Despite the heroic efforts of 22-year-old Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail, Miss America’s stereotypes are still firmly in place.
Not only is Theresa the first woman ever to join the National Guard, she took on the male-dominated world of archery with her femininity intact. How many beauty queens have those bragging rights?
Perhaps even more inspiring was her brave act of defiance when she willingly chose to “step outside the box” and flash her ink at the judges. In an interview prior to the competition, Theresa reminded anyone who was listening that showing her permanent support of AA was “a bold move!” She went on to say, “And it’s risky, it could very well cost me the crown.”
Theresa did indeed jump out of the box, hoping to leap the hurdles of beauty pageantry, only to be forced to prance around in a two-piece. Hopefully she will find comfort in knowing that she strutted her stuff with dignity.