Miss America 2019 has just been crowned!
Last night at the Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Miss New York Nia Franklin won the big honor!
It took no time for Franklin to win over the hearts of many as she strutted the stage and wowed each judge. The Miss America 2019 pageant was hosted by Dancing With the Stars judge, Carrie Ann Inaba and co-hosted by Ross Matthews.
The judges this year was a star-studded panel as boxing champion and cookbook writer, Laila Ali sat alongside country music artists, Bobby Bones, Jessie James Decker, former American Idol panelist, Randy Jackson, award-winning journalist, Soledad O’Brien, Drybar founder, Alli Webb, and regular co-host of The View, Carnie Wilson.
Miss Connecticut was the first runner-up, followed by Miss Louisiana, Holli Conway, Miss Florida, Taylor Tyson, and Miss Massachusetts, Gabriela Taveras. The tiara was presented to Nia from Miss America 2018, Cara Mund.
In Nia’s talent portion of the show, Nia completely stunned the crowd with her singing abilities by performing part of an opera.
She was asked how she would use her title as Miss America to promote positive body image in the question-and-answer portion and stated,
“I grew up in a school with only 5% minority, but growing up, I found my love of arts and through music, I felt positive about myself and who I was. That’s what I would encourage young girls to do, find who you are.”
The pageant this year made an outstanding transformation as the swimsuit competition was eliminated from the show. Congratulations to Miss America 2019, Nia Franklin!
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