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.”
Well Sergeant Theresa Vail - YOU GO GIRL!
via @TonyVMiami for TheLocalMiami.com