Miss America gets makeover, ditches swim competition

The Miss America competition is going to look a little different come September.

That’s because new chairwoman of the organization and former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson announced last week that the competition will not longer include its long-held swimsuit portion, according to Allure.

“We are no longer a pageant, we are a competition. We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance,” Carlson said in her Good Morning America announcement. “That means that we will no longer have a swimsuit competition and that is official.”

But that’s not the only change coming to the competition; Allure reports that its evening gown portion will no longer focus on what the contestants are wearing, but instead will gauge “what comes out of their mouth,” according to Carlson.

As if these changes aren’t major enough, there may still be more on the horizon. When Carlson was asked during her initial announcement whether the new and improved competition will include a more diverse size range, she answered in a positive way.

“We are interested in what makes you you,” she said, according to Allure. “At the end of the day, we hand out scholarships to these women. We want more women to know that they are welcome in this organization.”

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