During the introduction segment of Miss America 2019, Emily Sioma, aka Miss Michigan, used her brief moment on network television to advocate for Flint, Michigan. The pageant was hoping to encourage female empowerment and progressive issues. And Sioma certainly delivered.Since 2014, the town has suffered from contaminated tap water. And while the government has promised to help, other priorities seem to have taken precedence. So Miss Michigan decided to reminded them.
— Crystal Matthis (@chrissymatt27) September 10, 2018
Using the few seconds contestants are given to share their personal accomplishments, Sioma instested focused on an issue affecting her state. She said, "From the state with 84% of the U.S.'s fresh water but none for its residents to drink, I am Miss Michigan, Emily Sioma."Emily, whose Twitter profile describes her as a "sexual assault survivor" and "activist," did not advance beyond the introduction phase of the show. But many people appeared to love her response, in fact some on Twitter thought she deserved the crown for her statement.
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While Emily appears to have won social media, it should be known that Miss New York, Nia Franklin, was the contestant who took home the crown.Miss America 2019 aired Sunday night at 9 p.m. on ABC.