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>> It's the end of an era in beauty contests. There will be no more women in bikinis in the Miss America competition, making it more inclusive to all body shapes and sizes. That's according to chairwoman Gretchen Carlson. Who told Good Morning America, quote, we are no longer a pageant, we are a competition.
We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance. That's huge. The Miss America organization breaking this news on Twitter through this video. Which went viral along with #byebyebikini. Carlson said in a statement that judges would instead focus on competitors' scholarship, talent, and social impact. And the swimsuit portion would be replaced by a panel interview of contestants.
Women will also no longer be judged during the evening gown portion of the event. The revamp, following a recent management overhaul, with women now leading Miss America for the first time in its 97 year history. And comes as the MeToo movement has spurred change. The former leaders of Miss America resigned in December following media reports that executives had sent lewd emails about past winners.