Tatted Up: Miss Inked USA in Dallas

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DALLAS — Set aside everything you know about beauty pageants. These ladies aren’t the typical "Pageant Patties." It’s called the Miss Inked USA pageant. Women from all over the U.S. competed Saturday in Big D for the National Title.

All the contestants are tat-tat-tatted up. Here, beauty is more than skin-deep.

“We’re trying to break the stereotype of what everybody thinks. We’re not just showing Texas or Dallas, but trying to show the world,” Founder and CEO Art Cantu, Jr. said. “The reason I took the bikini part out is because we wanted to take the focus off of women’s bodies and put it on their minds and what they bring.”

Before the big event, contestants told NewsFix they were looking forward to sharing their body of work.

“Up until this point, it’s been cover up, cover up, cover up, and I think it’s good to be able to show the stories behind those,” contestant Kimba Erwin said.  “We are normal. We have lives. A lot of us have kids."

“It’s a challenge to myself, stepping out of my comfort zone,” Danni-Marie Crowell-Telford said.  “I feel very honored.  You don’t get this kind of opportunity very often. Tattoos are okay to have in any industry, it should be accepted.”

And the Miss Inked USA 2015 winners are...

Too bad our tatted buddy Grego couldn't compete!