Miss America aired on Sunday night and if you happened to skip by it because you figured it was just another boring beauty pageant, then you missed quite the show. In fact, it was even renamed Miss America 2.0 as this year’s competition wants to break free from the old stereotypes of pageants. There was no swimsuit competition, it was overhauled to reflect greater inclusiveness and let’s just say this was not your grandmother’s Miss America competition.
The interview portion of the night used to always be hit or miss. In the past, many would have intelligent things to say but it was the not-so-brilliant answers that would make hilarious headlines the following day. Not this year. This year, some of the women got political and demanded to be heard.
When asked what she feels is the most serious issue facing the United States, Miss West Virginia Madeline Collins said what so many people wanted to hear.
Whoa. @missamericawv says that Trump is the biggest problem the United States is facing right now. MISS WEST VIRGINIA.
— Holly Figueroa O’Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) September 9, 2018
“Donald Trump is the biggest issue facing our country today,” she replied while the audience applauded. “Unfortunately he has caused a lot of divide in our country and until we can trust in him and the choices that he makes for our country, we cannot become united.” Sing it, sister.
According to AOL, she didn’t win the interview portion; rather, that went to Miss Massachusetts, Gabriela Taveras, who was asked how Americans overseas should interact with foreigners. She believes it’s important that people know that “we as Americans are supporting them and that we are there to help them.”
Meanwhile, Emili McPhail, Miss Virginia, was asked about the controversy surrounding the national anthem and athletes taking a knee. She replied that not standing “is a right you have. But it’s not about kneeling; it is absolutely about police brutality.” WOW.
But it was Miss Michigan who may have stole the show, right from the get-go. Instead of letting the audience know of her accomplishments, Emily Sioma used her eight seconds of airtime to make a statement about her state’s ongoing water crisis. Now that’s how you represent your state.
“from the state with 84 percent of the u.s. fresh water but none for its residents to drink, i am miss michigan emily sioma” — the new #missamerica2019 pageant did not come to play pic.twitter.com/H05eifix2e
— alex rees (@maybealexislost) September 10, 2018
In case you wondered, it was Miss New York, Nia Franklin, who told reporters afterwards she was glad she didn’t have to compete in the swimsuit competition, saying, “I’m happy that I didn’t have to do so to win this title tonight because I’m more than just that. And all these women onstage are more than just that.”
These young women were not messing around. If we had known that this was what it was going to be like, we would’ve made some popcorn and tuned in. There’s always next year, thankfully.