No More Swimsuits For Ms America
05 Jun, 2018
The nearly century-old Miss America competition will drop its well-known swimsuit competition this year and will no longer judge contestants based on their physical appearance, a top organization official said on Tuesday.
The event, founded as a swimsuit beauty pageant intended to draw visitors to Atlantic City at the end of the summer, will no longer call itself a “pageant,” in a bid to modernize its image at a time when the #MeToo movement has shone a harsh light on pervasive sexual discrimination and harassment in American life.
The swimsuit competition will be replaced by a panel interview of contestants, the group said in a statement.
ABC, owned by the Walt Disney Co, broadcasts the competition, which will be held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Sept. 9 this year.
The group’s top leadership resigned in December following media reports that former executives had sent lewd emails about past winners.
The contest will also no longer judge women during the evening gown portion of the competition, instead encouraging contestants to use the event to express their personal style.
“We’re experiencing a cultural revolution in our country with women finding the courage to stand up and have their voices heard on many issues,” Carlson said. “Miss America is proud to evolve.”
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