Miss America will no longer be a pageant that judges women based on beauty, physique, or any other outward appearance, but is now a competition between different types of women. Proving that they are moving ahead with the times under Gretchen Carlson’s leadership, Miss America will stop the swimsuit portion of the pageant and said they will become more inclusive.
Gretchen Carlson who was the 1989 Miss America and former Fox contributor known for suing Roger Aisles for sexual harassment (a move that helped bring attention and awareness to issues and movements such as #MeToo, Harvey Weinstein, and Times Up) is the current chair on Miss America’s board of trustees.
After Carlson came forward with her allegations against Aisles, other women came forward. Due to Gretchen Carlson’s actions and her choice to speak up, Roger Aisles was forced out of the company.
She is giving the pageant a makeover and the response has been mixed.
Gretchen Carlson appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America and discussed the changes. Speaking in the interview, Gretchen Carlson expressed that the 51 women who compete from each state and Washington D.C. will be judged on their intrinsic qualities and who they are, not their appearance.
You may watch that interview below.
JUST IN: "We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance. That's huge. And that means we will no longer have a swimsuit competition." – @GretchenCarlson on the major changes coming to @MissAmericaOrg https://t.co/ICRIsRN71h pic.twitter.com/IWKcVvCC50
— Good Morning America (@GMA) June 5, 2018
While there will be changes such as making it more inclusive, she clarified there won’t be any changes to the talent portion of the competition.
Even the logo for Miss America has changed and the contestants will be required to speak more openly about how they will handle the job of Miss America.
Additionally, the evening gown segment will be replaced with evening attire. This is most likely because there are many empowered, successful women in the workforce who may attend business meetings or make million dollar deals, yet aren’t necessarily wearing low cut evening gowns while doing so.
Miss America organizers also explained that there are many women who have the talent and skills to be Miss America, yet may have been uncomfortable or intimidated by segments such as the swimming suit and evening gown portions.
It’s unclear if the changes will impact Miss America’s ratings moving forward.
Miss America 2019 will be named during a competition airing on ABC Sunday, September 9, 2018, at 9 p.m. ET. Are you going to watch?