Miss Virginia Camille Schrier crowned Miss America 2020

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And the winner of the Miss America 2020 contest is … Miss Virginia, Camille Schrier.

On Thursday, December 19, the beauty queen reigned during the Miss America contest. The 24-year-old beat 50 other contestants to win the coveted title in the 93rd annual competition, which was broadcast live on NBC from the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Miss georgia Victoria hill The first finalist was named while Miss Missouri Simone Esters He entered as the second finalist.

Tonight's competition followed 51 intelligent, beautiful and charismatic candidates while competing for scholarships to continue their efforts towards community service and education. Judges Kelly Rowland, Karamo Brown and Lauren Ash He questioned the contestants about current events, their platforms and more.

Now, former Miss America Nia Franklin from New York will crown his successor, who will continue to promote their message of empowerment and independence through their community efforts.

During tonight's show, Schrier shared his passion for science by conducting a chemistry experiment on stage and advocating the importance of medication safety. He is currently a pharmacy student at Virginia Tech University.

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While contests have historically had a bad reputation for their regressive policy when it comes to women's empowerment, diversity and inclusion, last year shows that things are moving in a different direction.

The former Miss America made history along with the newly crowned Miss Universe, Zozibini Tunzi from South Africa, Miss United States Cheslie Kryst and Miss Teen USA Keliegh Garris– Marking for the first time that these titles were owned by black women.

In May, the former Miss America told the New York Times"It is important that small brown and black girls see three strong figures, three strong women, African-American women who are doing a great job. People will argue that race does not matter. But race does matter in the United States because of the history, because of slavery. "

During last year's competition, Franklin also talked about the difficulties he faces when not being represented in the world around him.

"I grew up in a predominantly Caucasian school and there was only a minority of five percent, and I felt out of place because of the color of my skin," Franklin said. "But growing up, I found my love for the arts and through music. that helped me feel positive about myself and who I was. "

Congratulations to Miss Virginia for hooking the coveted title!

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