In an unprecedented event, Nia Imani Franklin became the first Miss America not to wear a swimsuit during the pageant. The young woman, who represented the state of New York, appreciated that these changes have been implemented by the organizers of the competition.
"I'm glad I didn't have to do it [parade in a swimsuit] to win this title tonight because I'm more of just that," Franklin warned the media. "And all those women on stage are more than just that."
This year it was decided that the swimsuit competition would no longer exist and instead much more in-depth interviews would be held for the contestants. Of course, this decision was the subject of controversy and criticism against those responsible for Miss America, Gretchen Carlson, national president, and Regina Hopper, general director. However, they went ahead with this new policy; which, was very well seen by its current winner.
"I think those changes will be great for our organization," she said. "I have seen as many young people approaching me personally as Miss New York to ask how they can get involved, because I think they feel more empowered by not having to walk in a bathing suit to win a scholarship".
After her triumph, Nia Imani Franklin was awarded a scholarship worth $ 50,000; she won the crown after leaving the other finalists Bridget Oei, Miss Connecticut, in second place; Sooty Conway, Miss Louisiana, in third; Taylor Tyson, Miss Florida, in fourth, and Gabriela Taveras, Miss Massachusetts, in fifth.