It has been only a few days since Nia Franklin traded her Miss New York crown for the coveted Miss America title, but there is already some indignation over her great victory.
After knowing that the 25-year-old contest winner is originally from North Carolina and only moved to the Big Apple last year, some New Yorkers are upset because he was allowed to represent the state in the beauty contest.
"If he's subletting, he does not know anything about living in New York," Brooklyn stylist Jenna Pitocco told the New York Post. "If you've only been here for five minutes, you do not know anything."
Twitter user Marcia Lorraine posted: "Nia Franklin is from New York or Winston because I'm confused …"
Miss New York 2018 Nia Franklin was crowned Miss America on Sunday night in Atlantic City
Franklin won the Miss New York title in January after moving to the state last year from her home state of North Carolina.
A North Carolina radio presenter did not seem dazed because Franklin represented the Big Apple.
"Dear New York, you're welcome." Nia Franklin technically belongs to North Carolina, so we take credit for modeling the new #MissAmerica, "tweeted Ramona Holloway.
Franklin was born in Winston-Salem and remained in North Carolina until college. He moved to Brooklyn after receiving the Kenan Scholarship for Lincoln Center in New York.
She won the Miss New York 2018 title in January.
During the Miss America contest on Sunday, Franklin was quick to show his support for the Big Apple, saying: & # 39; I have New York sand. As a New Yorker, I understand what it means to work hard. "
The beauty queen reiterated those feelings during an interview Monday with the Post. While Franklin understands why some people may be upset because she is not native to New York, the classically trained opera singer said she is proud to represent the state.
"Even though I was not born in New York, I feel like I've always had guts." Moving to New York right after receiving my master's degree really solidified my guts, "he said.
"People always say that the first year in New York is the most difficult, I celebrated my (first) anniversary on June 26 and I am very proud of that."
Some people are upset because Franklin was allowed to represent New York since she is not originally from the state and recently moved to New York.
Franklin moved to Brooklyn in June 2017 and won the Miss Five Boroughs before becoming Miss New York.
According to the rules of residence of Miss America, contestants must reside, work or attend school in one state for at least six months before they can represent it.
Mallory Hagan, an Alabama native who won Miss America 2013 as Miss New York, said the lax residency rules are designed to help young women who wish to expand their horizons and not necessarily to grow in the state that represents the competitor.
"The rules on residence and work requirements are specifically aimed at young women who can leave the university or go to a job," he said.
Judith Ann Graham, who was Miss New York in 1972, said Franklin came to represent New York in the competition.
Miss America residence rules allow competitors to represent a state if they have been living, working or attending school there for at least six months
"New York is more nervous, and we have the best of almost everyone." But not all New York ladies can step on those shoes. Nia happens to be one of them, "he said.
Since moving to New York, Franklin has been very involved in different charities. The 25-year-old musician founded a music group at the Manhattan Academy of Success and has supported music programs in New York public schools. Franklin is also a member of Sing for Hope, a nonprofit organization in New York City that offers resources for New York artists who want to use their art to give back to their community.