Miss America crowned its newest winner, Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, on Sunday. Shields is just the third Miss America to hail from Arkansas since the pageant began in 1921.
For coming out on top in a competitive field of 52 women, 21-year-old Shields won a $50,000 college scholarship.
The Fayetteville native is a senior at the University of Arkansas and she’s a Goodwill Ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Health is at the top of her concerns, which is reflected in her Miss America platform: “Eat Better, Live Better.”
What else does the new Miss America offer? Here are a few more details about Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields:
She’s a sorority girl.
Feeling so very loved tonight. The biggest thank you in the world to everyone who came by Kappa tonight. I am so humbled by all of the kindness I have received this past month and am so excited to represent you all at the Miss America pageant. So much love and so much virtual hugs???? #missarhomecoming #missarkansas #shopscarlet
Shields is a member of the University of Arkansas’ chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
With her pageant success, she’ll no doubt be added to the sorority’s list of notable alums. Currently, it includes “One Tree Hill” actress Sophia Bush, former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, actress Ashley Judd, and designer Kate Spade.
She’s a huge Beyoncé fan.
An accomplished dancer, Shields performed a jazz number from the TV show “SMASH” in the Miss America talent category.
During the competition, Shields admitted she has a burning desire to work with Beyoncé.
“I want to be a backup dancer for Beyoncé,” she confessed. “I feel like that’s every dancer’s secret dream is to be a backup dancer for Beyoncé especially with her new tour.”
She once battled with unhealthy eating, and is educating others about nutrition.
It might be hard to think that Shields ever had a problem with eating healthy foods. But she’s only human and said she began to make bad food choices in college, which led to bouts with health problems.
That’s part of the reason she chose her “Eat Better, Live Better” Miss America platform. She wants to educate others about healthy eating.
“I think sometimes healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle comes with negative connotations and scary connotations,” she told Fayetteville’s KSFM. “So my thing in learning about this process, the only thing I need to learn is tactical and tangible ways to do so.”