Yesterday, Miss New York Nia Franklin was crowned Miss America. She is an opera singer, who moved to New York after being accepted at the Kenan Fellow program at Lincoln Center Education in Manhattan.
During the competition, Nia, who is black, described how music helped her find her identity.
"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," Franklin said. "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's smart, talented, and beautiful. But pics of her without makeup began circulating shortly after she was crowned the winner. And almost immediately, haters came out - and tried to call her all kinds of names.
The pics are below - and she looks BEAUTIFUL, despite what all the haters are saying.
“I have New York grit,” Nia, 25, said during the competition. “As a New Yorker I understand what it means to work hard.”
Nia is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studied music composition. She emphasized, during the competition, that “there is a 20 percent higher graduation rate at schools where music is a part of the curriculum.”
According to her Instagram, she is also a Janelle Monáe and a Lauryn Hill enthusiast.