Nia Imani Franklin was the first woman to win the Miss America crown without having to wear a swimsuit and she says she is glad she didn’t have to. Franklin won the Miss America title on Sunday in Atlantic City while competing as Miss New York.
After winning the crown, Franklin was met with reporters where she revealed that she is glad she didn’t have to wear a swimsuit in the competition because she is “more than just that.”
“These changes, I think, will be great for our organization,” she said. “I’ve already seen so many young women reaching out to me personally as Miss New York asking how they can get involved because I think they feel more empowered that they don’t have to do things such as walk in a swimsuit for a scholarship. And I’m happy that I didn’t have to do so to win this title tonight because I’m more than just that,” Franklin said. “And all these women onstage are more than just that.”
Franklin won a $50,000 scholarship along with the crown in the first Miss America pageant to be held without a swimsuit competition. The fourth runner up was Miss Massachusetts Gabriela Taveras; third runner up was Miss Florida Taylor Tyson; second runner up was Miss Louisiana Holli’ Conway, and the first runner up was Miss Connecticut Bridget Oei.