Miss Kansas Theresa Vail made history on Tuesday, September 10 as she became the first Miss America pageant contestant to display her tattoos during the bikini portion of the preliminary competition of the 2014 Miss America Pageant, which held at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, reports Irish Independent.
Theresa Vail, who is a Kansas Army National Guard Medical Detachment Sergeant, became the second contestant in the army to take part in the beauty pageant after Miss Utah Jill Stevens in 2007.
The 22-year-old blonde who her pageant platform: "Empowering Women; Overcoming Stereotypes and Breaking Barriers.", walked on stage wearing red bikini, showing off her two big tattoos, the Serenity Prayer on her rib on her right side and she have also the insignia for the U.S. Army Dental Corps tattoo on her left shoulder.
" 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." Theresa told People magazine before the display.
Miss America 2014 final competition will be held on Sunday, September 15 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.