Miss Arkansas crowned Miss America

Savvy Shields from Arkansas has been crowned Miss America 2017 in Atlantic City pageant's 96th year.

ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY (REUTERS) - Savvy Shields, a college student from Arkansas, won the annual Miss America pageant on Sunday (Sept 11) after impressing judges with a jazz dance routine and her answer to a question about her take on presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Shields, who adopted "Eat better, live better" as her platform for the competition, also performed a jazz dance to They Just Keep Moving The Line from the TV show Smash.

The first runner-up was Rachel Wyatt, Miss South Carolina, who fielded a question about immigration in the United States. She was followed by contestants from New York, Washington and Mississippi.

Missouri's Erin O'Flaherty, who in June became the first openly lesbian contestant in the history of the nearly century-old pageant, failed to make the first cut of 15 selected from 52 entrants from the 50 US states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The winner receives a six-figure salary, expenses for the year and a US$50,000 (S$68,000) scholarship.