Theresa Vail, Miss Kansas, has caused a stir at the Miss America pageant by becoming the first contestant to sport tattoos — at least those that were visible.
Sign of the times: First, bikinis, now tattoos. And another concept of womanhood meets a cultural shift.
The tattoos, shown during the swimsuit competition, is a serenity prayer. A smaller version can be seen on her strapless evening gown.
Somewhere, bikers are cheering loudly.
Contrastingly to the outward appearance, Miss Kansas' talent is an operatic piece from Puccini.
Another stereotype blown away — with winds from Kansas.
And what an irony. An unveiling of ink made by a woman named Vail.
I suspect she will not win. But she has put ink in illustrating how the traditional concept of an American beauty has shifted.
This is not your grandmother's Miss America pageant.
And we're not in Kansas anymore.
Wait ... We are.