She's beauty and she's grace, she's Miss America! 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.
The brunette beauty beat out Miss Missouri, Jennifer Davis, who earned the runner-up title. Rounding out the Top 7 were Miss Louisiana, Laryssa Bonacquisti, Miss New Jersey, Kaitlyn Schoeffel, Miss District of Columbia, Briana Kinsey, Miss Alabama, Jessica Procter, and Miss Texas, Margana Wood.
Making it to the Top 10 were Miss Virginia, Cecili Weber, Miss Pennsylvania, Katie Schreckengast, and Miss South Carolina, Suzi Roberts. Miss Tennessee, Caty Davis, and Miss Georgia, Alyssa Beasley, comprised the rest of the Top 12, while Miss New Mexico, Taylor Rey, Miss Alaska, Angelina Klapperich, and Miss Illinois, Abby Foster, helped make up the Top 15.
A few of the Miss America hopefuls with co-host Sage Steele. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Before the competition began on Sept. 10, hosts Chris Harrison and Sage Steele urged viewers to donate to Hurricane Irma relief efforts as the storm ravaged Florida. "Well I'm just so worried for everyone there... I'm thinking about everyone in Florida every single day," Miss Florida, Sara Zeng, said early in the broadcast.
Miss Texas, Margana Wood, also sent love to the people in her home state, who are still feeling the effects of Hurricane Harvey. “My heart is absolutely with the people of Houston,” she told reporters. “I send my love to all of them. We’re taking it day by day.”
Congrats to all the women who competed! And we can't wait to see Cara slay in her new role.