Miss America to end swimsuit competition. Here's why

Miss America to end swimsuit competition. Here's why

Miss America to end swimsuit competition. Here's why

"We're interested in what makes you, you", she said.

Gretchen Carlson, who chairs the organization's Board of Trustees, announced the unprecedented changes Tuesday on Good Morning America, which include scrapping the event's almost 100-year-old swimsuit contest. "Miss America will represent a new generation of female leaders focused on scholarship, social impact, talent, and empowerment" Carlson said in a statement.

"We are a competition", she added.

Instead of running a swimsuit competition, the organization will feature "a live interactive session with the judges", the show reported, according to the organization.

Miss America will no longer make contestants parade on stage in swimsuits and will stop referring to itself as a pageant - an effort to move the 97-year-old event forward in the #MeToo era after its upper ranks were rocked by scandal.

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"If you're upset about Miss America dropping it's swimsuit completion: Maybe you should respect women for who they are on the inside, beauty is truly skin deep and in the eyes of the beholder", someone said.

Carlson said that the organization will also allow contestants to wear whatever they'd like during the evening gown segment of the show and that it will be more inclusive to women with bodies of "all shapes and sizes".

The 2019 Miss America Competition is set to air at 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 on ABC.

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The organization says the contestants will highlight their achievements and goals in life and how they'll use their talents, passion and ambition to perform the job of Miss America.

Organiser says they will no longer judge the candidates on their outward physical appearance. "Miss America is proud to evolve as an organization and join this empowerment movement".

"I could have never expected what would happen when I sued my former employer at Fox News for sexual harassment 22 months ago, but look what has happened", she said.

"Thousands of women have been inspired to know that they can stand up and speak up and their voices will be heard", Carlson said. The shakeup in leadership came late past year, as the result of a scandal in which leaked emails from former Miss America CEO Sam Haskell were released to the Huffington Post. Finally, Gretchen Carlson, the advocate and former Fox News host, was Miss America 1989.

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