Miss America Contestant First to Openly Show Tattoos

September 13, 2013 Updated Sep 13, 2013 at 11:39 PM EDT

By Jill Perkins

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September 13, 2013 Updated Sep 13, 2013 at 11:39 PM EDT

Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail will be showing off more than her bikini body in this weekend's Miss America pageant.

The 22 year old US Army Sergeant will be the first beauty queen to openly show her tattoos in the pageant.

Another contestant, Miss Iowa is breaking the mold of the traditional beauty queen.

Born with only part of one of her arms, she'll be competing to change the stereotypes of conventional beauty.