Nia Franklin

Nia Franklin was crowned the new Miss America on Sunday night in Atlantic City, NJ. She is the first Miss America to be chosen in the revamped, no-more-swimsuits era. In addition to her crown, the 25-year-old New Yorker earned a $50,000 scholarship.

According to the Miss America website, Franklin is a classically trained singer, songwriter and composer. She wrote her first song at age 6. She earned a master's degree in music composition from the U. Of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2017.

Ms. Franklin works to raise awareness of cancer research. She donated her own stem cells to her father, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. It was an act of Love that saved her father's life.

The Miss America contestants did not wear bikinis or swimsuits in the newly revamped pageant that has been dubbed "Miss America 2.0".

The controversial overhaul of the Miss America pageant was the brainchild of former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, 52.

The new changes were announced in June. Since then, many Miss America contestants -- past and present -- have complained about the direction Carlson is taking the pageant in.

Carlson told Good Morning America "We are no longer a pageant; we are a competition. We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance."

The Miss America pageant, which was created nearly a century ago, was popular, in no small part thanks to the swimsuit competition.

Carlson, a former Miss America herself, made the decision to axe the swimsuit competition after reading vulgar emails about past contestants -- herself included.

Three executives were given the boot from the organization as a result of the fat-shaming emails.

Carlson tweeted about the emails in December:

"As a proud former Miss America and former member of the Board of the Miss America Organization, I am shocked and deeply saddened by the disgusting statements about women attributed to the leadership of the MAO. No woman should be demeaned with such vulgar slurs.”

Carlson said the new competition is inclusive of everyone.

"We've heard from a lot of young women who say, 'We'd love to be a part of your program, but we don't want to be out there in high heels and a swimsuit,'" she told GMA. "So guess what? You don't have to do that anymore. You're welcome. Please come join us."

Carlson sued Fox Network chairman and CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment. She settled with the network for a small fortune in 2016. Ailes died in 2017 from a subdural hematoma (blood clot in his brain) after falling and hitting his head at his home in Palm Beach, Florida.




  • hottlanta

    Congrats n waking u 2 good news is refreshing

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • FukkFolks2018

    Born, raised, schooled in NC! 336 better stand up! *hums Carolina Girls...about how we da best in the world* congrats Nia!

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  • justlooking

    Yessssssssssss stand up. Nothing could finer than to be Carolina.

  • PhillyFacts

    “Black Girls Rock”

  • Tahj

    She is BEAUTIFUL!! OMG Like a princess in a Disney movie!!!

  • PhillyFacts

    Y’all aight lol

  • Kimocha

    She's Gorgeous!

  • FukkFolks2018


  • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

    Chocolate sista.YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dblogged

    No honor being the face of the country that oppressed our ancestors. I understand the relative success behind this. Nevertheless, let’s focus on the bigger issue

  • the guest


    Congratulations Miss Franklin.

    Lovely clean cut young lady with a wonderful reign and career ahead!

  • Carmen Harrison Johnson


  • tintin

    what a cute girl

  • Queen B

    Awesome!!! ??

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  • Gail

    She was fabulous! So glad to see so much melanin in final 15, and at the judges' table. Although, the Latina had no business being on stage, especially after that horrendous song. I think the reparations were too obvious on that one.

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Congrats to her??????. I used to watch it faithfully as a child.

  • SweetTEE

    This makes me proud :) And she is gorgeous hunty.

  • Yoni7

    Congratulations, Girl!

  • CookieMobster

    Wow!! She is very beautiful!!

  • Nathan Hastings

    Black excellence; congratulations!

  • Fire & Ice

    Simply beautiful! Nia is an example of what young ladies, should aspire to be like. Not this this tacky, ghetto, ratchet nonsense, that's being forced on us.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Congrats are definitely in order! Beautiful

  • Yardgirl

    Soooooo happy!! Top 15 had 4 sisters and all 4 moved to top 10 and 3 to top 5!! I was in shock because that never happens. All 4 represented well with intelligence and talent. Black Girls do ROCK!!

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    It would have been better if she did it have that weave in trying to emulate white women

  • Faithz

    Congratulations, Shes Beautiful!!!!

  • Ryan

    Beautiful lady.

  • Logan Roberts

    Congrats Nia.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Black Girls do ROCK!!
    Yes we do!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    She's beautiful. I'm very happy for her...

  • Quitedeliteful

    *hums Carolina Girls

  • Quitedeliteful

    So true... I can't take no more bad news...

  • Renee26

    Congrats to her!!

  • hottlanta

    Chileeeeee when l was looking at vanzant n ole boy said he had sex with 341 women l was done. His wide was happy with 8 women.

  • Merkaba morris

    Beautiful Queen well deserved title .........Love and Light

  • MrsHBC

    She sang so beautifully! Very poised and beautiful young lady!

  • Parent

    Nice classy looking young lady.

  • Li-Wright

    She's pretty. Good luck to her!

  • CocoBabe88

    I was hoping she would win but couldn't stick around to the end.
    She was my favorite and the most beautiful one so I'm sooo happy for her!

  • Malcom Flex

    Beautiful! She has a good voice and is very classy!!

  • TransMichelle

    Yes wearing her hair natural would have been the icing on the cake.I bet but they won't allow that in the pageant. This is not a win for black folks in the truest since of the word.

  • TransMichelle

    So those women who like wearing high heels and a swim suit have been kicked to the curb. See this is stupid. The ladies should have a choice. There's nothing wrong with a woman having a nice figure. This Miss America is beautiful. Ugly women should sue and say that the pageant is discriminating against ugly women. Why does the pageant winner have to be beautiful?

  • Rhondalousey

    What hating idiot blocked comments on this post? Anyway, congratulations love. You deserve it!

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    I don’t know why people don’t see it... black women wearing that false hair is damaging their scalp and real hair beyond repair and all they can say is the white women do it too

  • classycns

    Simply beautiful. Hair and makeup flawless. She reminds me of Kenya or Omerosa.

  • Ozad

    if you are going to change your avatar to something bout you change your deliberately insulting screen don't fool me troll

  • Ozad

    white women wearing braids are damaging their edges

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    That’s rare and I don’t see white women out here with the sides of their hair bald

  • TransMichelle

    I'm not trying to fool you and idgaf what you think about my screen name. Toodles Dummy

  • Ozad

    you aint looking hard enough

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  • DeJeri

    Yes. It's most definitely a troll.