Nia Franklin was Crowned as the new Miss America on Sunday 9th September at the Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
“Dancing with the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba hosted the pageant. Judges included Laila Ali, Bobby Bones, Randy Jackson, Jessie James Decker, Soledad O’Brien, Alli Webb, and Carnie Wilson. Nia Franklin who represented New York during the competition was so excited to take over from Cara Mund after she became the winner of Miss America 2.0.
When she was asked what she will do with the Miss America platform, She had this to say: “I would start by sharing my story,” she said. “I grew up at a predominately Caucasian school and there was only 5 percent minority, and I felt out of place so much because of the color of my skin.
“But growing up, I found my love of arts, and through music that helped me to feel positive about myself and about who I was,” she continued, “and that’s what I would encourage women to do – young girls to do is find who they are.”
She also explained how being Miss New York prepared her for her next job as Miss America.
“I have New York grit,” said Franklin. “I have moved over five times because of subletting in New York. It can be a little difficult because of the pricey rent, but I’ve overcome that. And also, as a New Yorker, I understand what it takes to work hard. I came upon a Lincoln Center fellowship because I’m an artist, and I’m really excited to just share my platform my social impact advocating for the arts and make sure all students have access to a quality education.”
Like her Predecessor, Cara Mund she will receive $50,000 and an all year round employment as the new face of Miss America.
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