miss america caressa cameron miss virginia 320 Miss America 2010: Miss Virginia Caressa Cameron sings BeyonceMiss Virginia took home the title of Miss America 2010 Saturday night (Jan. 30).

Caressa Cameron took the crown from the previous Miss America, Katie Stam, during the live broadcast from Las Vegas, winning a $50,000 scholarship.

The 22-year-old broadcast journalism student and resident of Fredericksburg, Va., first wowed the audience and judges in her swimsuit and evening gown and then with her strong performance of Beyonce’s “Listen” from the movie “Dreamgirls.”

So, “Listen,” why don’t you?

She was also very quick and candid about advice to help America’s youth overcome the rise in obesity: Turn off the TV and play outside.

This was a relatively easy question to answer, given that in order to become Miss Virginia in the first place, she was faced with a much tougher one: Her stance on Prop 8, which is opposed to same-sex marriage.

The Miss Virginia pageant in July 2009 only followed a few months after the former Miss California Carrie Prejean answered a similar question, saying she only believed only men should marry women. Cameron also agreed with this sentiment “because of my religious background, but I don’t believe we should legislate against gay marriage. One doesn’t de-solidify the other.”

Check out her Miss America 2010 crowning moment:

Miss California Kristy Cavinder was the first runner-up, winning $25,000.

Did you watch? Did Miss Virginia deserve to win?

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