Cara Mund topped a field of 51 contestants to win the crown in the seaside resort where most of the 97 Miss Americas have been selected.
Before the preliminary competition, Mund said she wants to become the first elected woman governor of her state.
The Miss Louisiana Organization is extremely proud of Laryssa and her top 7 finish at Miss America!
Crown aside, Mund will receive a $50,000 scholarship-a heft grand prize that should come in handy when she starts law school at Notre Dame in the fall. In talent section, she performs for the Jazz dance to the Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel".
In the question and answer portion of the show, the newly crowned "Miss America" was asked about her opinion on the decision of President #Donald Trump's administration to pull out the USA from the Paris accord. "I do believe it's a bad decision", she 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".
Miss Louisiana 2017, Laryssa Bonacquisti placed in the top 7 last night in the Miss America live televised finals aired on ABC.
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She takes the place of Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, of Arkansas.
Cara Mund, Miss North Dakota, went directly after Trump when she was asked about the USA pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord - saying it was wrong to take us out of the negotiations. especially because there's evidence of climate change.
The new Miss America is a graduate of Brown University and grew up in Bismark, North Dakota.
This year's judges panel was made up of singer Jordiwait n Sparks, TV personality Maria Menounos, Olympian figure skater Tara Lipinski, country singer Thomas Rhett, model Molly Sims, Jess Cagle of People Magazine and former Miss America Nina Davuluri. "It's important to have a woman's perspective".
And we can't wait to see Cara slay in her new role. She will be able to put toward her education the $50,000 she has received for winning the Miss America pageant. Cara Mund will be on tour every month to promote her advocacy, which is the Make A Wish - Passion with Fashion.
The third and fourth positions were taken by Miss District of Colombia Briana Kinsey and Miss Texas Margana Wood.