Miss America Scraps Swimsuit Competition in Wake of #MeToo Movement

Miss America Scraps Swimsuit Competition in Wake of #MeToo Movement

Miss America Scraps Swimsuit Competition in Wake of #MeToo Movement

The 2019 Miss American competition will take place in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on September 9 and air on ABC.

Excluding the appearance of the contestants from the criteria list effectively meant that Miss America would not be a beauty pageant any longer, some users pointed out.

The 96-year-old competition also pledged to scrap its swimsuit and evening gown portions in the "huge" shake-up.

The modifications for the upcoming telecast were unveiled by Gretchen Carlson, a former Miss America who is chair of the board of trustees of the Miss America Organization.

For decades, women's groups and others had complained that the swimsuit portion was outdated, sexist and more than a little silly.

The announcement came after a shake-up at the organization that resulted in the top three positions being held by women. Just last month, Miss America named its first all-female leadership team of former pageant winners. And instead of the hyper dolled-up evening gown competition, Miss America will be "asking contestants to wear attire that makes them feel confident, expresses their personal style and shows how they hope to advance the role of Miss America", according to ABC.

"Whatever they choose to do", Carlson said, "it's what comes out of their mouth that we're interested in".

Maybe Miss America is taking a page from the bra burners of the 1970s and reclaiming the practice as bikini burning - a very good throwback moment for 2018. "I felt truly empowered being up there in my swimsuit".

"Not enough, honestly. I think that is the direction they should have taken instead, is promoting they accept all body types", she said. I'm curious to see what else Carlson will do to ensure that the new Miss America reflects what a competition among women can be.

"I wish it wasn't gone - it did show fitness", McKinney said, and being Miss Virginia - or Miss America, for that matter - "is such a tough job - physically, mentally, emotionally". "You don't have to do that anymore", Carlson said.

The Miss America beauty pageant, conceived a century ago as a bathing suit contest, has caused uproar after saying it's ditching the iconic bikini contest. Ailes died a year ago. That was down from 6.25 million the year before.

Carlson also said the new Miss America competition will be more inclusive to women of "all shapes and sizes".

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the District of Columbia set a June 15 hearing to weigh prosecutors' demand that she revoke or tighten the terms of Manafort's release while he is pending trial.

"Guess what?" she said. She said she is now 164 pounds, which she said most people would consider normal.

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