Things to Know About Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin

Miss New York Nia Imani Franklin named Miss America 2019

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.

Coming in as the first runner-up is Miss Connecticut Bridget Oei, while Miss Louisiana Holli Conway came in as the night's second runner-up.

Meeting reporters soon after winning the crown, Franklin said she's glad there was no swimsuit competition because it enabled her to eat a little more. While receiving her crown, she said, "It took a lot of perseverance to get here, and I want to thank my family, my mom and dad, who is a survivor of cancer". "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".

"I was told I could never be Miss America because of my size", she said, adding she is comfortable with who she is.

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"Dancing with the Stars" judge Carrie Ann Inaba hosted the pageant.

Instead of a swimsuit competition, the competitors had a interactive session with the judges panel, which included Soledad O'Brien, Randy Jackson, Laila Ali, Bobby Bones, Jessie James Decker, Carnie Wilson and Alli Webb.

The Miss America organization, which was recently renamed Miss America 2.0, has faced considerable controversy in the past year.

Following the report, journalist and former Miss America Gretchen Carlson was appointed chair. The theory behind the change was that while the swimsuits highlighted women's bodies in a way that could be perceived as "sexist", a question-and-answer portion would be more likely showcase the female intellect.

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Cara Mund, who was crowned past year while competing as Miss North Dakota, accused Miss America leadership of silencing and bullying her after she was crowned.

Mund's accusations led to numerous state organizations demanding that national chairwoman Gretchen Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper resign.

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".

Carlson denied Mund's allegations in a statement on Twitter, saying she was "saddened beyond words". Here's everything you need to know about the newly crowned victor.

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