Miss America waves bye bye to bikinis

Miss America waves bye bye to bikinis

Gretchen Carlson, the 1989 Miss America victor and first former contestant to sit on the pageant's Board of Trustees, announced the Miss America Organization would no longer recognize the swimsuit competition and judge contestants on their physical appearance.

Trustee Gretchen Carlson, herself a former Miss America said: 'We're not going to judge you on your appearance because we are interested in what makes you you'.

"It's our history, it's how we started, but it's evolved away from that", Gravely said about the swimsuit part of the competition.

An email scandal last December in which former Miss America officials denigrated the intelligence, appearance, and sex lives of former title winners led to a shake-up at the top, and the group's top three leadership positions are now held by women.

Carlson says that the pageant wants to be "open, transparent and inclusive to women who may not have felt comfortable participating in our program before".

"We want you and we want to celebrate your accomplishments and your talents and then we want to hand you scholarships", she said.

"We have to move forward", she said. Vincent-Tripp was Miss America 1991. Since the 2018 Miss Georgia contestants, including Taylor Burrell, Miss Rome, will be checking into their hotels in Columbus this weekend for the state competition, Pitts said she thinks the swimsuit competition will still be a part of the event. Miss America has been losing viewers for over a decade, especially among the coveted 18- to 49-year-old demographic. The shakeup in leadership came late previous year, as the result of a scandal in which leaked emails from former Miss America CEO Sam Haskell were released to the Huffington Post.

Miss America contestants appear onstage during the 2017 Miss America competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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Gretchen, 51, was named chairwoman of the Miss America Organization just days after Sam Haskell resigned in January.

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

The change will not impact the Miss Arkansas competition that is scheduled to begin next week in Little Rock.

The competition will feature a live interactive session between contestants and judges in place of the swimsuit portion, starting this September.

When asked about how the change will affect TV ratings, Carlson said she's not anxious about losing now that the program won't feature scantily clad women, adding that the talent segment actually receives higher ratings.

"Using some really disparaging comments, passing around photos of me in a swimsuit, discussing my weight, things of that nature, and some of the things were really bad", said Hagan.

"At this point we don't know all the particulars about all of the changes that are going to be made", Whitten said. Rather, she says, it's what comes out of their mouths that counts.

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