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12 September 2017

She has won Little Miss, Miss Pre-Teen and Miss Junior Teen crowns, and was chosen Miss North Dakota's Outstanding Teen in 2010.

After surviving the swimsuit, evening wear, and talent competitions, plus the always infamous question and answer portion (this year, there were two!), Miss North Dakota, Cara Mund, was named Miss America 2018 during Sunday night's live two-hour pageant.

In the competition's 97-year history, Mund is the first person to win the title from her home state.

A North Dakota native, Mund referenced Wentz in her acceptance speech.

"It's a bad decision", Mund said. "Right now, I would have to say innocent, because not enough information has been revealed", she said, but if evidence shows campaign members did, they should be "punished accordingly".

The first runner-up was Miss Missouri, Jennifer Davis, who competed on a platform of diversity. She also won Miss North Dakota's Outstanding Teen in 2010.

Experienced Maria certainly has some authority in this arena having been crowned Miss Massachusetts Teen in 1996 and being first runner-up at Miss Massachusetts in 2000

In fairness to ABC and the Miss America pageant, another contestant answered a Trump-hating question about Charleston "correctly"...

"I literally don't understand how she thinks taking away confederate statues erases American history, B***h read a damn book", one user sharply criticised on Twitter. 'Once we reject that, we take ourselves out of the negotiation table and that's something that we really need to keep in mind'. Her dream is to be the first female governor of North Dakota.

Maria Menounos, Thomas Rhett, Molly Sims, Jordin Sparks, Tara Lipinski, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri and People magazine editor-in-chief Jess Cagle made up the judges' panel.

'It's important to have a woman's perspective, ' Mund, who had an internship in the U.S. Senate with Senator John Hoeven, told the AP.

She said that her mother was her biggest strength and shared her mother's advice that we cannot control the cards that we are dealing with but we can surely control our hands.

While there is still an assumption that pageant contestants are taught to be unbiased and diplomatic, that just wouldn't work for the 22-year-old, who didn't hesitate to share her strong feelings on the issue. Cara Mund will be on tour every month to promote her advocacy, which is the Make A Wish - Passion with Fashion.

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Miss America 2018 is…