Laura Kaeppeler Wins Miss America 2012

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Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler is the new Miss America.

The 23-year-old from Kenosha won the pageant and its $50,000 prize on Saturday in Las Vegas.

But before Kaeppeler was crowned Miss America, she first sang opera, strutted her stuff in a white bikini, and gracefully walked across the stage in a black beaded gown.

Laura Kaeppeler was also questioned whether pageant contestants should share their politic beliefs.

She said, “Miss America represents everyone, so I think the message to political candidates is that they represent everyone as well.”

“In these economic times, we need to be looking forward to what America needs, and I think Miss America needs to represent all,” added Kaeppeler.

Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson came in second, and Miss New York Kaitlyn Monte took third place.

While she wears the crown, Kaeppeler will champion the cause of mentoring kids whose parents are behind bars.

Kaeppeler’s own father, Jeff, spent 18 months in a federal prison for mail fraud.

Who were you rooting for to win Miss America?

Check out video below of Kaeppeler winning Miss America.

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