Thursday, 19 September, 2019

Miss America says it will stop judging contestants based on physical appearance

Gretchen Carlson participates in the BUILD Speaker Series to discuss her book Miss America says it will stop judging contestants based on physical appearance
Lora Ball | 05 June, 2018, 20:25

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

Miss America is scrapping its swimsuit competition and will no longer judge contestants based on their physical appearances.

Miss Texas Margana Wood reacts after advancing from the swimsuit component of the Miss America competition in Atlantic City. The organization is also ditching the evening gown portion of the program, and will instead allow participants to slip into something that makes them feel more confident and comfortable while expressing their personal style. "Who doesn't want to be empowered, learn leadership skills and earn scholarships?"

After Carlson came forward with her allegations against Aisles, other women came forward.

The official Miss America Twitter account tweeted a short video of a white bikini going up in a puff of smoke with the hashtag #byebyebikini.

The 2019 Miss America Competition airs live on ABC on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 9 p.m. EST.

The changes, Carlson explained, are about being "open, transparent" and "inclusive" to women of every shape and size.

"That means that we will no longer have a swimsuit competition", Carlson said.

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Carlson, a former victor of the 97-year-old contest, said in a statement that judges would instead focus on competitors' scholarship, talent and social impact.

"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. Finally, Gretchen Carlson, the advocate and former Fox News host, was Miss America 1989.

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.

Carlson said the evening-wear portion of the competition will also be changed to allow women to wear something other than a gown if they want.

There she is, Miss America... fully clothed.

Hagan, whose appearance was vulgarly criticized in emails by former CEO Sam Haskell and former president Josh Randle, said she was pleased with the changes. "Miss America is proud to evolve as an organization and join this empowerment movement".

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

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