The Miss America competition is no longer going to feature swimsuits. The change comes as the competition attempts to move away from being a beauty contest.
"We are no longer a pageant. We are a competition. We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance," remarked Gretchen Carlson, a former Miss America who appeared today on Good Morning America.
"We're no longer judging women when they come out in their chosen attire, their eveningwear," Carlson continued. "Whatever they choose to do, it's going to be what comes out of their mouth that we're interested in when they talk about their social impact initiatives."
Miss America will now also be open to women of different body types. "We want more women to know that they are welcome in this organization."
The changes aren't coming out of nowhere. Last year, Miss America befell a public scandal when emails between pageant officials were publicized, in which they mocked the intelligence and appearance of previous winners.
These alterations are going into effect immediately. If you want to catch the new Miss America, the next season is airing on Sunday, September 9 on ABC. They claim that the lack of swimsuits will not negatively impact ratings, and it will be interesting to see whether they're correct or not.