Miss New York Nia Imani Franklin has the tiara put on her by outgoing Miss America Cara Mund on stage in Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S., September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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The first woman to win the Miss America crown without having to don a swimsuit says she's glad she didn't have to. Nia Imani Franklin, who won the title Sunday night in Atlantic City while competing as Miss New York, said changes in the 98-year-old pageant are a welcome modernization.Meeting reporters soon after winning the crown, Franklin said she's glad there was no swimsuit competition because it enabled her to eat a little more.Franklin won a $50,000 scholarship along with the crown in the first Miss America pageant to be held without a swimsuit competition.The fourth runner-up was Miss Massachusetts Gabriela Taveras; third runner-up was Miss Florida Taylor Tyson; second runner-up was Miss Louisiana Holli' Conway, and the first runner-up was Miss Connecticut Bridget Oei.
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