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Vail on the stage with the tattoo. AP Photo Vail on the stage with the tattoo. AP Photo
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Miss Kansas Theresa Vail says she wants to break the stereotype that women with visible tattoos don't compete in pageants.

MORE: Click through the slideshow above to view her body art up close

So during the swimsuit portion of the Miss America competition on Tuesday, Vail revealed two tattoos - the Serenity Prayer on her right side and the insignia of the U.S. Army Dental Corps on her left shoulder.

Vail is a 22-year-old senior at Kansas State University.

She's also a member of the Army National Guard who is an expert with the M-16.

Vail says she wants to become a military dentist.

Her platform is helping women overcome stereotypes and break barriers.

Given her platform, she wrote on her blog last month: "What a hypocrite I would be if I covered the ink."

The Miss America pageant is back in Atlantic City, N.J., after a six-year absence. The finale will be Sunday night.

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