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.”

Miss America announces first all-female leadership team

Miss America has just made history, but not in the form of a contestant or winner.

According to CNN, the organization has just appointed an all-female leadership for the first time in its history. Led by all former pageant winners, CNN reports that Miss America has named Regina Hopper as president and CEO, while “Marjorie Vincent-Tripp was named as chair of the Board of Trustees of the Miss America Foundation.”

Hopper and Vincent-Tripp join former Fox News personality Gretchen Carlson who, in December, was named the chairman of the Miss America Organization’s Board of Trustees. Taking over for leaders who resigned in 2017 over disparaging emails, CNN says the organization hopes the their new leadership team will usher in a new era:

“The induction of this all female leadership team signals forthcoming transformational changes to the entire organization and program, ushering in a new era of progressiveness, inclusiveness and empowerment,” the organization said in a statement.
Amen to that!