Savvy Shields, a student, a 21-year-old student from Arkansas won the title.
During the onstage interview portion of the competition, she was asked what she thought of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, one of several political questions asked of the contestants.
“If you’re trying to be leader of the free world, everything you say and do matters and all of your actions are held to a higher standard,” Shields said. “Both of the contestants have done a good job, but they also need to watch what they’re doing.”
— Miss America Org (@MissAmericaOrg) September 12, 2016
Delighted to have won the competition, the new Miss America released a video on Twitter where she said “very happy” and thanked those who follow.
— Savvy Shields (@MissAmerica) September 12, 2016
The four runners of the competition are Rachel Wyatt, first runner (South Carolina), followed by Camille Sims (New York) and Alicia Cooper (Washington) and finally, Laura Lee Lewis (Mississippi).
The pageant began in Atlantic City in 1921 as a way to extend the summer tourist season beyond Labor Day weekend.