Theresa Vail, Miss Kansas, Seeks Miss America Crown
The tattoo on Vail's right ribcage is The Serenity Prayer. Vail said on her website this "is my personal mission statement for life, a constant reminder of how to choose to live." The prayer is “God, Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference.”
Vail has discussed her tattoos this week during the Miss America pageant and said hiding them would not be reflective of her character or desire to show how many contemporary women express themselves. She also said the pageant's requirements for contestants are to show today's contemporary women.
"Why am I choosing to bear my tattoos?" she said on her site. "Reference A; my platform! Empowering women to OVERCOME stereotypes and break barriers. 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?" Check out Theresa's website!