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Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Miss America Drops Swimsuit Competition, No Longer Judges on Appearance

Miss America Drops Swimsuit Competition, No Longer Judges on Appearance

On Tuesday morning's installment of GMA, Gretchen Carlson (who presently chairs the board for the Miss America Organization) told Amy Robach that "We are no longer a pageant".

"We are no longer a pageant", Carlson told Good Morning America on Tuesday.

Miss America is ditching their swimsuit and evening ball gown portions of the competition in a move to 'evolve with the culture'. Instead of evening gowns, contestants will be asked to wear something that portrays their personal style and makes them feel confident in place of an expensive, flowing gown.

Carlson says that the pageant wants to be "open, transparent and inclusive to women who may not have felt comfortable participating in our program before".

"The big thing is you don't have to be a flawless 10 anymore because we want to talk to you about the substance of your life, your career goals, your objectives, what you want to be, your leadership skills and how you feel empowered", said Carlson.

Waring says the pageant has changed in other positive ways since she won the crown 70 years ago.

This change will be effective come fall when the Miss America 2019 program airs live from Atlantic City, New Jersey, on September 9.

She is among female leadership, which includes Gretchen Carlson, a champion of the #MeToo movement following her own workplace experience. "We should be honoring them, and that doesn't involve putting on a two-piece bathing suit and walking onstage in heels". "You don't have to do that anymore", Carlson said. "But I know a lot about change".

"When I heard that some changes were coming, I automatically assumed that the lifestyle and fitness portion of the competition would be the first thing to go", she said.

With less of an emphasis on appearance, the Miss America Organization will reportedly allow women of "all shapes and sizes" to compete.

Hopper, former CEO of Intelligent Transportation Society of America, was Miss Arkansas 1983.

"They're trying to put more focus and emphasis on the woman and her accomplishments, I think part of the accomplishment is keeping a really good healthy figure and carrying yourself very proud and womanly", said Judith Graham, 65, who represented the Big Apple in the 1973 Miss America when she was known as Judith Keithley. "I personally still believe that being mentally and physically healthy is an important component of taking on the responsibility of being a local, state or national titleholder, but my hope is that we work to continue to educate young women on healthy lifestyles".

And who said beauty pageants can't change?

"An investigation by HuffPost unearthed three years worth of emails in which several high-ranking officials exchanged denigrating messages about the sex lives, weight gain, and intellect of past Miss Americas".

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