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SHAWNEE, Kan. — Miss Kansas is ditching her ruby red slippers for the Miss America pageant and coming out with an edgier look that she says better reflects who she really is.

Jaws dropped when Miss Kansas Theresa Vail revealed her bold torso tattoo during the preliminary swimsuit portion of the Miss America Pageant.

“A lot of girls in the past have used something to cover up their tattoos, but Theresa said ‘This is me. I’m going to be who I am,'” said Vail’s wardrobe stylist Vickie Cackler.

Cackler said Vail’s goal in the competition is to break the “pageant girl” stereotype.

“I mean she really truly is,” said Cackler. “How many times do you find a girl that’s proficient in weaponry and can sing opera and is fluent in Chinese and is a chemistry major?

Vail’s tattoo is of the serenity prayer. The buzz isn’t because…

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