Miss Michigan Denounces Flint Water Crisis In Miss America Intro

Emily Sioma won plenty of hearts with her activism, though New York's Nia Imani Franklin won the pageant.

The Miss America pageant didn’t feature any swimsuits on Sunday, but thanks to one contestant, it did contain a moment of revealing activism.

Instead of giving the usual upbeat bio during her introduction, Miss Michigan Emily Sioma talked about the Flint water crisis.

“From the state with 84 percent of the U.S. freshwater but none for its residents to drink, I am Miss Michigan Emily Sioma,” she said.

Lead contaminated Flint’s water supply after the city switched its main water source to the Flint River. A number of local officials are now facing charges related to the resulting health crisis.

Watch Miss Michigan do her part to ensure that the problem doesn’t recede from the spotlight.

Miss New York, Nia Imani Franklin, won the pageant, but Sioma won plenty of hearts.

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