6 Things You Didn’t Know About Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields

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Out of 52 worthy contestants, Arkansas’ own (and our home girl) Savvy Shields was crowned Miss America last night in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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The 21-year-old beauty has been competing in pageants and dreaming of becoming Miss America, something she calls “the best job in the world,” since 2008.

For her, the competition is about more than just hair, makeup, fancy dresses and how you look in a bikini, it’s about spreading joy (something she has a lot of), being the “best version of herself” and making a unique, positive mark on America.

While Savvy certainly introduced the audience to who she truly is (funny, sweet, down-to-earth) on the pageant stage, here are a few facts you may not know about our new Miss America.

6 Things You Didn’t KnowAbout Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields:

1. She hails from Fayetteville, Arkansas.

A graduate of Fayetteville High School, Savvy has called Northwest Arkansas “home” her whole life.

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2. She is currently a senior at the University of Arkansas.

After her run as Miss America, Savvy plans on returning to the U of A to complete her degree.

“I want to hopefully work in a museum and teach at a collegiate level,” she said about her plans for the future.

3. She’s an art major and a business minor.

Savvy’s unique because she has incorporated all the things she loves, dance, art and business, into her future plans.

Earlier this year, Savvy created a stunning piece of performance art where she used intricate dance moves and her own body to draw an abstract piece of charcoal art — it was breathtaking.

4. She’s a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

In 2013, Savvy became a member of the Gamma Nu chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma.

5. Her platform is Eat Better, Live Better.

Health and wellness is something that is very important to Savvy. Whether working out with her friends at the gym or cooking up delicious, well-balanced meals at home, the 21-year-old makes healthy living a priority in the midst of her busy schedule.

“All time favorite dinner. Brussel sprouts and salmon for the win,” she said on Instagram. “Season them with pepper and paprika and you’re good to go!”

Check out her Facebook for more healthy tips and on her #HealthyTipTuesdays!

6. She has a boyfriend named Nate Wolfe.

And they’re stinking adorable.

We’re so proud of you Savvy! No one is more deserving.