Miss America 2019 thanks Brooklyn for her win
Nia Imani Franklin, the Clinton Hill resident who was crowned Miss America on Sunday, says living in Brooklyn gave her the edge she needed to win the competition.
“Living here has given me even more of a grit and sense of self,” Franklin told ABC. “I’m really excited about that, and I think that’s what’s going to help me have a wonderful year as Miss America.”
Franklin, previously crowned Miss New York, is the first Miss America to have won the pageant since it eliminated its swimsuit competition, a move spearheaded by former Miss America Gretchen Carlson.
Franklin told ABC the swimsuit portion was “not really missed,” and that its absence helped her “focus more on what I wanted the world to know.” A classically trained composer and singer, she performed part of an opera in the talent portion of the competition.