Miss America Bids Adieu to Swimsuit and Evening Gown Competition

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Feels like this should've happened a long time ago...

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Miss America Gets Rid of Swimsuit and Evening Gown Competition

According to Good Morning America the Miss America organization will no longer continue to judge women competing in the pageant based on the swim suit and evening gown portion of the program.

Gretchen Carlson who sits on the board of trustees for the organization, (and who herself was Miss America 1989) announced the change on GMA Tuesday morning.

Carlson expressed her concern with the old state of pageantry, "We are no longer a pageant. We are a competition. We will no longer judge candidates on their outward physical appearance".

Getting rid of the swimsuit portion of the program will highlight more important aspects of the Miss America Organization claims Carlson, “It’s going to be what comes out of their mouth that we’re interested in, when they talk about their social impact initiatives” .

The changes come at a time where women are speaking up about harassment in the workplace, and movements like #MeToo, Times Up, and Ask Her More are aimed at ending sexism.

Carlson knows a thing or two about the #MeToo movement, as she's been a supporter ever since her own experience. Carlson, a former cohost of Fox & Friends, settled a lawsuit against the former Fox News chair and CEO, Roger Ailes. He was accused of sexual harassment and misconduct.

ABC will air the 2018 Miss America pageant on Sunday, September 9th.