Miss America 2019 Nia Imani Franklin. Reuters
ATLANTIC CITY: 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 on Sunday night in Atlantic City, said the changes in the 98-year-old pageant were a welcome modernisation. Franklin said she was glad there was no swimsuit competition because it enabled her to eat a little more.

The swimsuits were replaced by onstage interviews, which generated attention-grabbing remarks from contestants regarding US President Donald Trump and NFL player protests, among other topics. AP