Miss Nueva York Miss America 2019
Miss New York, Nia Imani Franklin, won the title Miss America 2019 in Atlantic City on Sunday, in a contest for the first time there was no parade in a bathing suit.
"I'm glad I did not have to do it to win this title tonight because I'm more than just that," Franklin said of the parade in a bathing suit after the event. "And all these women on stage are more than just that."
The decision to eliminate competition in swimsuits aroused great controversy and criticism of the current direction of Miss America. Minutes before the broadcast, when a comedian who entertained the crowd mentioned that there would be no competition in swimsuit there was a loud booing in the audience.
That parade was replaced by on-stage interviews and the contestants drew attention with statements about President Donald Trump and the protests of NFL players, among other issues.
With his crown, Franklin resumed the series of triumphs that the state has had in the last years in the contest. Miss New York, Mallory Hagan, Nina Davuluri and Kira Kazantsev won the title from 2013 to 2015.
Apart from the title, Franklin received a $ 50,000 scholarship as a prize.
Franklin's theme in the contest was "defending the arts." Franklin, a classical music singer, played a selection of pieces from the opera La Boheme on Sunday night.
Franklin's theme in the contest was "defending the arts." Franklin, a classical music singer, played a selection of pieces from the opera La Bohemia on Sunday night.
The judges selected the finalists from among 51 candidates during the contest held on the stage of the Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall.