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ABCBehind the scenes at the Miss America competition Sept. 6 2018 in Atlantic City N.J

ABCBehind the scenes at the Miss America competition Sept. 6 2018 in Atlantic City N.J

The next Miss America will be crowned Sunday night in the nationally televised finale from Atlantic City.

"We're experiencing a cultural revolution in our country with women finding the courage to stand up and have their voices heard on many issues".

"I said standing up for what you believe in is the most important thing that you can do, and that's what I did". "I was very happy to have that moment to be honest, because it's not always easy".

Her victory Sunday night resurrected a string of successes the Empire State has had in the pageant in recent years.

A classical vocalist whose pageant platform is "advocating for the arts", Franklin sang an operatic selection from the opera La Boheme on Sunday night.

But the seven judges - which included athlete Laila Ali, music producer Randy Jackson, journalist Soledad O'Brien, and musician and TV host Carnie Wilson - ultimately landed on Franklin, who has a fierce passion for music and performance and composed her first song at the age of 6.

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Miss Virginia Emili McPhail was asked what advice she would give players on whether to kneel or stand during the anthem, the Associated Press reported.

Gretchen Carlson, a 1989 Miss America victor who went on to become a TV commentator and the pageants' current chairman, said in a statement that Miss America would "represent a new generation of female leaders focused on scholarship, social impact, talent and empowerment".

The decision to drop the swimsuit competition created a good deal of controversy and criticism of current Miss America leadership.

During the first two nights of competition, some of the onstage interview questions have touched on hot button issues, including NFL national anthem protests.

Behind the scenes, a revolt is underway among most of the Miss America state organizations who demand that national chairwoman Gretchen Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper resign. She said it was important to know that, 'We as Americans are supporting them and that we are there to help them'.

Mund made a special appearance during this year's pageant and shared a special message, though she did not acknowledge her previous allegations of silencing and bullying. She was not allowed to speak live; instead a 30-second taped segment of her speaking was broadcast.

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