As a former Miss New York (that's me in the black velvet dress) I had the honor to judge the Miss New York Organization competition (for Miss America) this year at the Shea's Performing Arts Theatre in my hometown of Buffalo, New York.
Working with so many talented illustrators over the years it was easy to recognize the talent in this young woman. https://www.sheas.org/
Nia Imani Franklin was the outstanding winner of Talent (she has a Masters in Music Composition), Swimsuit and Interview competitions. Congratulations to all 51 state winners competing in Miss America in September in Atlantic City!!