Miss Indiana Katie Stam, a viewer-selected finalist, wins Miss America

The woman who won Miss America Saturday night was selected as a finalist by viewers of TCL’s reality series Countdown to the Crown.

Miss Indiana, Katie Stam, won the title and $50,000. The runner-up, Miss Georgia Chastity Hardman, was also one of four viewer-selected finalists; viewers also voted for Miss South Dakota Alexandra Hoffman and Miss Alabama Amanda Tapley.

She won despite having “battled a throat infection and laryngitis throughout the week,” as the AP reports. That didn’t stop her from discussing “glamour and elegance” during the evening wear part of the competition, when she said “Glamour is that beauty that you feel on the inside — the confidence that radiates.”

Viewers were able to vote for four finalists after the conclusion of Countdown to the Crown on Friday night.

22-year-old Miss Indiana crowned Miss America [AP]
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