Miss America is getting a makeover!
Former Miss America and now chair of the Board of Trustees of the Miss America Organization, Gretchen Carlson, announced on Good Morning America on Tuesday that there will no longer be a swimsuit or evening gown competition and contestants will no longer be judged on their physical appearance.
The former Fox News anchor explained:
“We are no longer a pageant, we are a competition.”
In place of the swimsuit segment, contestants will take part in a live interactive session with the judges demonstrating their passion, intelligence, and overall understanding of the job of Miss America. Instead of the traditional gown portion of the competition, contestants are encouraged to wear attire that makes them feel confident, expresses their personal style, and shows how they hope to advance the role of Miss America.
Carlson went on:
“We’ve heard from a lot of young women who say, ‘We’d love to be a part of your program but we don’t want to be out there in high heels and a swimsuit,’ so guess what, you don’t have to do that anymore. Who doesn’t want to be empowered, learn leadership skills and pay for college and be able to show the world who you are as a person from the inside of your soul. That’s what we’re judging them on now.”
Right on! Watch her full announcement (below)!
JUST IN: “We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance. That’s huge. And that means we will no longer have a swimsuit competition.” – @GretchenCarlson on the major changes coming to @MissAmericaOrg https://t.co/ICRIsRN71h pic.twitter.com/IWKcVvCC50
— Good Morning America (@GMA) June 5, 2018
This is a huge change! So, we wanna know…
[Image via ABC.]