Miss America ditches swimsuit competition in sweeping overhaul of pageant

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The competition's leadership teams now all are headed by women, including former Miss America winners. For the first time in its 97-year history, it's now being led entirely by women for the first time, and Carlson said contestants can wear "whatever they choose".

The Miss America pageant is re-branding itself as competition in which judges will now evaluate candidates based on their brains rather than their brawn.

She added: "That's what we're judging them on now".

The 2019 Miss American competition will take place in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on September 9 and air on ABC.

Carlson said that the organization will also allow contestants to wear whatever they'd like during the evening gown segment of the show and that it will be more inclusive to women with bodies of "all shapes and sizes".

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"It's what comes out of their mouths that we are interested in", she said. There's a big reason. They joined Carlson, who was named chairwoman in December. While some were delighted to hear the news, others said that without the swimsuit round, Miss America would "fail". Finally, Gretchen Carlson, the advocate and former Fox News host, was Miss America 1989.

The official Miss America Twitter account tweeted a short video of a white bikini going up in a puff of smoke with the hashtag #byebyebikini.

Even the branding signals the change - this is Miss America 2.0.

Following the announcement, reactions on social media have been mixed. What a positive change.

Discussing the new changes Miss America is instituting, Carlson acknowledged the organisation was responding to the #MeToo movement. All three women were former contestant winners. Tell us in the comments now.

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The next edition of the Miss America pageant will scrap swimsuits and will be more inclusive to women of all sizes, the contest announced Tuesday.

- beth, an alien (@bourgeoisalien) June 5, 2018We don't watch men strut on a stage in swim shorts and score their appearance.

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. But, the swimsuit competition is actually tied to fitness.

"The people acting like someone murdered their dog because Miss America is getting rid of the swimsuit portion are exactly why it needs to be gotten rid of. That's huge", Miss America Board of Directors Chair Gretchen Carlson announced Tuesday on Good Morning America.

But how America views women has changed drastically since then, and the Miss America Organization is run by women who don't think it's such a hot idea.

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