On Sunday, September 9, the newest Miss America was crowned. The pageant was a historic one for the organization, as it was the first time that the swimsuit portion of the competition was not included.
In the end, Miss New York Nia Franklin ended up winning the coveted Miss America title. She was crowned as the 92nd Miss America on Sunday night’s event in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Following her win, Franklin said, “It took a lot of perseverance to get here. I want to thank my beautiful family, my mom and my dad, who is a survivor of cancer.”
According to Fox, Franklin is an opera singer who earned a master’s degree in music composition from UNC School of the Arts. In addition, she participated in the Kenan Fellow program at the Lincoln Center Education in New York.
During the competition, Franklin talked about her path with music and the challenges it has helped her through.
She said, “I grew up at a predominately Caucasian school and there was only five percent minority, and I felt out of place so much because of the color of my skin. But growing up, I found my love of arts, and through music that helped me to feel positive about myself and about who I was.”
The judges for this year’s competition were Laila Ali, Bobby Bones, Randy Jackson, Jessie James Decker, Soledad O’Brien, Alli Webb, and Carnie Wilson.
Below are some of the congratulation posts to Nia Franklin on her win:
Congrats to Miss New York Nia Franklin for being crowned the new Miss America! Share your congratulations here! In other recent news about the pageant, the sad news was reported over the weekend that former Miss USA, Universe died after a battle with cancer.