Miss Alaska, Korean-American Emma Broyles, Takes Miss America 2022 Crown

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This year’s Miss America is … Miss Alaska, Emma Broyles!

On Thursday, the 20-year-old Korean American from Alaska was crowned the winner of the 100th annual Miss America competition and made history as the first winner of the crown from her state. Alongside the crown, which is made of actual gold, Broyles’ prize as Miss America 2022 includes a $100,000 scholarship, a six-figure salary, benefits, and travel that entails approximately 20,000 miles a month. For the whole of 2022, she will reign as a representative of the Miss America Organization.

A junior year at Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University, Broyles is majoring in biomedical sciences and chose the Special Olympics “as her social impact initiative because her older brother has Down syndrome,” as per Instagram. As part of the talent component to the competition, Broyles sang “Let Me Be Your Star” from the television show, Smash.

Since the Miss America competition was created in 1921, it has massively evolved and, as USA Today reports, is now dubbed Miss America 2.0. As part of its evolution, it has done away with its problematic swimsuit requirement, pivoted from taking place in the casino-heavy Atlantic City, and distanced itself from the word "pageant" in favor of competition.  

Broyles was a standout in this year’s competition, offering open and thoughtful commentary to questions about sexual harassment and mental health. In response to one question about how she would handle inappropriate comments or advances toward her, she said: "I know in my heart that as a woman, I am never going to let somebody treat me like that because women should never be treated like objects. Women can be angry! We cannot be content with things that are happening."

Of her mental health, Broyles shared that she has ADHD and dermatillomania, a form of OCD.

“I've struggled with all of these things and because of that, I am a better person. During COVID, it was an incredibly difficult time for me, being isolated in my college dorm for so long. It was that point when I hit rock bottom when I realized I can be so much more than that,” she shared at one point during the competition.

On Miss America’s official Instagram account, Broyles called the win “an incredible dream come true” and emphasized that “as a Korean-American, I am so grateful for the opportunity to compete alongside so many brilliant, talented women.”

“I hope to live up to the legacy, serve as a positive role model for women of all ages and make the Miss America Organization proud. It’s been an honor to represent the great state of Alaska and I look forward to making a significant impact through my social impact initiative on the national stage,” she said.

Congrats, Emma!

Tags: Empowerment, miss america

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Rose Low is a writer based in New York, with a background in social media strategy and reporting. She has a Masters from NYU and a love for romantic comedies. See Full Bio

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