Miss America Contestants ‘Will No Longer Be Judged on Personal Appearance’
The Miss America Board of Trustees has announced that it is scrapping its swimsuit competition and will no longer judge contestants based on physical appearance.
Contestants will instead be asked to “demonstrate their passion, intelligence and overall understanding of the job of Miss America.”
The evening gown portion of the competition will also be eliminated, with contestants instead asked to “wear attire that makes them feel confident.”
The changes are part of an effort to bring the contest in line with the #MeToo movement.
“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,” chair of the Board of Trustees of the Miss America Organization Gretchen Carlson said.
“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,” she added.
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