Last month, the new chair of the Miss America Competition, Gretchen Carlson, hinted at the possibility of dropping the swimsuit portion in light of the Times Up movement -- and now it's official.
Carlson, who was crowned Miss America in 1989, announced, "We are no longer a pageant; we are a competition. We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance. That means we will no longer have a swimsuit competition." Carlson says they're also going to change the evening gown portion of the competition. She says, "We're no longer judging women when they come out in their chosen attire -- their evening wear, whatever they choose to do. It's gonna be what comes out of their mouth that we're interested in, when they talk about their social impact initiatives."
The Miss America Competition will air live on September 9th on ABC. (USA Today)
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