Miss America Scraps Swimsuit Competition in Wake of #MeToo Movement

Pearl Mccarthy
June 5, 2018

"Miss America is ending its swimsuit competition, saying it will no longer judge candidates on their outward physical appearance. Yes!"

Since its start, almost 100 years ago, the pageant has been known for featuring beauty queens parading around in skimpy bikinis and sparkly gowns.

Carlson was appointed chair of Miss America earlier this year after former members of the top management resigned.

Miss America-the first modern beauty pageant-will no longer be about, ahem, beauty.

"We're not going to judge you on your appearance because we are interested in what makes you you", Gretchen Carlson, a former Miss America who is head of the organization's board of trustees, said while making the announcement Tuesday on "Good Morning America". The swimsuit portion of the competition was "not a highly rated part", she said. So guess what, you don't have to do that anymore. "That's huge. And that means we will no longer have a swimsuit competition".

The 87-year-old Waring, who still owns the one-piece, black-and-white-striped bathing suit she wore in 1948, says the suits worn by contestants these days are "skimpy" and "undignified", and she's heard from many young women who didn't want to wear them.

The talent portion remains unchanged.

"We're experiencing a cultural revolution in our country with women finding the courage to stand up and have their voices heard on many issues,"she said in the statement".

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The changes come on the heels of a major shakeup of the Miss America board.

She said: "I always felt awkward and uncomfortable".

In the climate of #MeToo I think it's a really wise decision.

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. Vincent-Tripp was Miss America 1991. Carlson said contestants will now be able to wear "whatever they choose".

She added that organizers aren't concerned about the changes having an affect on TV ratings for the upcoming contest, which airs on September 9.

In lieu of swimsuits, Miss America contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will be participating in a live interactive session with the judges.

Carlson, who was crowned Miss America 1989, believes it is now "a competition".

Miss America is rebranding for the modern era that's less tolerant of outright objectification of women.

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