New York’s Nia Franklin has kicked out 50 other contestants to become the 92nd winner of the Miss America beauty pageant.
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.
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.
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.
Not sure I'm liking this new version of #MissAmerica. The talent part is boring well that is until Miss New York showed up Wow! Now that is Talent singing opera. #missamerica2019 pic.twitter.com/kYBXPmJHSK— Rebecca Aguilar (@RebeccaAguilar) September 10, 2018
However, the diversity of the contestant is something that has been celebrated online.
3 out of the 5 finalists competing for Miss America are women of color and I am genuinely happy for this representation #MissAmerica2019— Blake Moore (@blakemoore20) September 10, 2018
Ms America is BLACK GIRL FROM NEW YORK. TAKE THAT TRUMP.— pearlstoliveby (@Lyndablooms) September 10, 2018
Wonder if Mr. Trump will congratulate the newly crowned Miss America. Let's wait and see what he will tweet about the selection.— Craddocks (@771klcraddoc) September 10, 2018
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?