Now that the Miss America pageant is run by an all-female team, they are making some changes to the 97-year-old event.
The first step is removing the swimsuit portion from the competition. As reported by CNN, the chairwoman of Miss America’s board of directors, Gretchen Carlson, appeared on Good Morning America Tuesday morning and had this to say, “Miss America will be a competition, not a pageant. We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance. That’s huge. The new Miss America competition will be more inclusive to women of all shapes and sizes.”
If you take a peek at the Miss America official Twitter page, you’ll find a video of a white bikini going up in smoke, accompanied by the hashtag #byebyebikini.
— Miss America Org (@MissAmericaOrg) June 5, 2018
Eliminating the swimsuit portion of the competition isn’t the only change taking place. The evening gown competition is getting an overhaul as well. Ms. Carlson says the contestants will now be afforded the opportunity to “wear whatever they choose.” The talent portion of the competition will remain intact.
When asked what empowered the changes, Carlson stated “the rise of the #MeToo movement.”