Miss America pageant drops swimsuit competition

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The Miss America Organization announced Tuesday that it'll no longer be judging contestants in part on the how they look in a swimsuit, as has been done since the pageant began almost a century ago in Atlantic City.

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

Women's groups and others have also complained that making contestants parade across the stage in such attire is outdated and sexist.

Carlson, a former Fox News host who won Miss America in 1989, has become a prominent advocate against sexual harassment since settling a lawsuit against executives at the cable news giant in 2016. They were replaced by an all-female leadership team, all of whom have past pageant experience.

Gretchen Carlson, chairwoman of Miss America's board of trustees, outlined the changes to the 2019 contest on ABC's "Good Morning America".

"That means that we will no longer have a swimsuit competition", Carlson said. Carlson also said that she hopes the revamped competition will resonate more with young people. So guess what, you don't have to do that anymore.

According to Carlson, the organization wants to be "open, transparent, [and] inclusive to women who may not have felt comfortable participating in [its] program before". The talent portion of the contest will remain.

"Whatever they choose to do", Carlson said, "it's what comes out of their mouth that we're interested in". While Miss America is part scholarship program, part pageant and has included talent and speaking portions in the past, it is, by far, a young ladies' beauty competition.

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"This is a new beginning and change can sometimes be hard but I know a lot about change", she said.

"We're living in a different era now, and when we move forward for the empowerment of women, we will be taken much more seriously, and I think that's huge". Vincent-Tripp was Miss America 1991. The organization suffered a big #MeToo shakeup in December when the CEO as well as the board of directors chairman resigned following a report that they disparaged contestants' appearances and sex lives over email.

The changes will start with this year's broadcast on September 9.

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

The next Miss America will be judged on brains, not beauty.

"I hated it", she told The Associated Press Tuesday.

She is running for Congress in Alabama as a Democrat.

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