Miss America 2019: And the winner is…

With several outdated portions now distant memories, the 92nd Miss America competition crowned a new winner on Sunday in a two-hour parade of pumps, performances and (gasp!) pantsuits.

As previously mentioned, Sunday’s telecast introduced several “groundbreaking” changes into the competition: Not only were the contestants no longer judged by their appearances in swimsuits, but the traditional “evening gown” portion was also replaced with an invitation for the women to express themselves in a style of their choosing. Per a statement from the organization, these changes were implemented to help each contestant “highlight her achievements and goals in life, and how she will use her talents, passion and ambition to perform the job of Miss America.”

This year’s judges included boxer Laila Ali, radio host (and frequent American Idol guest) Bobby Bones, music producer (and formerAmerican Idol judge) Randy Jackson, reality star Jessie James Decker, journalist Soledad O’Brien, podcaster Alli Webb and musician Carnie Wilson. The ceremony was co-hosted by Dancing With the Star’s Carrie Ann Inaba and Celebrity Big Brother’s Ross Mathews.

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Miss America 2019 winner Nia Franklin

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ SEPTEMBER 09: Miss New York Nia Franklin wins the 2019 Miss America Pageant held in Historic Boardwalk Hall on Sunday September 9, 2018 in Atlantic City New Jersey. (Photo by Tom Briglia/Getty Images)

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ SEPTEMBER 09: Miss New York Nia Franklin wins the 2019 Miss America Pageant held in Historic Boardwalk Hall on Sunday September 9, 2018 in Atlantic City New Jersey. (Photo by Tom Briglia/Getty Images)

ATLANTIC_CITY_NJ_ September_9: Miss New York Nia Franklin wins the 2019 Miss America Pageant held in Historic Boardwalk Hall on Sunday September 9, 2018 in Atlantic City New Jersey. Tom Briglia /Getty Images

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ SEPTEMBER 09: Miss New York Nia Franklin wins the 2019 Miss America Pageant held in Historic Boardwalk Hall on Sunday September 9, 2018 in Atlantic City New Jersey. (Photo by Tom Briglia/Getty Images)

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ SEPTEMBER 09: Miss New York Nia Franklin makes the top 10 of the 2019 Miss America Pageant held in Historic Boardwalk Hall on Sunday September 9, 2018 in Atlantic City New Jersey. (Photo by Tom Briglia /Getty Images)

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ SEPTEMBER 09: Miss New York Nia Franklin makes the top 10 of the 2019 Miss America Pageant held in Historic Boardwalk Hall on Sunday September 9, 2018 in Atlantic City New Jersey. (Photo by Tom Briglia /Getty Images)

MISS AMERICA 2019 – 9/9/18
The ‘2019 Miss America Competition’ broadcasts live from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 (9-11pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network.
(photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
MISS NEW YORK NIA IMANI FRANKLIN

MISS AMERICA 2019 – 9/9/18
The ‘2019 Miss America Competition’ broadcasts live from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 (9-11pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network.
(photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
MISS NEW YORK NIA IMANI FRANKLIN

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ SEPTEMBER 09: Miss New York Nia Franklin wins the 2019 Miss America Pageant held in Historic Boardwalk Hall on Sunday September 9, 2018 in Atlantic City New Jersey. (Photo by Tom Briglia/Getty Images)

MISS AMERICA 2019 – 9/9/18
The ‘2019 Miss America Competition’ broadcasts live from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 (9-11pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network.
(photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
CARRIE ANN INABA, MISS AMERICA NIA IMANI FRANKLIN, ROSS MATHEWS

MISS AMERICA 2019 – 9/9/18
The ‘2019 Miss America Competition’ broadcasts live from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 (9-11pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network.
(photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
MISS FLORIDA TAYLOR TYSON, MISS CONNECTICUT BRIDGET MARY OEI, MISS AMERICA 2019 NIA IMANI FRANKLIN, MISS LOUISIANA HOLLI’ CONWAY, MISS MASSACHUSETTS GABRIELA TAVERAS

MISS AMERICA 2019 – 9/9/18
The ‘2019 Miss America Competition’ broadcasts live from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 (9-11pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network.
(photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
MISS AMERICA NIA IMANI FRANKLIN

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The final five contestants — Nia Franklin (New York), Holli Conway (Louisiana), Gabriela Taveras (Massachusetts), Taylor Tyson (Florida), Bridget Oei (Connecticut) — faced a variety of inquiries from the judges, ranging from softball questions (“How has being from New York prepared you for this competition?”) to much more complicated ones (“What would you say to a man who doesn’t want to father his own child?”). It wasn’t exactly fair, but hey, neither is life.

After the final commercial break, Miss America 2018 Cara Mund took the stage to pass the torch crown to her successor: New York’s Nia Franklin! (Connecticut’s Bridget Oei nabbed the title of first runner-up.) Your thoughts on this year’s winner? The “new “Miss America competition? Whatever’s on your mind, drop it in a comment below.

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