The 98th Miss America is -Miss New York- Nia Franklin. Gone are the swimsuits, a staple for nearly 100 years. Instead in its place an onstage interview competition.

Franklin was asked "society is obsessed with technology and social media. How can we improve our face to face communication skills?"
Franklin responded "technology has made us dehumanize each other. It's republican or democrat, black or white. We're not just one kind of person, we're complex people, and the women on stage, we represent that."

Nia Franklin obtains the title and a $50,000 scholarship.

Miss Hawaii 2018 Penelope Ng Pack represented the islands in this year's pageant. The Honolulu girl paid homage to Pele in the show me your shoes competition.

*Nia Franklin photo courtesy: https://www.facebook.com/missamerica/
*Miss Hawaii photo courtesy: https://www.facebook.com/MissAmericaHI/