Hailing from our hometown of Fayetteville, Arkansas, the 21-year-old bombshell has been working toward her goal of becoming Miss America since 2008, so it was especially exciting to watch Savvy fulfill one of her biggest dreams.
Now, Arkansans have a lot more to talk about than Walmart and Razorback football — thanks, Savvy.
7 Things We Love About Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields:
1. She’s humble.
If you checkout Savvy’s Instagram or Facebook page, you’ll notice that it’s flooded with “thank you”s. Not only does she give shout outs to the people who have supported her throughout her pageant career, but she often posts pictures and notes recognizing her faith and pointing to God as the one who’s brought her this far.
“Photo taken two mins after I teared up realizing I am on the Miss America stage,” she said on Instagram before the competition started. “Woke up this morning so grateful for every human who has made me the Savvy I am today, and for every person in this process who has told me to be no one else but me. So excited. So grateful. 💙 #missarkansas“
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*photo taken two mins after I teared up realizing I am on the Miss America stage* Today I interview for my dream job and compete in swimsuit + evening gown on stage- to say I'm excited is the understatement of the century. Woke up this morning so grateful for every human who has made me the Savvy I am today, and for every person in this process who has told me to be no one else but me. So excited. So grateful. 💙 #missarkansas
2. She wants to be a backup dancer for Beyonce.
“I want to be a backup dancer for Beyoncé,” she confessed right before taking the stage for talent. “I feel like that’s every dancer’s secret dream is to be a backup dancer for Beyoncé especially with her new tour.”
Hey, if anyone can do it, Savvy can.
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There is a smile glued to my face tonight because I just won prelim Talent at Miss America..wait, WHAT?! I need to thank every person who poured love and encouragement into me and helped turn this dream into a reality. So very excited. So extremely grateful. #missarkansas #missamerica
3. She’s the perfect combination of cute and sexy.
I mean, there’s no better example than her award-winning dance routine. It was simple and cute, but it definitely showed off Savvy’s sexy side.
4. She doesn’t take herself too seriously.
During the “Q and A” portion of the competition, Savvy went a tad over the allotted 20 seconds. But, instead of getting flustered and frustrated (as I probably would have), she joyfully laughed it off and added a little personality into, what I would call, the most nerve-racking part of the night.
Isn’t she just the cutest?
5. She represents Arkansas well and will represent the nation well.
I personally believe there’s no one more qualified to represent Arkansas or America than Savvy Shields.
Not only is she poised, beautiful and full of grace, but she’s kind, joyful and unafraid to speak her mind. Even though she’s only 21, Savvy has made quite a positive impact on the people of Fayetteville — and I know she will have the same effect on the rest of the nation.
6. She loves to give back.
Savvy spends a lot of her time giving back. Whether volunteering for Reading Is Fundamental or Children’s Miracle Networks Hospitals, this lady loves helping those around her.
7. She’s in-the-moment.
While Savvy is always looking forward and planning for the future, she’s always grateful to be where she is.
And she always looks like she’s having the best time.