Nia Imani Franklin, representing Five Boroughs, was crowned Miss New York 2018 on Saturday night held at the Shea’s Buffalo Theatre.
Franklin, a classically trained opera singer, is a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her talent was classical vocal, and her platform was advocating for the arts. Franklin will continue on to the 2019 Miss America national competition in September.
She earned a master’s degree in music composition from University of North Carolina School of the Arts.