Miss Arkansas, Savvy Shields has emerged as the winner of Miss America pageant Sunday night in Atlantic City. She beat 52 other contestants to win the crown
and the title of Miss America 2016,
succeeding the outgoing Miss America Betty Cantrell.
Shields performed a jazz dance to a song from the TV show "Smash," for
which she won a preliminary
competition earlier in the week.
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.
"Both of the contestants have done a good job, but they also need to watch what they're doing," she said.
runner-up, Miss Mississippi Laura Lee Lewis; third runner-up, Miss
Washington Alicia Cooper; second
runner-up Miss New York Camille
Sims; first runner up Miss South Carolina Rachel Wyatt.
The first openly gay contestant in the Miss America pageant was eliminated Sunday night when the top 15 finalists were chosen.
Big congrats to her!