Miss America Contestant: Donald Trump Has "Caused A Lot Of Division"

Donald Kravitz  Getty Images for Dick Clark Production

Donald Kravitz Getty Images for Dick Clark Production

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.

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

"I just want to thank God for this, it took a lot of perseverance to get here", she said shortly after winning, also thanking her family and especially her father, who is a survivor of cancer.

This year's pageant was historic as the swimsuit portion was eliminated and the Miss America Organization announced that "candidates will no longer be judged on outward appearance". The choice of wardrobe is now open, so everyone can express their own very individual style.

Franklin - who attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts majoring in Music Composition - wowed the judges during the talent portion of the live show, when she blew away the judges with an incredible performance of "Quando m'en vo'" from the classic opera La Boheme. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Franklin said that she wanted to promote diversity, especially within the arts.

"I said standing up for what you believe in is the most important thing that you can do, and that's what I did", she said, according to the Press of Atlantic City.

Madeline Collins, Miss West Virginia, was asked an onstage question tonight about what she feels is the most serious issue facing the nation.

Miss America 2019 contestants take the stage at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., September 9, 2018.

The rest of the top five included Miss Connecticut, Bridget Oei; Miss Florida, Taylor Tyson; Miss Louisiana, Holli' Conway; and Miss Massachusetts, Gabriela Taveras. It was a success and eventually evolved into a scholarship competition that now has a heavy focus on contestants' social platforms, which ranged this year from mental-health awareness to STEM inclusion.

The Miss America Organization has courted controversy in recent months.

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

The next Miss America will be crowned Sunday night in the nationally televised finale from Atlantic City. "And to demonstrate how they are uniquely qualified for the exciting, challenging 365-day job of Miss America".

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