Miss America has crowned a new winner — and she is a Black Queen.
Miss New York Nia Imani Franklin took home the 2019 Miss America tiara during Sunday night’s historic pageant. Franklin won a $50,000 scholarship along with the crown in the first Miss America pageant to be held without a swimsuit competition.
“I have New York grit,” Franklin said during the competition. “As a New Yorker, I understand what it means to work hard.”
Beyond knowing the value of hard work, here are five things to know about the New York beauty:
She is a classically-trained opera singer
The 25-year-old is a classically-trained vocalist, who received a master’s degree in composition from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2017. She also …