Erin O'Flaherty, 23, made history as the first openly gay Miss Missouri when she was crowned on Saturday in Mexico, Missouri.

According to the AP, she is the first openly gay woman to be named Miss Missouri.

“I'm on cloud nine really just to be Miss Missouri,” said O'Flaherty, who owns a clothing store.

She told the AP that she came out five years ago.

“I don't know that I intended to be the first [openly gay Miss Missouri], but I am,” she said. “So I'm very excited about it.”

O'Flaherty will represent Missouri at the Miss America scholarship pageant, which is scheduled to take place September 11 in Atlantic City.

She said that her reign would include reaching out to the LGBT community.

“It's certainly a big part of who I am, and I will be promoting it and raising awareness for the LGBT community. But also there will be many appearances that I do that have nothing to do with that. And so I'm hoping that I can strike a really nice balance of staying true to the values of Miss Missouri and also being able to exercise my personal views,” she said.

O'Flaherty added that she wanted to raise awareness of suicide prevention.