oh and did we mention she could kick your boyfriends ass? Quite literally. She’s one of only two women in the military to compete in the Miss America pageant - the first was Miss Utah in 2007 who was in the Army National Guard. Theresa quickly went from the cute girl next door to the M16 marksman, bow huntin’, rifle shootin’, deer skinnin’, motorcycle ridin’, skydivin’, Chinese speakin’, chemistry lovin’, wrench head.
Yea. She’s THAT kind of badass. She enlisted in the Kansas Army National guard a few short weeks after turning 17 with the goal of becoming an Army dentist - until a breaking all the fingers in her right hand. Most women have a mental break down if the break a nail. Not this one. Vail is currently a senior at Kansas State University who is double majoring in Chinese and chemistry (just blew your mind didn’t it?).
So we assume now you understand that Theresa isn’t the type of woman that ignores women’s issues that are constantly plastered all over the news or gets quiet when the topic comes up - she kicks them in the gonads and keeps going.
It’s been an 'unspoken rule’ at the Miss America pageant (and really pageants in general) that you cover your tattoos - so you can imagine the looks on everyone’s faces when, during the bikini portion of the Miss America preliminaries earlier this week, Sergeant Theresa Vail came out with a a large script tattoo on her right side and the U.S. Army Dental Corps insignia on her left shoulder completely exposed.
So of course this caused a huge stir in the media and the pageant world - which is completely ridiculous.As Theresa said, “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.”