Oldest living Miss America endorses decision to drop swimsuit competition

Miss America says it will stop judging contestants based on physical appearance | TheHill

"We are not stupid", Leonard Horn, the organization's chief executive, said in 1993.

The modifications for the upcoming telecast were unveiled by Gretchen Carlson, a former Miss America who is chair of the board of trustees of the Miss America Organization.

Carlson, a former Miss America and Fox News contributor who sued Roger Ailes for sexual harassment in 2016, appeared on ABC's Good Morning America Tuesday to deliver the news that candidates will no longer be judged on their looks. Part of the tradition of why we were here in Atlantic City was that it started as a bathing beauty competition.

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 is scrapping the swimsuit portion of its competition for the 2018 pageant.

Instead, they will be allowed to display the personal style that makes them feel the most comfortable and confident in the role of Miss America.

She says that the group will make changes to the evening wear portion of the competition, adding it will not judge women on their chosen attire.

She said women who hoped to enter had gotten in touch to say 'We don't want to be out there in high heels and swimsuits'.

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The 2019 Miss America Competition airs live from Atlantic City Sunday, Sept. 9, at 9/8c on ABC.

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. "Who doesn't want to be empowered, learn leadership skills and earn scholarships?"

There she is, Miss America... fully clothed.

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

The organization also will overhaul the evening gown portion of the contest, according to Carlson.

She further added that the Miss America will now be a "competition" and not a "pageant" that will judge on a woman's outward appearance. Finally, Gretchen Carlson, the advocate and former Fox News host, was Miss America 1989. "Thousands of women have been inspired to know that they can stand up and speak up and their voices will be heard".

The trio takes over for the leaders of the Miss America Organization who resigned in December after the Huffington Post revealed that leaders and employees had sent emails disparaging pageant contestants, including references to their weight and sex lives.