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TOPEKA/WICHITA – She quickly became one of the most recognized faces and names in America: Miss Kansas 2013 Theresa Vail. Thursday, Kansas First News anchor Jared Broyles spoke with her via Skype about her experience.
Vail said that although the taboo of tattoos at the pageant took center stage, it really wasn’t about breaking the tradition. For Vail, it was about being true to who she is. We asked her about the Army’s recent rule that will ban tattoos visible below the elbow and knee and above the neckline. Vail said while she understands the Army’s thinking, she doesn’t agree.
“They don’t affect your ability to do your job,” Vail said. “They certainly don’t affect your ability to go overseas and fight for our freedom. I think they’re missing out on leaders and true assets to this nation.”
Since the Miss America Pageant, Vail has endured a whirlwind of media appearances but still managed to speak at a few schools. She has addressed students on bullying since telling her own story at Miss America. We asked her about her future plans.
“You know what? I’m leaving it all up to God,” she said thoughtfully. “Right now my plan is to go to dental school, become a dentist for the Army. Everybody knows that. But, if He has a bigger and better plan for me, I will follow it.”
Watch the full video version with this story for more of Jared’s Skype interview with Miss Kansas.