Swimsuit-less Miss America pageant is under way

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She won a $50,000 scholarship along with the crown in the first Miss America pageant to be held without a swimsuit competition.

During her 2019 rein, Franklin, a graduate of the University of North Carolina for the Arts, will promote her social impact initiative, Advocating for the Arts.

Miss Virginia Emili McPhail was asked Thursday night in Atlantic City what advice she would give NFL players who took a knee during the national anthem.

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The onstage interview has replaced the swimsuit competition in this year's pageant, a change that has created controversy among those who feel the pageant needed to be modernized, and those who feel an integral part of the pageant is being sacrificed.

ABC broadcast Miss America live from Atlantic City on Sunday night.

The Wrap notes that the answer periods were limited to a mere 20 seconds - a sort of rapid-fire situation - so Collins was not able to elaborate on her decision, but the quotation itself might be enough to defeat Miss America's stated goal of increased relevance among American viewers.

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The tone of the competition was noticeably different from years past, with the opening sequence featuring the competitors clad in jeans and even a few sweatpants, and saying adjectives such as "strong", "confident" and "compassionate".

The former Miss America, Cara Mund, says the two have bullied and silenced her, claims that the women deny.

Cara Mund, who was crowned past year while competing as Miss North Dakota, accused Miss America leadership of silencing and bullying her after she was crowned.

While the evening gown portion of the competition was axed this year, most of the contestants still donned glittering gowns during a majority of the competition.

Mund only appeared at the very end of the pageant before the next victor was crowned.

In December, former CEO Sam Haskell resigned after emails in which he insulted the appearance, intellect and personal lives of former pageant winners were leaked.

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