ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Instead of highlighting her achievements, one Miss America contestant introduced herself at Sunday’s pageant by bringing attention to the water crisis facing her state.
“From the state with 84% of the United States’ fresh water but none for its residents to drink, I am Miss Michigan Emily Sioma,” she said.
The introduction was a nod to Flint, Michigan, where cost-cutting measures led to tainted drinking water that contained lead and other toxins.
Sioma received kudos on social media for using her platform to raise awareness of the problem in her home state.
“The new #missamerica2019 pageant did not come to play,” tweeted @maybealexislost, along with a…
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