Miss America Organization eliminating swimsuit competition

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As one might imagine, nixing the swimsuit portion of the competition has caused quite a stir on social media, with opinions falling on all ends of the spectrum.

Instead of evening gowns, contestants will be asked to wear something that portrays their personal style and makes them feel confident.

While I'm not quite sure what the competition will be about if not beauty, - "It's gonna be what comes out of [a contestant's] mouth that we're interested in", Carlson told GMA - but good news is hard to come by, so let's just embrace this PR campaign for what it is.

But conservative middle-aged men are the most easily trolled people on the internet, and so most responses were making fun of them while praising Miss America 2.0. "You don't have to anymore".

In the statement announcing the new leaders, Miss America said the all-female team signaled a new era for the organization, best known for its widely televised pageants.

The next Miss America will be judged on brains, not beauty.

The women also come with significant business savvy: Hopper is the former CEO of Intelligent Transportation Society of America, Vincent-Tripp is an assistant attorney general at the Florida Office of the Attorney General, and Carlson is a former Fox News journalist who filed a successful sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes.

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Some changes to the pageant's format had been expected since the Miss America organization is now being led entirely by women for the first time.

The 2019 Miss America Competition airs live on ABC on 9 September.

"Thousands of women have been inspired to know that they can stand up and speak up and their voices will be heard", Carlson said.

By shifting the emphasis away from physical appearance and focusing instead on personality and intellect, Carlson said she believes the competition will see an "influx" of new contests and new company sponsorships.

Last year, the organization was rocked after sexist emails sent by Miss America officials denigrating former contestants' looks and intelligence were leaked. But, the swimsuit competition is actually tied to fitness.

'Miss America is proud to evolve as an organization and join this empowerment movement'.

In addition to being crowned Miss America in 1989, Carlson has more recently been an outspoken advocate for victims of sexual harassment and a champion of the #MeToo movement.

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