Miss America Will No Longer Include Swimsuit Competition

Howard TerryJun 07, 2018

The latest iteration of the Miss America competition will be more inclusive of women of all sizes and will no longer include the swimsuit competition, the organization announced on Tuesday. And now we're adding in this new caveat that we're not going to judge your outward appearance because we're interested in what makes you, you.

Current Miss America Cara Mund, who was crowned in September past year, also took to Twitter to comment on the news, writing: "We're changing out of our swimsuits and into a whole new era #byebyebikini".

She also said the group will make changes to the eveningwear portion, adding it will not judge women on their chosen attire.

As one might imagine, nixing the swimsuit portion of the competition has caused quite a stir on social media, with opinions falling on all ends of the spectrum.

But the elimination of swimsuits isn't the only change coming to the 97-year-old event. There's a big reason. No sooner did the news surface online, people were shocked and spilled their thought with a dash of humour.

"We are no longer a pageant", said Carlson, the first former Miss America to be named chair of the board of trustees of the Miss America organisation. Finally, Gretchen Carlson, the advocate and former Fox News host, was Miss America 1989. Most especially in light of the #MeToo movement, something that Gretchen is familiar since she filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes a year ago. "It taught me a lifelong discipline beyond the Miss America stage".

Miss America, America's favorite shitshow of a competition, has chose to make a radical change. "That's huge", she said. Numerous delays. Hope Report is not being changed and made weaker!

"The 2019 miss America competition will look different", said Regina Hopper, Miss America President and CEO.

"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", Carlson said in the statement. The contestants will be asked to display passion, smarts, and an in-depth understanding of the responsibilities of Miss America. Let us know in the comments section, especially those who've joined pageants before.

So if Miss America is no longer a pageant-what exactly is it?

Miss Virginia gets a $20,000 scholarship and goes on to compete for Miss America. She supported the dropping of the swimsuit competition. Girls train hard for it, that's not something to discourage.

Stefanie Wittler, Miss Tennessee, Mallory Ervin, Miss Kentucky, Sarah Slocum, Miss Arkansas, Taylor Treat, Miss Oklahoma, and CC Barber, Miss Oregon, wait to see who will advance after competing in the swimsuit competition, January 30, 2010.

Former Miss Tennessee 1986 and Miss America 1987 Kellye Cash says the interviews that will replace that competition will define the next Miss America.

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