Miss America Axes Swimsuit Competition To Encourage Contestants Of All Sizes, Will No Longer Judge On Looks

Mohit Priyadarshi

Miss America is set for a complete transformation.

The almost century-long beauty pageant, which originated back in 1921 as a "bathing beauty revue" in Atlantic City, is now under female leadership for the first time since its inception. The MeToo movement, which took down many alleged sexual predators in Hollywood, also revealed glaring sexism among the top brass of the Miss America Organization at the end of last year.

Gretchen Carlson, the chairwoman of the Miss America board of directors, who was joined by Regina Hopper as the CEO of the organization just last month, announced on Good Morning America that the competition is going to scrap the swimsuit section for good.

"We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance. That's huge."

On Tuesday morning, the official Miss America Twitter account of the competition's current winner, Cara Mund, posted a short animation of a white bikini going up in a puff of smoke with the hashtag #byebyebikini.

"It's going to be what comes out of their mouth that we're interested in when we talk about their social impact initiatives," she said.

"Thousands of women have been inspired to know that they can stand up and speak up and their voices can be heard," Carlson added. "And if I've been a beacon of hope to any woman in that process, it will have been worth it."

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