New Miss America says she's glad swimsuit competition was eliminated

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Donald Kravitz Getty Images for Dick Clark Production

Nia Imani Franklin, the 23-year-old Miss New York, won the title of Miss America 2019 - bringing with it $50,000 in college scholarships - on Sunday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.

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"These changes, I think, will be great for our organization", she said.

A classical vocalist whose pageant platform is "advocating for the arts", Franklin sang an operatic selection from the opera La Boheme on Sunday night.

After the competition, McPhail talked about her answer with the Press of Atlantic City.

The rest of the top five included Miss Connecticut, Bridget Oei; Miss Florida, Taylor Tyson; Miss Louisiana, Holli' Conway; and Miss Massachusetts, Gabriela Taveras. The first challenge was also a unique take on the Q&A session, with the competitors asking each other questions, and they only had 15 seconds to answer.

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Nia Franklin, Miss New York, says she's happy the pageant eliminated the swimsuit competition this year.

This year marks the first time the broadcast did not include the swimsuit portion.

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Carlson denied the allegations before the start of the competition, addressing Mund directly in a statement, saying "I have never bullied or silenced you".

Mund's accusations led to numerous state organizations demanding that national chairwoman Gretchen Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper resign.

The 2017 titleholder Cara Mund, who stirred serious controversy in the pageant world after publicly accusing Miss America organization leadership of "silencing" and "bullying" her during her reign, got a standing ovation from the live audience as she took her final walk in a gorgeous emerald Sherri Hill gown.

With the exception of passing the crown to Franklin, Mund was noticeably absent from most of Sunday's ceremony.

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