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Theresa Vail, Miss Kansas, takes part in the swimsuit competition during the first night of the Miss America Pageant.

Edward Lea, The Press of Atlantic City via AP

Miss Kansas shows tattoos at Miss America pageant

  • Associated Press
  • September 12, 2013 - 7:59 PM

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Miss Kansas Theresa Vail says she wants to break the stereotype that women with visible tattoos don't compete in pageants.

So during the swimsuit portion of the Miss America competition on Tuesday, Vail revealed two tattoos — the Serenity Prayer on her right side and the insignia of the U.S. Army Dental Corps on her left shoulder.

Vail is a 22-year-old senior at Kansas State University. She's also a member of the Army National Guard who wants to become a military dentist.

Her platform is helping women overcome stereotypes and break barriers.

Given her platform, she wrote on her blog last month: "What a hypocrite I would be if I covered the ink."

The Miss America pageant is back in Atlantic City, N.J., after a six-year absence. The finale will be Sunday night.

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