In her first public appearance since being crowned on Sunday (September 9), Franklin posed for photographers atop New York City’s Empire State Building while wearing a sleeveless dress and her new crown on Wednesday (September 12).
The 25-year-old vocalist represented New York state in the beauty and talent competition.
Franklin admitted initially to having mixed feelings about that decision.
“I was actually a little upset about the changes at first just because I did win the lifestyle and fitness competition at Miss New York. But at the same time I was actually very happy during those two weeks I was there. I didn’t have to worry so much about what I was going to look like come finals night in my bikini and that was really, really freeing and liberating feeling,” she said during her appearance.
Franklin is a graduate of The University of North Carolina School of Arts and will spend the next year advocating for arts education.