Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Who Won Miss America 2019? Meet N.Y.'s Nia Imani Franklin

Who Won Miss America 2019? Meet N.Y.'s Nia Imani Franklin

Franklin won a $50,000 scholarship along with the crown in the first Miss America pageant to be held without a swimsuit competition. Mallory Hagan, Nina Davuluri and Kira Kazantsev won the title from 2013 to 2015 competing as Miss New York.

The swimsuits are gone, but there has been plenty of controversy surrounding this year's competition that could keep viewers tuning in.

Instead, contestants were asked an onstage interview question by other contestants.

Miss West Virginia Madeline Collins introduces herself during the third and final night of preliminary competition in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City N.J. today.

Miss Connecticut, Bridget Oei, came in as runner-up for the event, and she received $25,000 in college scholarships.

This year marks the first time the broadcast did not include the swimsuit portion.

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The swimsuits were replaced by onstage interviews, which have generated attention-grabbing remarks from contestants regarding President Trump, and National Football League player protests, among other topics. Later in the night, during her onstage interview, Collins said President Trump "has created a lot of division in this country".

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Both Carlson and Hopper have faced calls to resign from state directors and former Miss Americas.

On the same night the National Football League's season opener featured Nike's controversial Colin Kaepernick ad, one Miss America contestant advanced through the preliminary round after addressing the NFL kneeling protests.

Miss America 2018, Cara Mund, aired her greviences with the organization, specifically with Carlson, in a letter that went public last month, stating she had been "silenced". They deny doing any of that, saying they have been working tirelessly to move the organization into the future.

Mund made a special appearance during this year's pageant and shared a special message, though she did not acknowledge her previous allegations of silencing and bullying.

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