LAS VEGAS - The morning after her big win, Lauren Nelson, the brand-new Miss America, said she felt different the moment she woke up. "I looked over on my bedside table and I had the Miss America crown sitting next to me," Nelson told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
But, in case anyone is wondering, she added, "I didn't actually sleep with it on."
Nelson, 20, became the 80th woman to hold the Miss America title and the second-straight crown-holder from Oklahoma.
She received her tiara Monday night under a shower of confetti at the culmination of the two-hour pageant, which marked its second year on the Las Vegas Strip since moving from its longtime home in Atlantic City, N.J., and its second year on cable's Country Music Television channel.
After her crowning, Nelson, of Lawton, spent some time with family and supporters, then got to indulge her sweet tooth with some caramel turtle cheesecake, something she said she had been "definitely missing."
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