We have a new Miss America on our hands, as the Miss America 2018 competition took place on Sunday and Miss North Dakota Cara Mund was crowned the winner. The 2018 Miss America pageant took place live at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and was hosted by Chris Harrison from The Bachelor franchise and Sage Steele from ESPN. So, Cara Mund took home the crown and now it is time to get to know more about Miss America 2018!
1 – Cara Mund is the first Miss North Dakota to win Miss America
North Dakota has not had much luck in the Miss America pageant, as they have never won the competition before. However, Cara Mund changed that for them. During the competition, Mund said, “We’ve only had three girls [from North Dakota] ever make it [to the Top 10]. It just proves that it doesn’t matter where you come from geographically. If you have the ability to do it and you dream it, you can do it.”
2 – She’s a good person
It looks like Cara Mund was a finalist for the Jean Bartel Quality of Life Award in the pageant’s preliminary competition for her commitment to community service. Over the past 10 years, she has partnered with Make-A-Wish North Dakota and has raised $78,000 and granted 23 wishes for children in her home state.
— Cara Mund (@MissAmerica) September 11, 2017
3 – She believes in climate change and Trump made a mistake
It looks like Miss America Cara Mund had some thoughts on Donald Trump and his decision to leave the Paris Agreement. During the Q&A portion of the show, she was asked about that decision and Mund said, “I do believe it’s a bad decision. Once we reject that, we take ourselves out of the negotiation table and that’s something that we really need to keep in mind. There is evidence that climate change is existing, so whether you believe it or not, we need to be at that table, and I think it’s just a bad decision on behalf of the United States.”
4 – She wants to be the Governor of North Dakota
Once she gives up that crown, it looks like the Brown University graduate will have a new goal: become the first female Governor of North Dakota. She is the first Miss America from North Dakota and apparently firsts run in her family. On the Miss America website, Mund said in her bio, “I am related to Victoria Clafin Woodhull — the first woman to run for U.S. President, the first woman to operate a brokerage firm on Wall Street and one of the first females to found a newspaper. Since it runs in my family, what will be my first?”
— Miss America Org (@MissAmericaOrg) September 11, 2017
5 – She can dance
For the talent portion of the competition, Mund took on a jazz routine to the song “The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson. She impressed the judges and the audience and apparently has been dancing for a while. On her Instagram, it says she has been “dancing her way through life since 1996.”