Meet your new Miss America: Miss North Dakota, Cara Mund.
In a glitzy show Sunday night, Mund beat out 50 other women in five categories: lifestyle and fitness, evening wear, talent, interview and onstage questions.
The 23-year-old graduated from Brown University and has been accepted to law school at the University of Notre Dame.
She was previously Miss North Dakota’s Outstanding Teen, Little Miss, Miss Pre-Teen and Miss Junior Teen.
Mund credited her mother as her greatest role model.
“She’s been diagnosed with cancer three times,” she said during the competition.
“Despite the circumstances, she’s always told me, you can’t control the cards you’re dealt, but you can control the hand.”
She also said she looks up to Emma Watson for her work as an advocate for women’s rights in the United Nations.
— Miss America Org (@MissAmericaOrg) September 11, 2017
Meeting with reporters after winning the crown, Mund stood her ground, saying she wanted first and foremost to give a real answer to the question.
“I wasn’t really afraid if my opinion wasn’t the opinion of my judges,” she said. “Miss America needs to have an opinion and she needs to know what’s happening in the current climate.”
She is the first contestant from her state to win the Miss America crown.