Updated: Oct 5, 2018
By: Candice Teal
The Miss America Competition is one of the most influential pageants here in the United States. For 92 years it has given women the opportunity to show us why they should represent America. The job of Miss America entails being the ultimate representative for the communities. Miss America makes this happen through public speaking, media appearances, scholarships, sponsorships, partnerships, etc.
On Sunday, September 9, 2018, the 92nd Miss America Competition was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Representing New York, Nia Franklin was crowned the winner. Miss Connecticut, Bridget Oei, came in second as the runner up.
Although, the new Miss America competed in the competition as Miss New York, she is a Winston-Salem, North Carolina native. She earned her Master’s degree in music composition from UNC School of the Arts. Sometime after, she was accepted into the Kenan Fellow program at Lincoln Center Education in Manhattan, and decided to stay in New York. Before winning the Miss America Competition, she won the Miss Five Boroughs Pageant.
The biggest controversy regarding the competition was the elimination of the swimsuit segment. This year, the show’s ratings were at a record low. Many believe that eliminating the swimsuit portion of the show is the reason for the low ratings.
The Miss America organization renamed the pageant “Miss America 2.0”. With the new name, meant a new program. They no longer believed in judging the contestants based on their looks alone. They replaced the swimsuit segment with an interview segment.
Nia Franklin supported this change. According to Mashable, she told reporters, "I’m happy that I didn’t have to do so to win this title tonight because I’m more than just that.”
The best of luck to our new Miss America!