Miss Kansas, aka Sgt. Theresa Vail, exposing her side piece. (Cover: Michael Loccisano/ Getty Images Entertainment/ Getty Images)
Sgt. Theresa Vail chose not to cover up her serenity prayer tattoo as well as her shoulder piece at the 2013 Miss America Pageant. She had the chance to talk about her bold move with People magazine, “My whole platform is empowering women to overcome stereotypes and break barriers," she mentioned. "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." Clap to that!
CNN later reported that the previous owner of the Miss America Organization Donald Trump, was not fond of her ink. However, Theresa Vail made it to the top 10 that night and paved the way for many future contestants to come, proving that showing your true self on stage is the way to go.
Miss Spain 2014 Desire Cordero followed shortly after and was the first Miss Universe contestant to expose her tattoo. She went on to making a top 10 place. Good job ladies!