Miss America Contestant: Donald Trump Has "Caused A Lot Of Division"

Sergio Cunningham
September 10, 2018

Tonight 23-year-old opera singer Nia Imani Franklin who competed in the competition as Miss New York won the title of Miss America 2019 becoming the 92nd victor of the title, which concluded on live TV Sunday evening in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

For the first time in its almost 100-year history, the revamped Miss America pageant took place tonight sans its iconic swimsuit and evening gown competitions.

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"I just want to thank God for this, it took a lot of perseverance to get here", she said shortly after winning, also thanking her family and especially her father, who is a survivor of cancer. "And all my sisters behind me, I love each and every one of you".

Her response impressed the judges as well. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Franklin said that she wanted to promote diversity, especially within the arts.

The competition was the 98th Miss America pageant.

The judges were so impressed with her answer, she was awarded the $1,000 prelim onstage question scholarship.

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The tone of the competition was noticeably different from years past, with the opening sequence featuring the competitors clad in jeans and even a few sweatpants, and saying adjectives such as "strong", "confident" and "compassionate". It was a success and eventually evolved into a scholarship competition that now has a heavy focus on contestants' social platforms, which ranged this year from mental-health awareness to STEM inclusion.

The Miss America organization, which was recently renamed Miss America 2.0, has faced considerable controversy in the past year.

Officials said they confirmed Cara Mund's claims that Carlson bullied her and others.

Mund only appeared at the very end of the pageant before the next victor was crowned.

ABC broadcast Miss America live from Atlantic City on Sunday night. "And to demonstrate how they are uniquely qualified for the exciting, challenging 365-day job of Miss America".

Another Miss America contestant captured headlines for her response when she was asked what advice she would give NFL players on whether to kneel or stand for the national anthem.

In December, the Huffington Post revealed emails that showed former CEO Sam Haskell mocking competitors with misogynistic language.

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