Savvy Shields

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Savvy Shields
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Shields in September 2017
Savannah Janine Shields

(1995-07-01) July 1, 1995 (age 25)
Alma materUniversity of Arkansas
TitleMiss Heart of the Ozarks 2016
Miss Arkansas 2016
Miss America 2017
TermSeptember 11, 2016 – September 10, 2017
PredecessorBetty Cantrell
SuccessorCara Mund
Nate Wolfe
(m. 2018)

Savannah Janine "Savvy" Shields Wolfe (born July 1, 1995) is an American beauty pageant titleholder from Fayetteville, Arkansas who was crowned Miss Arkansas 2016. On September 11, 2016, she was crowned Miss America 2017 by Miss America 2016, Betty Cantrell.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Shields earned a degree in fine arts and a minor in business at the University of Arkansas in 2018.[2][3] She was also a member of the Gamma Nu chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Arkansas.[4] After her reign as Miss America, she returned to the University of Arkansas in January 2018.[5]


Early pageantry[edit]

Shields won the Miss Arkansas' Outstanding Teen 2009 title in June 2009 and represented Arkansas at the 2010 Miss America's Outstanding Teen pageant in Orlando, Florida in August.[6] After winning Miss Arkansas Collegiate, Shields was crowned Miss Collegiate America 2013 at the Miss Collegiate America Pageant in Orlando, Florida on July 8, 2013.

Miss Arkansas 2016[edit]

In July 2016, Shields competed as Miss Heart of the Ozarks and won the preliminary lifestyle and fitness and preliminary talent awards at the Miss Arkansas 2016 pageant.[2] She went on to win the Miss Arkansas 2016 title, with a platform of “Eat Better, Live Better.”[2][7][8]

Miss America 2017[edit]

Shields represented Arkansas at the Miss America 2017 competition held at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey in September 2016. Her platform was "Eat Better, Live Better."[7]

Shields won the talent portion and a $2,000 scholarship at the conclusion of the second round of preliminary competitions on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, for her jazz dance performance to the song, “They Just Keep Moving the Line” from the TV show Smash.[1][9] In the final round of the competition, Shields was asked about presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, by judge, Gabby Douglas. In her allotted 20 second response, she answered, "If you're trying to be leader of the free world, everything you say and do matters, and all of your actions are held to a higher standard. And unfortunately, the media does love to sensationalize everything, and its hard to tell what is truth and what is truly scandal..."[10][11]

She bested first runner-up, Miss South Carolina 2016, Rachel Wyatt, for the 2017 Miss America title and was crowned by Miss America 2016, Betty Cantrell, on September 11, 2016. Along with the title of Miss America, Shields also won a $50,000 scholarship. Shields is the third Miss Arkansas to win the Miss America title, along with Donna Axum in 1964, and Elizabeth Ward in 1982.[5]

Personal life[edit]

About 3 months after her passing on the crown at the Miss America 2018 pageant, Shields' long-time boyfriend, Nate Wolfe, proposed on December 15, 2017.[12][13] The couple were married on July 28, 2018 in Bentonville, Arkansas.[14][15] The couple currently resides in New York, New York.


  1. ^ a b "Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields Crowned Miss America 2017". Huffington Post. 12 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Savvy Shields crowned Miss Arkansas at Hot Springs pageant". Harrison Daily. 12 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Miss America 2017: 'Savvy' Miss Arkansas wins crown, 6-figure salary". Retrieved September 12, 2016.
  4. ^ Stampler, Laura (September 12, 2016). "7 Things to Know About Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields". Teen Vogue.
  5. ^ a b "Miss America 2017 is: Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields". USA Today. Retrieved September 12, 2016.
  6. ^ "Shields crowned Miss Arkansas' Outstanding Teen". Log Cabin Democrat. 29 June 2009.
  7. ^ a b "Savvy Shields of Fayetteville crowned Miss Arkansas 2016". Washington Times. 10 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Miss Arkansas 2016 Savvy Shields". Fox 24 News. 20 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Miss Arkansas and Miss Maryland Win Preliminary Awards on Wednesday September 7th, the Second Night of the 2017 Miss America Competition". Miss America Organization. September 7, 2016. Retrieved September 12, 2016.
  10. ^ "New Miss America Savvy Shields is Asked About Hillary Clinton". YouTube. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  11. ^ GuzmÁN, Natasha (September 11, 2017). "Fox Writer Bashes Miss America Contestants As Nasty Women For Calling Out Trump". Bustle.
  12. ^ Christman, Jennifer (December 24, 2017). "PAPER TRAILS: Beau pops question to Savvy Shields, former Miss America from Arkansas". Arkansas Online.
  13. ^ "December 15, 2017". Savvy Janine. December 20, 2017.
  14. ^ "Former Miss America Savvy Shields Talks Wedding Planning, Bridesmaid Proposals & More". Arkansas Bride. April 10, 2018.
  15. ^ Chen, Joyce (August 13, 2018). "Exclusive: Miss America Savvy Shields Shares Her Dreamy Wedding Album". The Knot.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Betty Cantrell
Miss America
Succeeded by
Cara Mund
Preceded by
Loren McDaniel
Miss Arkansas
Succeeded by
Savannah Skidmore[1]
  1. ^ "New Miss Arkansas named after Shields wins Miss America". Arkansas Online. 12 September 2016.