Theresa Vail: Miss America Contestant, U.S. Military Sergeant, Archery Expert, Tattooed Badass!

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When you think of a Miss America contestant, Theresa Vail is not who you picture.

A military sergeant and member of the Army National Guard’s Medical Detachment, Vail is an archery expert, amateur boxer and skydiver, with tattoos.

She's also Miss Kansas.

Theresa Vail Photo

"If there is one thing that competing has taught me, it’s that you need to be unapologetically yourself and not let others dictate how you feel," she wrote on her blog.

Theresa Vail, who is competing in Sunday's pageant, will not be covering up her tattoos during the competition - a first for any Miss America hopeful.

Vail has tattoos of the Serenity Prayer and a military medical insignia, and she says she decided to display them proudly during the swimsuit round.

"Why am I choosing to bear my tattoos? Reference A; my platform! Empowering women to OVERCOME stereotypes and break barriers," she writes.

"What a hypocrite I would be if I covered the ink. With my platform, how could I tell other women to be fearless and be true to themselves if I can’t do the same?"

"I am who I am, tattoos and all."

Theresa Vail, Miss Kansas
Theresa Vail in Uniform

Other Theresa Vail fun facts:

  1. She used to race motorcycles, and stopped after breaking all the fingers in her right hand.
  2. She wants to become a dentist.
  3. The student, a Kansas State University senior, is a double major in Chemistry and Chinese, a language in which she is fluent.
  4. She is the second service member to compete for Miss America; 2007 Miss Utah Jill Stevens was a combat medic in Afghanistan.
  5. Her drive to inspire young women comes from her experiences being bullied as a child. "It got so bad that I nearly took my own life," Vail told People.

Should we just hand her the tiara now?

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WHEN MEN START REFUSING TO REGISTER WITH SELECTIVE SERVICE FORCING THE CONGRESS TO MAKE IT MANDATORY FOR ALL FEMALES TO REGISTER FOR THE DRAFT .. YOU'LL REGRET LETTING THESE HOMOS PLAY GAMES WITH YOU GENDER !!1

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@ when were you EVER on the frontlines 'doesntatter' thats right you were not.That is reserved for males.It is MEN who are made to be cannon fodder for the MIC not women.Women have it easy in lifr yes even in the military.This girl is just using the "i served" bit to get attention.

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@ zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

You know nothing. Especially the military. There are no more front lines. Modern warfare has turned it all inside out. Many support troops are outside the wire and are attacked more and are less protected than offensive operations. Women can work as well as men. Women aren't as strong. But so what, the sandbags will be a bit smaller, it might take a few more people for heavy lifting work details. The military will adapt. The Israelis and others. women might not be suited for all heavy lifting jobs but surely qualified for some SF and other Special Warefare missions.

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Please everyone be kind. Theresa is my cousin's daughter. She is a daughter, a sister, a granddaughter, a cousin, and a friend. She is someone who went through hard times just like so many other girls. She took her faith and let it bring her to where she is today. Her courage to believe in herself, stay strong in her beliefs and passions is what we want all of our daughters to strive for. Her courage is a very necessary trait to have if you serve our country. I hope everyone takes the time to listen to all the contestants and hear the wonderful strong qualities these women have. They are so much more than a pretty face, swimsuit competitor or model. Also remember, "Don't judge a book by it's cover."

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You both are disgusting. I am very straight tattooed women from the army national guard that is also a medic. The fact that people like miss vail and I fight for your freedoms so that you can slander her for no reason is despicable. This women like so many others believe in something so strongly she risks her life to save others. Think before you speak. You sound so narrow minded, i feel bad for you.

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THE BEEKY NOSE , DEVILLY EYES , DRACUAL TEETH TELL THE TALE !!!!! NOT VERY WHITE ..... NOT ALL THERR ... THERE'S ALWAYS A BIOLOGIC EXPLANATION FOR ECCENTRIC WEIRDOS ... AND .. THE TATTOOS ARE INDICATIVE OD LOW INTELLIGENCE , AND PROBABLY HOMOSEXUAL PERVERSION . JUST SAYIN' .

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the idea is right: she's a 50 percent lesbian.