Savvy Shields danced and strutted her way to the Miss America 2017 title, representing Arkansas, in the annual competition’s grande finale in Atlantic City last night (Sept. 11). The show featured the usual bathing beauties and not a few bloopers by the ladies.
Miss South Carolina, Rachel Wyatt, and Miss New York, Camille Sims, were named first and second runner-ups, respectively.
Miss Missouri, Erin O’Flaherty, the first openly lesbian contestant in pageant history, failed to make the top 15 semi-finalists.
Out of 52 contestants, Shields, 21, managed to negotiate the swimsuit, evening gown and talent competition in snazzy fashion.
Her question portion of the show, not so much. Nearly every contestant during evening’s interview section faced a question about the presidential election.
Most artfully dodged taking a stand. But Shields managed to finesse her answer just enough to sound credible without sounding partisan– or ridiculous.
The University of Arkansas student, born and raised in the perennial red state, was asked what she thought about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
She offered neither a rousing cheer about feminism nor expressed excitement about the possibility of the first woman president in the nation’s history. Instead, she stuck to safe ground.
But she won points for expressing the likely frustration of many Americans over what is truth and what is scandal in the mud-slinging campaign.
“If you’re trying to be leader of the free world, everything you do and say matters. It’s hard to tell what is truth and what is truly scandal, but both of these candidates have done a great job.”
At truth and/or scandal?
Well, Shields may have given a purposely ambiguous answer, but at least she showed all the makings of a good politician.
She succeeds outgoing Miss America Betty Cantrell.
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