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Freedom Lovers Candidate for Miss America
4 years ago

The Miss America Pageant won’t know what hit it when it lays eyes on Miss Kansas, Sgt. Theresa Vail. Once the competition’s preliminaries begin in Atlantic City, N.J., on Tuesday, Sept. 10, Vail will be the second contestant in the military to compete (Miss Utah 2007 was a combat medic in the Army National Guard). But when she struts down Boardwalk Hall in her bikini, she’ll be breaking a long-standing taboo with her two giant tattoos – the insignia for the U.S. Army Dental Corps on her left shoulder and the Serenity Prayer running down her right side. “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.”

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4 years ago

It is refreshing to see a young woman that is one of integrity.

4 years ago

I hate seeing tattoos on men and women.   I saw this young lady on the news this morning and I couldn't help but feel sorry for her that she thought she had done a good thing.

4 years ago

I'm not fond of tattoos either yet I'll admit I do watch Ink Master on TV from an artistic standpoint.   If she has them, then why cover them up?  With that I can agree with her.  Can't see getting them in the first place though.

She's an Army Sgt., bow hunts, is an expert marksman, majoring in Chinese & Chemistry at KU, & former motorbike racer.   In spite of the tattoos, I'd say she's got an impressive resume.

'When girls learn they have what it takes to "hang with the guys" they feel a sense of internal strength, like they can conquer the world and take care of themselves.'---Sgt. Teresa Vail


4 years ago

While tattoos are not my preference personally, I feel that others have the right to their own choice.  I am not big on these people that tattoo every inch of their body, but a tattoo here or there that is tastefully done is not bad.  My niece has 3 tattoos and she is able to cover them up when it is best to cover them, but she can show them off as well.  

As for this gal, very ineresting resume, Sandy and I would say good for her.  Also, I understand she is not the first to enter the Miss America contest with tattoos, just the first that will openly display them.

Young women today are very likely to have a tattoo.  It is more acceptable than when I was growing up and so I guess I just let it go.  I honestly would rather see a tattoo that is respectable than all the piercings.  Tongue piercings, nose piercings and those huge, gaudy things they put in their ear lobes to stretch them out of shape; yuk!!!! 

4 years ago

You've got that right, Linda!   The piercings are hard to look at.   I'm a traditional person and would never have a tattoo or the piercing.   I agree that people have the right to do what they want with their bodies.   Even though I don't understand why they do it, they certainly can make that decision to do so.

4 years ago

Diane, I am with you 100T% on this.  I do not care for tattoos or body piercings (other than one per ear lobe) and do not ever intend to get them.  I am grateful my daughter has no inclination either.  But I had to amend my feeling about others when I saw the tasteful little daisy that my niece had tattooed on her upper arm that is covered by any sleeve, including a cap sleever and only visible when she wears sleeveless tops or dresses.  You don't even really see it unless you are standing very close to her and so I suppose those are okay.  I just know I was not born with them and therefore don't need them personally.

However, today there are so many men and women that go to such extremes with them and that just is not an art form in my opinion.  I find them distracting and that they detract from the person's natural appearance and not in the best of ways.   But, their choice and they have to live with it and thank goodness I don't.  LOL

4 years ago

With tattoos, a person is limited in the type of jobs they can get.  Unless they are covered up, there are plenty of businesses that won't hire someone with tattoos or piercings.  My daughter has none so far thank goodness, but a girlfriend of hers has tattoos & piercings all over the place.  She seems to be addicted to getting more & more of tattoos.  I understand that that is not unusual.  She is a beautiful girl & I think she has ruined her looks.  It is illegal for someone under 18 to get tattooed in KS, so her mother (who is a nice person but sometimes lacks good parental judgement) took her when she was 15 or 16 to MO where she got her first ones with parental consent.

Don't get me wrong when I say I like to watch a show about tattooing.  I'm really not fond of someone getting tattoos, but as you both say it is their choice.  It's just a difficult one to undo if there's a change of heart.  Even lazer treatment doesn't fully remove them & it's expensive to boot.  My daughter's friend wishes she didn't have the first ones she got...not that it stops her from wanting more.

Also, what are some of these tattoos on 20 year olds going to look like when they get older & have wrinkles or maybe gain or lose weight?

My niece, when she was in college, tried to pierce her own navel.   She couldn't do it.  It hurt too bad. 

There really are some beautiful tattoos (& a heck of a lot of horrid ones), but I'd rather look at a beautiful drawing than have something permanently etched on my body.  You get tired of the drawing or painting, you can easily switch it out for a new one.  Even henna tattoos which fade within a relatively short period of time, can cause problems because of some henna inks.

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