In what is being touted as a significant move in the history of beauty pageants, Miss America Organization has decided to drop swimwear round from its annual beauty pageant and revamp the evening gown round to make it more “inclusive” for women from all walks of life and not be judged for their outer beauty.
“We are no longer a pageant; we are a competition. We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance,” Gretchen Carlson, who took over as chair of the Miss America Organization Board of Trustee told GMA‘s Amy Robach. “That means we will no longer have a swimsuit competition.”
Watch her stating all the reasons behind the historic move –
JUST IN: "We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance. That's huge. And that means we will no longer have a swimsuit competition." – @GretchenCarlson on the major changes coming to @MissAmericaOrg https://t.co/ICRIsRN71h pic.twitter.com/IWKcVvCC50
— Good Morning America (@GMA) June 5, 2018
Miss America Organization’s CEO Sam Haskell had earlier resigned in December over vulgar mails about former Miss America contestants by the group’s leadership. Carlson, who’s a new appointee as the chairwoman and former Miss America 1989, once sued Fox News for sexual harassment.
It may be noted that the decision comes around at a time when ‘MeToo’ movement by prolific personalities and celebrities has taken America by storm.
(Featured pic credits: ABC News)