Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Miss America Telecast Drops Swimsuit Competition in Nod to Changing Times

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Melissa Porter | 05 June, 2018, 23:42

"We're no longer judging women when they come out in their chosen attire, their evening wear", she said.

Gretchen Carlson, the 1989 Miss America victor and first former contestant to sit on the pageant's Board of Trustees, announced the Miss America Organization would no longer recognize the swimsuit competition and judge contestants on their physical appearance.

Carlson, whose sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes led to his departure, said the board had heard from potential contestants who lamented, "We don't want to be out there in high heels and swimsuits". Miss America announced this morning that they will immediately eliminate the swimsuit portion of the contest and replace it with a segment where the women discuss their plans, goals and dreams. "That's huge! And that means that we will no longer have a swimsuit competition".

But conservative middle-aged men are the most easily trolled people on the internet, and so most responses were making fun of them while praising Miss America 2.0.

Carlson also told GMA that the competition would be more inclusive of "women who may not have felt comfortable participating in our program before" due to the bikini event portion, another radical step for the organization.

Miss Texas Margana Wood reacts after advancing from the swimsuit component of the Miss America competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. September 10, 2017.

"We are no longer a pageant", said Gretchen Carlson, the chair of the Board of Trustees for the Miss America Organization. "Who doesn't want to be empowered, learn leadership skills and earn scholarships?" Finally we can judge women on what really matters: "baton twirling", someone wrote, poking fun at the concept that women should be judged at all.

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

The Rockport resident, who was crowned Miss America in 1948, says the pageant is "evolving as the women in the country are evolving". In 1948, Waring says, it was all about appearance - in bathing suit and evening gown - and the "talent" competition, which could be singing or dancing or, in Waring's case, playing the vibes.

Some Miss America executives, including the CEO, resigned after coming under scrutiny during the #MeToo era for sexist emails about contestants, forcing the organization to take a hard look at its leadership.