End of an era: Miss America waves goodbye to iconic swimsuit round

End of an era: Miss America waves goodbye to iconic swimsuit round

End of an era: Miss America waves goodbye to iconic swimsuit round

Board member Gretchen Carlson, a former Miss America herself, told Good Morning America that the organization won't hold swimsuit or evening gown competitions anymore.

The swimsuit contest portion of the Miss America competition isn't the only change that's coming.

Excluding the appearance of the contestants from the criteria list effectively meant that Miss America would not be a beauty pageant any longer, some users pointed out.

Contestants from all 50 USA states are to be judged on what they say rather than how they look in future competitions.

Leanza Cornett, Miss America 1993, supports the change, adding the swimsuit competition was something she felt she had to endure. When those latter appointments were announced last month, the organization heralded the move as a marker of "progressiveness, inclusiveness and empowerment".

"Whatever they choose to do, it's going to be what comes out of their mouth that we're interested in when they talk about their social impact initiatives".

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The 2019 Miss America Competition will take place in Atlantic City, New Jersey, just as the first Miss America Pageant was almost a century ago. And she trusts that there will be more interest not just from new contestants, but also from sponsors looking to partner with the competition.


"As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?" he said on Twitter.

Miss America, America's favorite shitshow of a competition, has decided to make a radical change.

"Miss America's new mission statement is: 'To prepare great women for the world, and to prepare the world for great women, '" said Regina Hopper, the group's president and CEO.

"The decision to make this change was important because it allows us to embrace women differently to do what we ultimately are passionate about in providing exceptional opportunities and scholarships for education", said Jessie Bennett, Miss America trustee.

Carlson joined the all-female leadership team at the Miss American Organization earlier this year after an email scandal forced top male leadership to step down.

Mallory Hytes Hagan, Miss America 2013, was a particular target of the emails, many of which ridiculed her weight gain after she won the title. In the age of #MeToo, a movement Carlson can relate to as she successfully sued the late Roger Ailes in 2016 for sexual harassment at Fox News, those behind the competition feel the focus needs to be on less superficial things.

Miss America has undergone a major overhaul in response to the Me Too movement.

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