Thursday, September 12, 2013
The first tattooed Miss America?
One of the contestants in this year's Miss America Pageant will stand out during the swimsuit competition. Miss Kansas Theresa Vail is believed to be the first contestant in the 93-year history of the pageant to display a tattoo - actually two of them. It was much easier for women to hide tattoos when Miss America required a one-piece bathing suit, but now that the girls compete in bikinis, it's a lot harder to conceal the body art. A recent Harris Poll revealed that one if five American adults have tattoos. Women are slightly more likely than men, for the first time since this question was first asked, to have a tattoo (now 23% versus 19%), according to Harris. In case you're wondering what the tattoo on Ms. Vail's side says, it's the Serenity Prayer (God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.) The other tattoo on her body is the insignia for the U.S. Army Dental Corps on her left shoulder. This is what Ms. Vail told People magazine about her decision to compete: "Why am I choosing to bear my tattoos?" Vail says. "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." Here's something else you probably didn't know about Ms. Vail. The 23-year-old is a sergeant in the Kansas Army National Guard. Miss America will be crowned Sunday from Atlantic City, N.J.