The brand new Miss America, Nia Imani Franklin, has stated she’s glad she didn’t should put on a swimsuit to win the competitors.

The pageant famously scrapped the well-known phase earlier this yr and Franklin, who bagged the title Sunday evening in Atlantic Metropolis whereas competing as Miss New York, stated: “These modifications, I feel, will probably be nice for our group.

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“I’ve already seen so many younger girls reaching out to me personally as Miss New York asking how they will get entangled as a result of I feel they really feel extra empowered that they don’t should do issues reminiscent of stroll in a swimsuit for a scholarship,” Franklin, who walked away with a $50,000 scholarship, added to the Related Press.

“And I’m comfortable that I didn’t have to take action to win this title tonight as a result of I’m extra than simply that. And all these girls onstage are extra than simply that.”

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The swimsuit a part of the competitors was changed by onstage interviews, sparking a blended response from followers.

Chairwoman Gretchen Carlson beforehand spoke in regards to the ongoing backlash, as she was requested on “Good Morning America” about officers calling for her resignation.

She defined, “Change is tough, after I took on this function of main this group six months in the past, we had a variety of work to do.”

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