Savvy Shields was crowned Miss America Sunday night – here's five things to know about the winner

By Julie Mazziotta
September 12, 2016 12:10 PM

Hey Beyoncé – we’ve got someone who wants to join you on the Formation World Tour.

Savvy Shields was crowned the newest Miss America Sunday night, and she admitted to a Bey-related life goal. Here’s that and four more things you need to know about the pageant queen from Arkansas.

1. She’s ready for her “Lemonade” debut

Shields is a serious dancer – her talent was a jazz dance performance that won her a $2,000 scholarship in the preliminary portion of the pageant – and she has bigger dreams.

Savvy Shields
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“My secret dream is to be a background dancer for Beyoncé,” Shields, 21, revealed during the competition.

2. She’s an art major

“My defining moment was when I became an art major, because in doing so, I came to realize that there are so many different lifestyles and beliefs other than my own and that they are all equally validated,” she said in a press release. Now in her senior year at Arkansas, Shields is also working towards a business minor.

3. She wants to be an art professor

Along with her dance skills, Shields is a talented artist. She’s an art major at the University of Arkansas, and hopes to earn her Masters of Fine arts, and “teach on the university level.”

4. Shields wants to encourage others to eat healthy

The Fayetteville, Arkansas, native hopes to educate people on how the food we eat affects the world as part of her “Eat Better, Live Better” platform.

“We can all make daily choices that will help us eat better, live better,” Shields says. “I encourage people to take control of their health and take on the challenge to reduce our nation’s rate of obesity and the chronic metabolic diseases that can be prevented with dietary intervention.”

5. She’s a sorority girl

Shields is a proud Kappa Kappa Gamma member, and got a sweet homecoming sendoff at her sorority house before she left for the Miss America competition in Atlantic City.

“I am most #confident when I am surrounded by my people,” she posted on Instagram at the sendoff. “I am a collection of all the people I have met in my life, and I would not be the human I am today without these girls. Thank you all for loving me always.”

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