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Miss New York Nia Franklin is crowned Miss America 2019

10 September 2018

Miss New York Nia Franklin was crowned Miss America 2019 on Sunday night. Franklin received her crown and sash from last year's winner, Cara Mund. Miss Connecticut, Bridget Oei, was named first runner-up. The nearly-century old competition made news earlier this year after it announced that it would drop its well-known swimsuit competition this year and would no longer judge contestants based on their physical appearance.

Organizers said the event would no longer call itself a "pageant," in a bid to modernize its image at a time when the #MeToo movement has shone a harsh light on pervasive sexual discrimination and harassment in American life.