Miss North Dakota Cara Mund is crowned Miss America 2018

Miss North Dakota Cara Mund is crowned Miss America 2018

But with the help of a handler, who helped her with a lipstick smudge, she made the traditional trek to the ocean next to Boardwalk Hall, where she was crowned Sunday night as the first Miss North Dakota to win the pageant.

"I said, 'If Carson Wentz can do it, Miss North Dakota Cara Mund can become Miss America, '" she said after winning the title.

Mund, a 23-year-old Brown University graduate whose dream is to be the first female governor of North Dakota, reminded the audience about her state's lack of pageant victories.

Cara was one of 51 contestants in the pageant judged according to talent, evening wear, lifestyle, fitness and their answer to an on-stage question. She said the importance of being a part of the climate talks was not about whether "climate change exists or not". This she said whilst the competition was taking place.

In one of her onstage interviews, Mund said Trump was wrong to withdraw the US from the climate accord aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. "I do believe it's a bad decision. I do believe it's a bad decision", she said during the Q & A segment of the show.

The new Miss America isn't anxious that she may start her year-long reign by starting a Twitter war with the nation's Tweeter-in-Chief. "Once we reject that, we take ourselves out of the negotiation table and that's something that we really need to keep in mind".

Next, singer Jordin Sparks asked Miss New Jersey to choose between an actor, doctor or movie star to date.

Mund's stellar jazz performance to Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel" and her bright responses to not one but two panel questions-which marked a first for the Miss America pageant-may have been what completely won judges over, leading her to take the crown as her own. "Despite the circumstances, she's always told me, you can't control the cards you're dealt, but you can control the hand", she said.

Amid thought-provoking answers on pertinent issues such as climate change and investigations into Trump's campaign, Miss New Jersey Kaitlyn Schoeffel's stand on the controversy around Confederate statues seems to have invoked the ire of many viewers.

Miss Texas, Margana Wood, also sent love to the people in her home state, who are still feeling the effects of Hurricane Harvey.