Miss New York Nia Imani Franklin Crowned Miss America 2019

Congratulations to Miss New York Nia Imani Franklin who was crowned Miss America 2019. The competition took place Sunday evening at was aired live on ABC.

“It took a lot of perseverance to get here and I just want to thank my beautiful family,” she said.

The pageant featured 51 women competing for the coveted title. Laila Ali, Bobby Jones, Jessie James Decker, Randy Jackson, Soledad O’Brien, Alli Webb and Carnie Wilson served as judges.

This was the very first year the competition did not include the swimsuit competition.

“Starting this year, candidates will no longer be judged on outward appearance. The choice of wardrobe is now open so everyone can express their own very individual style,” the Miss America website reads. “Throughout the competition, candidates will have opportunities to advocate for their social initiatives. And to demonstrate how they are uniquely qualified for the exciting, challenging 365-day job of Miss America.”


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