Tattoo Miss America

Tattoo Miss America contestant Miss Kansas – Sgt. Theresa Vail – was the first to expose tattoos at the Miss America pageant.

Though she didn’t take home the coveted crown, U.S. Army Sgt. Theresa Vail still has plenty to be proud about. As reported in People and countless other publications, Sgt. Vail is a member of the U.S. Army Dental Corps/Kansas Army National Guard, hoping that one day, she will become a dentist in the corps. She was the second contestant in the military to compete in the Miss America pageant (Miss Utah 2007 was a combat medic in the Army National Guard).

Vail, whose father has served as an Army dentist overseas, surprisingly became what some might describe as a “tomboy” in response to bullying: bow hunting, a period of time motorcycle racing, an expert M16 marksman, skydiving, boxing and being a mechanic.


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