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Miss America drops swimsuit competition, won't judge on looks

05 June 2018

The chair of Miss America, Gretchen Carlson, a former pageant victor and Fox News anchor, divulged these changes on Tuesday.

"We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance", she said.

The former evening gown competition will now give participants "the freedom to outwardly express their self-confidence in evening attire of their choosing while discussing how they will advance their social impact initiatives".

But it has run into resistance to the swimsuit, and to a lesser extent, evening gown competitions, that had come by some to be seen as outdated. Vincent-Tripp, an assistant attorney general at the Florida Office of the Attorney General, was Miss America 1991.

"So guess what, you don't have to do that anymore", she said.

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The Miss America victor in 1993, Leanza Cornett, said at the time that the swimsuits should be scrapped. Carlson told ABC. "That's what we're judging them on now". Miss America was crowned but a runner-up received the top swimsuit trophy.

She said: "We are no longer a pageant". In 2016, Fox News settled a sexual harassment lawsuit Carlson had previously filed against former Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes.

The 87-year-old Waring, who still owns the one-piece, black-and-white-striped bathing suit she wore in 1948, says the suits worn by contestants these days are "skimpy" and "undignified", and she's heard from many young women who didn't want to wear them.

In this August 30, 2017, photo, contestants attend a welcoming ceremony for the Miss America competition on the Atlantic City, N.J., boardwalk.

In another first, all three leaders are former pageant winners in the Miss America system.

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Miss America's 2019 competition will take place in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on 9 September.

Carlson said she is not anxious ratings for the nationally televised broadcast might suffer because of the elimination of swimsuits.

Miss America, America's favorite shitshow of a competition, has decided to make a radical change. "The swimsuit competition has been controversial since the early 1920s, but it's been retained because the majority of the people like it".

"I never thought I'd be the chairwoman of the Miss America Organisation, but here I am and we're moving it forward and we're evolving in this cultural revolution".

Recently, Carlson has been an advocate for victims of sexual harassment and a champion of the #MeToo movement.

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Miss America drops swimsuit competition, won't judge on looks