Miss Kansas is not like all of the other contestants when it comes to the talent portion of Sunday’s Miss America pageant in Atlantic City.
U.S. Army Sergeant Theresa Vail will be the second contestant in pageant history to ever compete while on active duty. Vail wanted to display her talent in archery, but will sing opera instead.
Sgt. Vail has other abilities. According to People magazine, she is an expert M16 marksman, a bow hunter, a boxer, a mechanic, and a skydiver. Vail also rides motorcycles, and speaks Chinese.
She is said to be the first contestant to ever show visible tattoos during the pageant preliminaries. "Half the girls have tattoos, they just choose to cover them," Vail said, according to USA Today. I am who I am, tattoos and all."