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People Have Very Mixed Feelings About Nia Franklin Becoming The 92nd Miss America Winner

Date January 8, 2019 15:52

New York’s Nia Franklin has kicked out 50 other contestants to become the 92nd winner of the Miss America beauty pageant.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She's not just another pretty face

Her win comes in a year of major shakeups for the pageant after former Fox News anchor and former winner herself, Gretchen Carlson, took over as chair of the board of trustees for the organization.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Franklin becomes the first Miss America to win after the swimsuit category was eliminated from the pageant, and for her talent segment, she chose to wow the crowd with a self-written opera performance.

Mixed reactions

It’s safe to assume that the proud owner of a Masters Degree in music composition has a music or theatre career in her future.

But, her victory is dividing pageant lovers already. Within minutes of the winner announcement, by a judging panel that included the champion boxer Laila Ali and former American Idol panelist, Randy Jackson, people online were throwing shots at her, suggesting that she did not merit the Miss America title.

However, the diversity of the contestant is something that has been celebrated online.

One commenter noted that

3 out of the 5 finalists competing for Miss America are women of color.

Well, she certainly has as many naysayers as she has fans. Do you think she deserves the crown?

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