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

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

While some were delighted to hear the news, others said that without the swimsuit round, Miss America would "fail".

The 97-year-old Miss America pageant is dropping the swimsuit and evening gown competition and will no longer judge contestants on their physical appearance, organizers announced on Tuesday.

The 2019 Miss America Competition will take place in Atlantic City, New Jersey, just as the first Miss America Pageant was almost a century ago.

Contestants wore swimsuits, in September 2015, as they competed in the 2016 Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J. The Miss America Organization is dropping the swimsuit competition from its nationally televised broadcast, saying it will no longer judge contestants in their appearance.

Carlson also said the new Miss America competition will be more inclusive to women of "all shapes and sizes".

The swimsuit competition will be replaced with an interactive session with the judges, in which the women will be asked to demonstrate their "passion, intelligence, and overall understanding of the job of Miss America". In 1921, Atlantic City businessmen established the "bathing beauty" contest, hoping to extend the resort city's summer tourism season.

Miss America, America's favorite shitshow of a competition, has chose to make a radical change.

That means, she said, there will no longer be a swimsuit competition, and the evening gown competition phase will be revamped.

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"In hindsight, Miss America doesn't wear a swimsuit at all during her year, in fact the only time she does is on stage at Miss".

But others are unimpressed. And now in the wake of that controversy, Miss America has made a decision to adopt a more inclusive, issues-focused, and less sexually changed direction.

"We are no longer a pageant", said Carlson.

"It's going to be what comes out of their mouth that we're interested in when we talk about their social impact initiatives", Carlson said.

The new rules also come amidst the #MeToo era, as women have shared their stories and advocated on behalf of victims of sexual harassment and abuse. Most especially in light of the #MeToo movement, something that Gretchen is familiar since she filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes past year.

Graham, who played piano in the talent portion of the contest, said a contestant's character is important - but they have to be the "whole package".

While spectators only see the pageant, she said, what they don't see is the work being done year-round by the winners, who traverse the state (or the nation) making appearances and supporting causes with everyone from senior citizens and military personnel to politicians and children of all ages in schools.


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