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.
Shields said she thought both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton had "done a good job," she said she wished they focused on compromise.
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.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.