Miss America to Scrap Swimsuit, Evening Gown Competitions

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Nostalgia, however, only lasts for so long.

Carlson, a former Miss America and Fox News contributor who sued Roger Ailes for sexual harassment in 2016, appeared on ABC's Good Morning America Tuesday to deliver the news that candidates will no longer be judged on their looks.

Mallory Hytes Hagan, Miss America 2013, was a particular target of the emails, many of which ridiculed her weight gain after she won the title.

She further added that the Miss America will now be a "competition" and not a "pageant" that will judge on a woman's outward appearance.

"I'm a strong believer in the interview", Waring says.

But others met the news with happiness and acceptance, ready to turn a new leaf on beauty pageants. On the other, she said this part of the competition is important to the history of the competition and well-being of the contestants.

The almost century-old Miss America competition will drop its well-known swimsuit competition this year and will no longer judge contestants based on their physical appearance, a top organisation official said on Tuesday.

"We are very excited about moving Miss America in the direction of inclusivity", Hopper told INSIDER.

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Women now hold the top three positions at the organization.

The evening gown section is also being axed, with contestants asked to wear something that makes them feel good and expresses their personal style instead.

Gone too will be the high heels and sequined dresses that were once staples of the evening gown portion of the competition, organizers announced today. It was built as a bathing beauty contest 97 years ago, but Miss America is now saying "bye bye bikini" and shifting the focus from beauty to brains.

Miss America 1946 Marilyn Buferd crowns the new Miss America 1947, Barbara Jo Walker, of Memphis, Tennessee in Atlantic City, N.J.

Kendall Morris, who competed in 2011 as Miss Texas, said the swimsuit competition taught her how to eat healthy and exercise, "not just for 15 seconds on stage but for a lifetime". The program began as a swimsuit competition in 1921, and although that was almost a century ago, she said she was sad to see a severing from the swimwear tradition.

Miss Greater Richmond, Davina Seoparsan, a recent University of Virginia graduate who's gearing up for law school, is also heading to Lynchburg to compete for Miss Virginia.

Miss Georgia 2017, Alyssa Beasley participates in the swimsuit challenge during Miss America 2018 at Boardwalk Hall Arena, Sept. 7, 2017, in Atlantic City, N.J.

The organization's goal is to be "open, transparent and inclusive", she said. "You can be strong and stand up for yourself no matter what you're wearing".