In a transfer meant to modernize within the period of #MeToo, the Miss America pageant will now not embrace a swimsuit competitors.
The group's new board of trustees chairwoman, former Fox Information anchor and Miss America 1989 Gretchen Carlson appeared on Good Morning America to make the large announcement. (Carlson took cost of Miss American earlier this yr after The Huffington Publish found emails from former CEO Sam Haskell and different leaders wherein contestants have been slut-shamed, body-shamed, and referred to as vulgar names.)
"We’re now not a pageant," Carlson informed GMA. "We’re a contest. We are going to now not choose our candidates on their outward bodily look. That's enormous."
Carlson stated they may also be revamping the night robe portion of this system. As a substitute contestants might be requested to put on clothes that makes them really feel snug and assured—an expression of their very own private fashion.
"We’ve heard from loads of younger girls who say, ‘We’d like to be part of your program, however we don’t need to be on the market in excessive heels and a swimsuit,’ so guess what, you don’t have to do this anymore," Carlson stated. "Who doesn’t need to be empowered, study management expertise, and pay for faculty and be capable to present the world who you’re as an individual from the within of your soul. That’s what we’re judging them on now."
"We at the moment are open, inclusive, and clear, and I need to encourage hundreds of younger individuals throughout this nation to return and be part of our program," she continued. "We wish you and we need to have fun your accomplishments and your abilities after which we need to hand you scholarships."
Carlson additionally hopes to place extra concentrate on the expertise and scholarship points of the competitors going ahead.
Response on-line has been pretty constructive thus far.
However, in fact, there are some upset concerning the modifications.
As for whether or not or not the competitors's new route will have an effect on scores—we'll simply have to attend till September to seek out out.