The next time we see a Miss America pageant on TV, it will be missing two major components. It was announced today (June 5) that the annual beauty competition will no longer have a swimsuit or evening gown portion. The change was announced by Gretchen Carlson, the chairwoman of the Miss America board of directors, on ABC's Good Morning America.
Miss America will be a competition, not a pageant, Carlson said on the show Tuesday.
"We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance. That's huge," she said. Carlson also said the new Miss America competition will be more inclusive to women of "all shapes and sizes."
In place of the swimsuit contest, the contestants will take part in a live interactive session with the judges, according to a statement from the Miss America Organization, "where she will highlight her achievements and goals in life and how she will use her talents, passion, and ambition to perform the job of Miss America."
As for the evening gown portion, the contestants will still show off there style, but it will be in an outfit that they choose. The idea is to see the participants in outfits that make them comfortable, enabling them to show their best selves. Contestants will also discuss how they would advance their social-impact initiatives during this part of the contest.
The talent portion of the competition will remain.
The rise of the #MeToo movement is powering the changes, Carlson said.
The next Miss America competition is September 9 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.