Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

End of an era: Miss America waves goodbye to iconic swimsuit round

End of an era: Miss America waves goodbye to iconic swimsuit round

"We are no longer a pageant", said Carlson, the first former Miss America to be named chair of the board of trustees of the Miss America organisation.

The competition's contestants - representatives of all 50 US states - "will be asked to demonstrate their passion, intelligence and overall understanding of the job of Miss America", the show reported.

"We are no longer a pageant, we are a competition and they will be judged on what's in their brains and what's in their hearts and what passion they have for their careers and for their society", Hopper said.

Miss America contestants will compete wearing evening attire of their choosing that makes them feel confident and expresses their personal style.

"They're trying to put more focus and emphasis on the woman and her accomplishments, I think part of the accomplishment is keeping a really good healthy figure and carrying yourself very proud and womanly", said Judith Graham, 65, who represented the Big Apple in the 1973 Miss America when she was known as Judith Keithley. "But look, we have always had talent and scholarship and we need to message that particular of the program better as well". "We will no longer judge candidates on their outward physical appearance", she declared.

The official Miss America Twitter account tweeted a short video of a white bikini going up in a puff of smoke with the hashtag #byebyebikini.

"It's a job and you're interviewed like any other job, and it's a tough interview", Cash said.

This change will be effective come fall when the Miss America 2019 competition airs live from Atlantic City, New Jersey, on September 9.

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"I think for a pageant that's supposed to empower women it seemed contradictory that they'd have women in swimsuits parading their bodies", said Sarah Baugh of the Upper West Side. They'll discuss advancing social-impact initiatives.

According to Carlson, the gown competition will be revamped to allow women to wear whatever they want.

Former Miss Illinois Marisa Buchheit said she was "torn" about the announcement.

The caveat for this otherwise encouraging move is that it's not clear yet if the changes will also apply to the smaller local and state pageants that feed into the Miss America competition. Carlson has been an advocate of the movement and she settled a lawsuit against former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes over sexual misconduct accusations during her time at the network.

Miss America is rebranding for the modern era that's less tolerant of outright objectification of women.

For decades young women from across the country have competed in the Miss America pageant, walking the stage in evening gowns and swimsuits.

Carlson said she is not anxious ratings for the nationally televised broadcast might suffer.

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