Miss America's Sgt. Theresa Vail is first contestant to expose tattoos "Why am I choosing to bear my tattoos?" says Vail, an Army dentist. "My whole platform is empowering women to overcome stereotypes and break barriers. What a hypocrite I would be if I covered my ink. How can I tell other women to be fearless and true to themselves if I can't do the same? I am who I am, tattoos and all."