Cara Mund (// KAR-ə; born December 8, 1993) is an American beauty pageant titleholder from Bismarck, North Dakota. In June 2017, she was crowned Miss North Dakota 2017. On September 10, 2017, she was crowned Miss America 2018 in Atlantic City, the first contestant from North Dakota to win the competition.
Mund in January 2018
Cara D. Mund
December 8, 1993
Bismarck, North Dakota, U.S.
|Alma mater||Brown University|
|Title||Miss Northern Lights 2017|
Miss North Dakota 2017
Miss America 2018
|Term||September 10, 2017 – September 9, 2018|
Early life and educationEdit
Born in Bismarck, North Dakota, Mund is a national award-winning choreographer and dancer. In high school, she trained four summers with the Radio City Rockettes and was named one of their "Successful Rockette Women" in 2019. Since the age of 14, Mund has organized an annual fundraising fashion show benefiting the Make-a-Wish Foundation. In high school, Mund served as her school's National Honor Society president, graduated as her class' valedictorian, and was voted "most likely to become Miss America."
She began pageantry as a child, capturing the titles of Little Miss North Dakota, Miss Pre-Teen North Dakota, and Miss Junior Teen North Dakota. Mund later competed in Miss North Dakota's Outstanding Teen 2010 as Miss Red River Valley's Outstanding Teen. She went on to win the competition, and competed in Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2011. She later was the 4th runner-up at the Miss North Dakota Teen USA 2012 pageant.
She graduated with honors from Brown University in 2016 with a degree in business, entrepreneurship, and organizations. Her thesis was on Miss America. where she served as the president of the sorority Kappa Delta. She has said that the school helped her "think on [her] feet." Prior to being crowned Miss America, she expressed plans to attend law school and had been accepted to Notre Dame Law School.
Miss North DakotaEdit
Mund competed in Miss North Dakota 2016 as Miss Oil Country, and was the first runner-up. She returned to the competition the following year as Miss Northern Lights 2017, and was crowned Miss North Dakota 2017, with her platform being "A Make-A-Wish Passion with Fashion."
Intern for Senator HoevenEdit
From August to December 2016, she interned for Republican Senator John Hoeven in Washington D.C. and has expressed interest in representing North Dakota in the state and U.S. Senate as well as being the first woman to be elected Governor of North Dakota. Mund is a relative of Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for President of the United States.
Miss America 2018Edit
Mund represented North Dakota in the Miss America 2018 competition held at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in September 2017. Her platform was "A Make-A-Wish Passion with Fashion." In the preliminary competitions, Mund was named the first runner-up for the Quality of Life Award.
On September 10, 2017, Mund was crowned Miss America 2018 by Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, besting first runner-up, Miss Missouri 2017, Jennifer Davis. Along with the title of Miss America, she received a $50,000 scholarship. Mund is the first contestant from North Dakota to win the Miss America title. She is also the last Miss America to ever compete in the swimsuit portion of competition.
During her reign, Mund served as the 2018 National Goodwill Ambassador for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and worked closely with the USO. In solidarity with the #MeToo movement, she wore black to the 2018 State of the Union, and in the March/April 2018 issue of the alumni magazine of her Ivy League school, she represented the Miss America organization, saying that it was the largest scholarship provider to women and that "it`s more relevant than ever". She expressed an interest in its change from the inside positive towards its current trajectory, "the organization really did exactly what it was meant to do, and that was to empower women and give them the skills to be able to stand up for themselves."
In August 2018, Mund criticized the Miss America Organization in a five-page letter, stating "My voice is not heard nor wanted by our current leadership, nor do they have any interest in knowing who I am and how my experiences relate to positioning the organization for the future.”
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