Miss America 2019: 6 Facts to Know About Miss New York, Nia Franklin, Who Won Historical Swimsuit-Free Competition

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The 2019 Miss America pageant tiara went to Miss New York, Nia Franklin. This is the fourth win for a Miss New York state titleholder in the past decade at Miss America.

Nexter.org prepared interesting facts about the winner you need to know.

And the winner is…

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Source: AP

Franklin, who is Miss New York, won the Miss America Competition which took place at the Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The show was hosted by Carrie Ann Inaba and Ross Matthews.

Her talent included operatic vocals and her poignant answers about identity won over loud cheers from the crowd.

She wrote her first song at age 6

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According to the Miss America website, the lyrics were, “Love, love, love, love, love, is the only thing that matters to me, hey, hey, hey, hey.”

She has dreams of winning a Grammy

In addition to singing, she also writes songs and composes music and is an advocate for cancer research, according to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Nia was one of the few people of color at her school

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Source: The New York Times

As she mentioned during the ceremony, Nia was one of the few people of color at her school, but she believes that her love of the arts helped her to bond with her fellow students.

“Although I was a minority in my school, I connected with my peers based on our mutual love of the arts,” she said in her Miss America bio. Or, as she said during the ceremony, “I found my love in arts and music, and that made me feel positive about myself and who I was.”

She donated stem cells to her father

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Did you know I was once a patient at a CMN Hospital? When my dad was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin t-cell lymphoma, he went through chemotherapy but relapsed twice. Finally, his doctors at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, NC, decided that a stem cell transplant would be the best chance at saving his life. They sent him to Duke Medical Center in Durham, NC, which is a CMN hospital. And I was the best stem cell donor match for him. I thank God for saving his life through this miraculous procedure! I haven't shared this picture before. In fact, only family and close friends have seen it. I was embarrassed because I was so bloated. (So vain, I know) The bloating resulted from a series of injections to get my blood ready. I am now empowered by this photo when I look at it. I know that I made a difference in my daddy's life and that is nothing to be ashamed of. My dad received his stem cell transplant on May 1, 2013, and he is alive and thriving, all to the glory of God and his awesome medical team at Duke Medical! The nurses were so sweet, and put a halo on my head because they said I was my daddy’s “angel!” I hope this encourages you to share and speak your truth because you never know who you will inspire and help. #GodisGood #stemcells

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Franklin’s father suffered from non-Hodgkin t-cell lymphoma and she mentioned this fact during her speech after being crowned the winner of the contest.

After undergoing chemotherapy and relapsing twice, Franklin’s father’s doctors suggested stem cell therapy, and it turns out his daughter was the ideal match. “I thank God for saving his life through this miraculous procedure!” she wrote.

The newly minted Miss America captioned an Instagram photo of herself in a hospital bed with multiple IVs that described her father’s cancer treatment and how she helped.

She’s the first winner of “Miss America 2.0”

She’s the first winner of what organizers have dubbed “Miss America 2.0,” which replaced the swimsuit competition with onstage interviews.Franklin praised the move while speaking with reporters Sunday night.

“These changes, I think, will be great for our organization,” she said, according to the AP. “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.”


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