Miss Virginia, 22-year-old Caressa Cameron, walked away with the crown and a $50,000 Miss America scholarship tonight in Las Vegas wearing a bright yellow satin gown with embellished bodice and massive chandelier earrings.
Caressa Cameron wore her long dark hair in a loose, side swept coif, that distinguished her from several of the blonde finalists who also seemed to be sharing the same tube of red lipstick.
Talent and smarts (rather than style) seemed to be the main factors that helped this beauty edge out the competition, including first runner-up and fellow brunette, Miss California Kristy Cavinder.
Caressa Cameron, who sang a stirring rendition of "Listen" from "Dreamgirls," did an impressive Beyoncé imitation and won an early talent round in the competition. (Rather than giving a single talent prize, the competition now divides the contestants into groups and awards talent on successive nights).
Kristy Cavinder won a preliminary talent segment as well for a ballet performance.
Miss Virginia then went on to give a coherent and confident answer to a question submitted by a spectator on the Las Vegas Strip regarding ways to address childhood obesity:
"Take away the TV. Take away the video games. Go outside and play games like I did when I was a kid. Go see what the world is like," she told host Mario Lopez.
Lopez was assisted in hosting duties by a dapper Clinton Kelly of TLC's "What Not To Wear."
Caressa Cameron -- who assumes the reign from newly engaged Miss America 2009 Katie Stam (formerly Miss Indiana) -- began competing in pageants at the age of 14.
She has told interviewers that her interest in the pageant world stems from a desire to help raise HIV-AIDS prevention awareness after losing an uncle to the disease.
Her professional aspiration -- no surprise here -- is to be an anchor woman.
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