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Miss Arkansa Savvy Shields waves to the crowd after being named Miss America 2017, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)

Meet Savvy Shields, your new Miss America


We have a winner.

Savvy Shields, a 21-year-old art student from Arkansas, took home the crown Sunday night in an event rife with political commentary. 

Our country was founded on compromise. We're in a state now where both parties just seem to be yelling at one another.
Miss America Savvy Shields

Shields said she thought both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton had "done a good job," she said she wished they focused on compromise. 

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FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 file photo, Miss Missouri, Erin O'Flaherty waves as she is introduced during Miss America Pageant arrival ceremonies in Atlantic City. After competing in pageants for generations in the closet or working behind the scenes, gays and lesbians finally get to see one of their own take one of pageantry's biggest stages. O' Flaherty, will compete for the Miss America crown on Sept. 11, as the first openly lesbian contestant. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

This edition of the pageant turned heads as it featured the first openly gay contestant, Miss Missouri Erin O'Flaherty. She did not make the top 15 contestants. 

One contestant's talent portion of the pageant was...a bit of a bold move.

Miss California did a gymnastics routine in front of U.S. gold medalist Gabby Douglas.

But pageant critics pointed out sexist aspects, like judge Mark Cuban licking his lips.

Some wondered why the swimsuit portion of the pageant continued to exist.

Should the Miss America pageant continue?

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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