New Miss America glad swimsuit was eliminated

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Miss New York Nia Franklin, center, reacts after being named Miss America 2019, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray

Miss New York Nia Franklin, center, reacts after being named Miss America 2019, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The newly crowned Miss America says she’s glad she didn’t have to wear a swimsuit in order to win the crown and a $50,000 scholarship.

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

She says she and the other 50 contestants “are more than just that.”

She was chosen Sunday night from among 51 contestants in the first Miss America pageant to be held without a swimsuit competition in its 98-year history. Instead, contestants were asked an onstage interview question by other contestants.

Franklin returns the Miss America crown to New York, which won it three years in a row between 2013 and 2015.

Miss New York has been named 2019 Miss America in Atlantic City, New Jersey.