The newly crowned Miss America says she is happy not to have to wear a swimsuit to win the crown and a $ 50,000 scholarship.
Nia Franklin, Miss New York, says she is happy that the event has eliminated the swimwear competition this year.
She says that she and the other 50 contestants are more than that.
Franklin returns the Miss America crown to New York, which won three consecutive years between 2013 and 2015.
Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin poses during a press conference, early Monday, September 10, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey
Miss New York was named Miss America 2019 in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sunday night.
It was chosen among 51 contestants in the first Miss America contest that will be held without a swimsuit competition in history.
Instead, contestants were asked an interview question on stage by other contestants.
And behind the scenes, there was a revolt between the majority of the Miss America state organizations that demanded the resignation of the national president, Gretchen Carlson, and the executive director, Regina Hopper.
The outgoing Miss America, Cara Mund, says that the two have intimidated and silenced her, affirms that women deny it.
Miss New York Nia Imani Franklin crowned the new Miss America 2019 at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City
Miss New York Nia Franklin reacts after being named Miss America 2019, as she is crowned by last year's winner Cara Mund, on Sunday, September 9, 2018 in Atlantic City
Miss New York Nia Franklin reacts after being named Miss America 2019, Sunday, September 9, 2018, in Atlantic City
The competition was the 98th Miss America contest.
This year is the first time that the transmission does not include the part of the swimsuit.
It has been replaced by on-stage interviews, which have generated eye-catching commentary from the contestants regarding President Donald Trump and protests from NFL players, among other topics.
Franklin recognizes the audience in the Miss America contest
Miss New York Nia Franklin competes during the talent competition in the Miss America 2019 contest