Miss America Scraps Swimsuit Competition in Wake of #MeToo Movement

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Miss America Scraps Swimsuit Competition in Wake of #MeToo Movement

The Miss America Organization announced Tuesday that it'll no longer be judging contestants in part on the how they look in a swimsuit, as has been done since the pageant began almost a century ago in Atlantic City.

"We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance".

"We are no longer a pageant". Instead, contestants will wear an outfit in keeping with their own personal style, and there will be additional live interaction time with the judges.

She added: "That's what we're judging them on now".

The official Miss America Twitter account tweeted a short video of a white bikini going up in a puff of smoke with the hashtag #byebyebikini.

It will all be official in time for the September 9 competition in Atlantic City.

That's what contestants will be judged on now, Carlson added.

"Miss America announces they will no longer have a swimsuit portion to the competition and cease calling it a 'pageant.' Call me when they decide to up their game for the Interview part", someone else said, pointing out a portion of the competition they deem more problematic.

Carlson, a former victor of the 97-year-old contest, said in a statement that judges would instead focus on competitors' scholarship, talent and social impact.

A former "Fox & Friends" anchor, Carlson has become an outspoken advocate against sexual harassment and trailblazing champion of the #MeToo movement.

The new logo for the Miss America pageant is pictured here. "Miss America is proud to evolve". The competition's leadership teams now all are headed by women, including former Miss America winners.

Neither the swimsuit nor the gown competitions were the highest-rated parts of the program, Carlson said, and the changes got little resistance within the organization.

The trio takes over for the leaders of the Miss America Organization who resigned in December after the Huffington Post revealed that leaders and employees had sent emails disparaging pageant contestants, including references to their weight and sex lives.

In 2016, she settled a lawsuit against former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, who stepped down from his role after mounting pressure from several employees with similar accusations. "I never thought I'd be the chairwoman of the Miss America Organization, but here I am and we're moving it forward and we're evolving in this cultural revolution".

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