The new Miss USA Olivia Jordan is the first woman from Oklahoma to win the top title, and she said when asked about Donald Trump in her first news conference Sunday that Miss USA is more than one person or one owner.
"We have freedom of speech in this country and that's a beautiful right and it helps us draw attention to issues that are important and immigration is a certainly an important issue in this country," she said, in addressing Trump's comments.
"This is an organization certainly celebrates diversity and I think that that was very clear on stage tonight," she continued. "And I look forward to being a part of this brand and a part of working forward to spread a message of love and diversity and acceptance."
In a presidential campaign speech a few weeks ago, Trump said Mexico was sending drug dealers, rapists and criminals into the United States. He has stood by those comments, despite them igniting a firestorm of controversy for the Miss USA pageant, which was dropped by two national networks.
During the pageant, Jordan said race relations are the next hot-button issue that the United States needs to tackle. She also said she would like to see African American abolitionist and former slave Harriet Tubman on the $10 bill.
Jordan, 26, was one of the few blond-haired, blue-eyed, all-American looking contestants who advanced through the pageant. Her reference to diversity being showcased on Sunday evening was a nod to the four Hispanic contestants and multiple black contestants who advanced to the top 15 and down to the top five throughout the night.
As for the legacy she hopes to create as Miss USA, Jordan set the bar high. She said she wants to change the world -- laughing and acknowledging that it's a lofty goal.
She also said she wanted to celebrate her win with popcorn. Although she wore a fuchsia ball gown reminiscent of the Antebellum period, she said that pink was not her favorite her color before the pageant.
It is now though, she added, since it won her the title of Miss USA.