This photo to me represents all of the accomplishments of African American women that go unacknowledged. When someone looks at this photo they will probably get the idea that they are looking at the crowning of a pageant winner, which is only something that can be observed from the surface level. I have no other reason to believe that this is a crown for all women of color. Women have always been viewed as less than their male counterparts, and for a long period of time they were denied many rights such as voting, and their ideas being expressed. The Miss America pageant highlights hard-working women, and through Nia Franklin being crowned hard-working women of color were being honored.
Nia Franklin is a normal girl, who has made extraordinary impacts. She competed in the 2019 Miss America pageant on September 9, 2018 (“Nia Imani Franklin”). This competition itself was historic because it was the first Miss America competition with no swimsuit round (“The New Competition.”). The significance of this was that the competition focused less on the outside appearance of the girls, but instead focused more on each girl’s uniqueness (“The New Competition.”). This was the first competition in which the sizes of all the girls varied because they did not have to fit a certain look. Nia Franklin made extraordinary impacts, not by representing the state New York, but rather by being one of the few African Americans to ever win the crown (“Titleholders.”). Nia Franklin made extraordinary impacts on this competition by using her voice. Throughout the rounds of the competition, she was asked questions, in which she answered with honesty and intelligence. Nia also used her voice in a more literal way during the talent part of the competition. She sang an opera song called “Quando m’en Vo'” from Puccini’s La Boheme (“Nia Imani Franklin”). Her performance was clean, but it was her voice that wowed the judges. Nia’s voice was as powerful as an army of thousands of men but as beautiful as a Spring’s flower bloom. The power in her voice was what captivated the hearts of the judges. It was her voice that was soon be the voice to spark a change.
Even before the Miss America pageant, Nia was always passionate about the arts, and education. Growing up in Nia always felt the need for music. As she grew older she got her masters in music composition (“Nia Imani Franklin”). As Miss America she plans to continue to “advocate for the arts”, to include the arts as an important part of education (“MISS AMERICA 2019 NIA FRANKLIN CROWNED IN ATLANTIC CITY.”). This not only shows us the character of the person in this photo but it also opens up another window for us as viewers of this picture to connect with Nia.