Chris Harrison said it himself. 8,000 women started this process. 52 women made it to the Miss America stage. One woman walked away with the crown and a $50,000 scholarship. There she is… your Miss America 2017 is Savvy Shields!
The 21-year-old from Arkansas became the 96th Miss America tonight. During the competition, Shields sported a black Irene West swimsuit and an elegant black evening gown. For the talent portion, she performed a jazz dance to a song from the TV show “Smash”. The same talent performance won her a preliminary talent award earlier in the week. (Read: Miss America 2017 Preliminary Winners Recap)
For the onstage question portion of the competition, Shields was asked about her view on presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. She responded by commenting that she believes both candidates have done a great job in competing, but they also need to watch what they are doing before her time expired.
During her year of service, Savvy will promote the platform “Eat Better, Live Better.” After winning the title of Miss Arkansas, she commented that her state was one of the most obese states in the country. She plans to educate and promote healthier lifestyles with her platform.
The four runners-up to the new Miss America include Mississippi (4th), Washington (3rd), New York (2nd) and South Carolina (1st).
Congratulations to all 52 contestants that walked across the stage this year, especially to your new Miss America 2017, Savvy Shields! We can’t wait to see how her year unfolds!