Who is Cara Mund? 5 Little-Known Facts About Miss America 2018 That No One Is Talking About

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She won the title of a lifetime along with a $50,000 scholarship and a six-figure salary.

Cara Mund made Miss America history Sept. 10 when she was the first-ever crowned from her home state of North Dakota. 

"We've only had three girls [from North Dakota] ever make it [to the Top 10]," the 23-year-old said during the pageant. "It just proves that it doesn't matter where you come from geographically. If you have the ability to do it and you dream it, you can do it."

The Bismark native beat the 50 other competitors during the annual pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and won a $50,000 scholarship, a six-figure salary and a contract with Dick Clark Productions. 

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Mund, who graduated from Brown University with a major in business, entrepreneurship, and organizations, said her next goal is to graduate law school. She's known for her charitable ways, raising $80,000 for the Make-A-Wish foundation.

Mund has been working with the foundation for a decade where she also founded the Make-A-Wish Fashion Show in North Dakota when she was only 14. She was even recognized by Barak Obama in 2011. 

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Pageant judge Molly Sims told reporters it was Mund's offstage interview that impressed her. She talked about how a high school guidance counselor shut her down. 

"You're never going to an Ivy League school," the counselor had said. She said, 'OK, well watch me.'" Mund graduated with honors. 

Her vocal opinions and interest in women in politics make her a badass Miss America who we can't wait to watch. Here are five awesome things we're sure you didn't know about her: 

1. She wants to be the first woman elected governor of North Dakota.

Mund has been public about her desire to run for office in her home state. She's told reporters that she wants to enter politics "someday," and her dream is to be the first female elected governor in North Dakota. 

Though no Miss America has ever won public office, one of Mund's professors at Brown said Mund has a shot. 

2. She's not afraid to be vocal about her opinions when it comes to politics.

In an onstage interview, Mund disagreed with President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the climate accord aimed at reducing green house gas emissions that contribute to global warning. 

"It's a bad decision," she said. "There is evidence that climate change is existing and we need to be at that table."

After the interview, she stood by her answer at a press conference. 

"I wasn't really afraid if my opinion wasn't the opinion of my judges," she said. "Miss America needs to have an opinion and she needs to know what's happening in the current climate."

3. She's inspired by her mother's ongoing battle with cancer.

She told reporters during the competition that her mother is her greatest role model. 

"She's been diagnosed with cancer three times," she said. "Despite the circumstances, she's always told me, you can't control the cards you're dealt, but you can control the hand."

4. She's a talented dancer.

Mund's been a dancer most of her life and even trained with the Rockettes. During the competition, she performed a jazz dance she choreographed herself to Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel." 

5. She's related to the first woman to run for president.  

Mund is reportedly related to Victoria Claflin Woodhull, the first woman to run for U.S. president, the first woman to run a Wall Street brokerage firm and the first woman to start a newspaper. 

"Since it runs in my family," she wrote in her biography on the Miss America website, "what will be my first?"

We can't wait to see. 

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Emily Blackwood is an editor at YourTango who covers pop culture, true crime, dating, relationships and everything in between. Every Wednesday at 10:20 p.m. you can ask her any and all questions about self-love, dating, and relationships LIVE on YourTango’s Facebook page. You can follow her on Instagram (@blackw00d) and Twitter (@emztweetz). 

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