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Wednesday 20th September 2017

Miss America Contestant Disagrees With President Trump, Wins The Crown

Get to know Cara Mund.

Crowned hair, don't care. That may be the attitude of the newly appointed Miss America Cara Mund of North Dakota, who snagged the coveted title on Sunday night after admitting she disagrees with at least one of President Donald Trump's decisions for the nation.

Newly crowned Miss America Cara Mund gets a touch-up before her first day on the job. (Credit: Instagram/@missamerica)

During one of two question rounds, Cara referred to the president's move to remove the U.S. from the climate accord as a "bad decision." She likely isn't the first Miss America to disagree with a sitting president's policy, but it sure was enough to make headlines following her crowning.

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But speaking her mind isn't the only fascinating tidbit about Cara, who is headed to law school after earning her undergraduate degree at Brown University. She has big dreams for her future.

Cara is the first contestant from North Dakota to win the Miss America title. (Credit: Instagram/@missamerica)

For starters, the 23-year-old wants to one day become the first female governor of her home state of North Dakota.

"I am related to Victoria Clafin Woodhull — the first woman to run for U.S. president, the first woman to operate a brokerage firm on Wall Street and one of the first females to found a newspaper. Since it runs in my family, what will be my first?" she said on the Miss America website.

Cara hopes to one day become the first female governor of North Dakota. (Credit: Instagram/@missamerica)

As pageant viewers could tell from her stellar jazz performance to Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel," Cara is an accomplished dancer. She's been performing toe-tapping routines since she could walk, and had a penchant for all things sparkly in her early recitals.

While her position as Miss America involves a lot of charity and community service work, this is nothing knew to Cara. The go-getter has been organizing a charity fashion show for years, with proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. To date, the event has raised more than $78,000, fulfilling the wishes of 23 separate children.

Cara has been dancing for as long as she can remember. (Credit: Instagram/@caramund)

To prepare for the Miss America competition, Cara endured a rigorous exercise regimen, which included a lot of TRX training.

"Nobody said it would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it," she captioned a photo of herself sweating it out in the gym.

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While studying at Brown, Cara was a founding member of the school's chapter of Kappa Delta sorority. She also had the opportunity to meet President Barack Obama while he was in office and noted he has "the softest hand I've ever shook."

As she sets out on her Miss America duties, Cara will receive a $50,000 scholarship. Considering she's about to start Notre Dame for her law studies, that cash will surely come in handy.

Cara kicked off her first day as Miss America with the annual "toe dip" at the beach in Atlantic City, followed by a photo shoot.