In a revolutionary decision, the Miss America Organization has dropped its swimsuit round this year, claiming that they will no longer judge contestants on their appearance.
The 100-year-old competition which was started in Atlantic City, New Jersey, as a bathing beauty contest was made to attract tourists to the seaside resort in the weekend after Labor Day.
The District of Columbia and all the contestants who come from 50 states will be judged on the basis of their passion, intelligence and an overall understanding of an ideal Miss America.
According to the reports, the organization is also planning to scrap the evening gown round of the competition. The team will now ask the contestants to wear attires that make them feel confident and expresses their personal style.
Gretchen Carlson, a former Miss America who is head of the organisation’s board of trustees, said, "We’ve heard from a lot of young women who say, ‘We’d love to be a part of your program but we don’t want to be out there in high heels and a swimsuit,’ so guess what, you don’t have to do that anymore. Who doesn’t want to be empowered, learn leadership skills and pay for college and be able to show the world who you are as a person from the inside of your soul. That’s what we’re judging them on now."
Crowed Miss America in 1989, Carlson is well known for her opinions. She is an outspoken advocate for victims of sexual harassment and a champion of the #MeToo movement.
Information Source: abc
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