2018-06-13 13:19:41 UTC
"Miss America Pageant Ends Swimsuit Competition
06/05/2018 07:56 am ET
The Miss America pageant will no longer feature a swimsuit
competition, ending a tradition widely criticized as misogynistic as
the event tries to move toward more inclusion.
We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical
appearance. Thats huge. And that means we will no longer have a
swimsuit competition, Gretchen Carlson, the new chair of the Miss
America Organization, announced Tuesday on ABCs Good Morning
Miss America, Carlson added, will be a competition, not a pageant,
and will strive to change its public perception by emphasizing its
role in providing scholarships to young women and honoring talent.
Weve heard from a lot of young women who say, Wed love to be a
part of your program but we dont want to be out there in high heels
and a swimsuit, Carlson said. So guess what? You dont have to do
that anymore. Youre welcome. Please come join us.
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.
Miss America has undergone a major overhaul in response to the Me Too
movement. Carlson became chair after emails uncovered last year
revealed sexist and misogynistic comments among its leadership. The
competitions leadership teams now all are headed by women, including
former Miss America winners.
The organization also will overhaul the evening gown portion of the
contest, according to Carlson.
Neither the swimsuit nor the gown competitions were the highest-rated
parts of the program, Carlson said, and the changes got little
resistance within the organization.
Miss America, she added, hopes to be open, transparent, inclusive to
women who may not have felt comfortable participating in our program
The changes will go into effect for this years contest, scheduled for
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