Miss America competition will no longer have swimsuit segment

Axelle  Bauer-Griffin  FilmMagic via Getty Images

Axelle Bauer-Griffin FilmMagic via Getty Images

Contestants now will be judged on "who you are as a person from the inside of your soul", according to reports.

"We are no longer a pageant", said Gretchen Carlson, chair of the Board of Trustees for the Miss America Organization, during an interview on ABC's "GMA".

But it has received its share of criticism for the swimsuit part of the competition, and, to a lesser extent, the evening gown portion, both seen as outdated by some. She said the swimsuit portion is not the highest-rated section of the broadcast and viewers seem to be more interested in the talent competition.

"It's going to be what comes out of their mouth that we're interested in, when they talk about their social impact initiatives", she said of the contestants from all 50 USA states.

The official Miss America Twitter account shared a short video of a white bikini going up in a puff of smoke with the hashtag #byebyebikini and the words "Miss America 2.0".

It will all be official in time for the September 9 competition in Atlantic City. Carlson said contestants will now be able to wear "whatever they choose".


You don't have to anymore.'highlight her achievements and goals in life and how she will use her talents, passion, and ambition to perform the job of Miss America'.

And, if women hope to be taken seriously, particularly when it comes to issues related to sexual harassment, it probably makes sense to rethink certain aspects of such a pageant. Others have argued that the swimsuit portion is an important part of the competition.

The changes follow an email scandal in December, in which former leaders denigrated the intelligence and personal lives of former Miss Americas.

The new logo for the Miss America pageant is pictured here. Carlson has been an advocate of the movement and she settled a lawsuit against former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes over sexual misconduct accusations during her time at the network.

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. "Miss America is proud to evolve as an organization and join this empowerment movement". The competition's leadership teams now all are headed by women, including former Miss America winners.

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