Miss America Scrapping Swimsuit Competition


Miss America will no longer include a swimsuit competition, the organization announced Tuesday on "Good Morning America."

Gretchen Carlson, the chair of the Board of Trustees for the Miss America Organization, said, "We are no longer a pageant, we are a competition."

The organization will be implementing these changes that digress from judging the contestants on their outward appearances for the upcoming competition.

In place of the swimsuit competition, contestants will participate in a live interactive session with the judges, highlighting their achievements and goals in life.

The evening gown portion will also be removed and the contestants will be encouraged to wear something that makes them feel confident, expresses their personal style and shows how they hope to advance the role of Miss America.

The talent portion will remain in the competition.



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