Miss Michigan Emily Sioma emphasizing the Flint Water crisis.— Shaun King (@shaunking) September 10, 2018
"I'm from the state with 84% of the U.S.'s fresh water, but none for its residents to drink." pic.twitter.com/S2IzKvgAig
At the Miss America beauty pageant, Miss Michigan showed how beauty and brains can do wonders when combined together. Despite the fact that, Miss New York, took this year’s Miss America pageant crown, it was Miss Michigan who showed the world how this platform can be used to raise a voice for pertinent issues.
Emily Sioma from Michigan made a very strong statement about the Flint water crises, leaving everyone completely awestruck. In the first round, when the contestants are supposed to introduce each other, this is what Sioma said, "From the state with 84 percent of the United States' fresh water but none for its residents to drink, I am Miss Michigan, Emily Sioma."
Though Sioma is from Grass Lake, MI, she was addressing the water crisis that exists in the city that is just two-hours away from her own city.
Since 2015, residents of Flint have been deprived of clean water. They haven’t been able to consume drinking water for such a prolonged duration and as a last resort, most of the people have resorted to using bottled water permanently, thinking the problem won’t ever come to an end.
In case you need a refresher, a distressing timeline of the Flint Water Crisis can be found here.
Coming back to Miss Michigan, the confident woman used the platform to raise her voice for Flint and her introduction stood out from all the others who introduced themselves with their schools and majors.
While speaking with WOMC radio, the Michigan contender said, “I just couldn't bear to think that I have this amazing opportunity to represent this state on a national stage and I wouldn't take that opportunity to make sure that I'm having a call for action for people in our communities and saying, 'Water is important to us, water is a part of our life and we need to be making sure we're taking care of that and taking care of the people in our state."
People couldn’t help but praise Sioma for putting the Flint crises front and center at the pageant.
Miss Michigan came to remind folk in her intro that there's still a water crisis for residents in her state! #MissAmerica2019— Summer Sol Sis ???? (@NolasAFreeGyal) September 10, 2018
Miss Michigan introduced herself by talking about clean water! Clapping in the newsroom like ppl usually do for sports #MissAmerica— Andrea Swalec (@andreaswalec) September 10, 2018
I am SALTY that Miss Michigan did not make it. I’m so glad she used her time on that stage to speak truth to power. #MissAmerica— Shontal Cargill (@shontalcargill) September 10, 2018
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