Miss New York’s Nia Franklin was crowned the 92nd Miss America at Sunday's event in Atlantic City, New Jersey. 


Franklin said after her win: “It took a lot of perseverance to get here," . "I want to thank my beautiful family, my mom and my dad, who is a survivor of cancer." 


Franklin is a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and opera singer who earned her master's degree in music composition from UNC School of the Arts. She moved to New York after being accepted at the Kenan Fellow program at Lincoln Center Education in Manhattan. 


Franklin said: “I grew up at a predominately Caucasian school and there was only five percent minority, and I felt out of place so much because of the color of my skin. But growing up, I found my love of arts, and through music that helped me to feel positive about myself and about who I was."



She said she plans to advocate for the arts during her tenure as Miss America.


Black girls rock! Congratulations 🙏🏽🙌🏽 ✨