And today we got our Miss America 2019, Nia Franklin.
Nia Franklin, who is Miss New York, was crowned Miss America 2019 at the Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on 9th September 2018.
The annual pageant show was host by Carrie Ann Inaba, the judge of Dancing with the Stars and co-hosted by Ross Matthews. In the show, women from all over the fifty states and the District of Columbia competed for the coveted title and the sparkly tiara.
Moreover, this year had a change in the competition and judging criteria where Miss America contestants would not be judged on their physical appearance. As the program aired, the swimsuit competition got replaced with the competitors participating in a live interactive session with the judge who led them to expose their passion and ambition.
The show was judged by Laila Ali, a boxing Champion, and cookbook writer, Bobby Bones, and Jessie James Decker, a country music stars, Randy Jackson, the former Amercian Idol Panelist, Soledad O’Brien, an award-winning journalist, Alli Webb, Drybar founder, and Carnie Wilson, co-host of The View.
America finally found it’s Miss America 2019 as Nia Franklin. She was crowned the tiara by the Miss America 2018 winner, Cara Mund to begin her year-long journey as the face of the organization.
The Miss New York thanked all her loved ones after earning the title and delivered the speech at the show. She said:
“It took a lot of perseverance to get here, and I want to thank my family, my mom and dad, who is a survivor of cancer. And all my sisters behind me, I love each and every one of you,”
Before garnering the title, Franklin showcased her singing abilities. She performed an operatic selection from the opera “La Boheme.” During her question-and-answer portion, she was asked:
How you would promote positive body image as Miss America.
She responded by saying:
“I grew up in a school with only 5% minority, but growing up, I found my love of arts and through music, I felt positive about myself and who I was. That’s what I would encourage young girls to do, find who you are.”
Bridget Oei, Miss Connecticut, was the first runner-up followed by Holli Conway, Miss Louisiana, Taylor Tyson, Miss Florida, and Gabriela Taveras, Miss Massachusetts.
Nia Franklin Wiki – Bio: Age, Parents, Family, Siblings
Nia Franklin was born as Nia Imani Franklin in the city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the U.S. in 1993. She celebrates her birthday on 27th July that makes her age 25. She belongs to African-American ethnicity.
Nia was born in the family of Franklin but has kept her parents’ information confined. However, her father was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. On 23rd August 2018, she took to her Instagram sharing picture of her being admitted to the CMN Hospital. In her post, she decided to stem cell transplant to save her beloved father.
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Did you know I was once a patient at a CMN Hospital? When my dad was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin t-cell lymphoma, he went through chemotherapy but relapsed twice. Finally, his doctors at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, NC, decided that a stem cell transplant would be the best chance at saving his life. They sent him to Duke Medical Center in Durham, NC, which is a CMN hospital. And I was the best stem cell donor match for him. I thank God for saving his life through this miraculous procedure! I haven't shared this picture before. In fact, only family and close friends have seen it. I was embarrassed because I was so bloated. (So vain, I know) The bloating resulted from a series of injections to get my blood ready. I am now empowered by this photo when I look at it. I know that I made a difference in my daddy's life and that is nothing to be ashamed of. My dad received his stem cell transplant on May 1, 2013, and he is alive and thriving, all to the glory of God and his awesome medical team at Duke Medical! The nurses were so sweet, and put a halo on my head because they said I was my daddy’s “angel!” I hope this encourages you to share and speak your truth because you never know who you will inspire and help. #GodisGood #stemcells
Nia has a young brother, but his name is unknown. On 10 June 2017, she shared a picture with her brother on his graduation day with the caption:
They did it! Today marked the last day of the 2017 Franklin graduations! I’m so proud of my siblings and all they’ve accomplished! My little brother isn’t so little anymore 😢#classof2017
She also gained education from North Davidson High School. Later, she acquired the master degree in music composition at North Carolina School of the Arts.
Nia Franklin Boyfriend and Dating Affair
The 25-year-old pageant shares her relationship status taken. She currently shares her romantic life with a supportive and loving boyfriend, Dane Alexander McMillan. The pair started dating on 8th August 2014 but hasn’t revealed where did they meet. However, the duo frequently shares their love life on social media accounts.
Speculating through their Instagram reveals how blessed they are as a soulmate. As of now, neither Nia nor her boyfriend has put a light to their wedding. But it looks like they’ll get married soon.