Miss America is ditching its swimsuit competition - and it's dividing the internet

Miss America is ditching its swimsuit competition - and it's dividing the internet

Miss America on Tuesday announced that it will no longer judge contestants based on their physical appearance and said it will eliminate its swimsuit competition.

"We are no longer a pageant", Gretchen Carlson, who was crowned Miss America in 1989 and is now the organization's chairwoman, told "Good Morning America" on Tuesday.

Carlson said since the competition is no longer about heels and swimsuits, it will now champion leadership, empowerment, and how women will pay for college.

Instead of running a swimsuit competition, the organization will feature "a live interactive session with the judges", the show reported, according to the organization.

The Miss America telecast will still have an evening-wear competition but contestants will be encouraged to "outwardly express their self-confidence in evening attire of their choosing", the org stated. Tell us in the comments now.

Meanwhile, the official Miss America Twitter account, helmed by current Miss America Cara Mund, tweeted "We're changing out of our swimsuits and into a whole new era", and added the hashtag #ByeByeBikini.

The next Miss America competition is September 9 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.


She said the changes will help the organization be more inclusive and empowering for all women.

The Miss America beauty pageant is making major changes-none of them cosmetic. In her appearance on Good Morning America, Carlson emphasized the Miss America Organization's work to provide women with educational scholarships and opportunities. Sorry you're upset about the Miss America pageant getting rid of the swimsuit competition, my dude.

Carlson settled a lawsuit claiming she was harassed while with her former employer by Fox chairman Roger Ailes for $20 million.

Waring says the pageant has changed in other positive ways since she won the crown 70 years ago. "Thousands of women have been inspired to know that they can stand up and speak up and their voices will be heard, and if I've been a beacon of hope to any women in that process, it has been worth it".

Just last month Regina Hopper was appointed president and CEO of the Miss America Organization, and Marjorie Vincent-Tripp was named as chair of the Board of Trustees of the Miss America Foundation. The competition's leadership teams now all are headed by women, including former Miss America winners.

Effective this year, the show will scrap the famed swimsuit competition.

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