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Miss America competition will no longer have swimsuit segment

June 21, 2018

The Miss America pageant will no longer hold a swimsuit portion of the competition, the organization announced Tuesday.

Without the swimsuit segment, contestants will no longer be judged on physical appearance. Instead, they’ll replace the swimsuit modeling with live interaction between the judges and the state titleholders.

“We are no longer a pageant,” said Gretchen Carlson, chair of the Board of Trustees for the Miss America Organization, during an interview on ABC’s “GMA.”

“We are a competition,” she added.

There also will no longer be an evening gown portion and instead the contestants will wear an outfit that best represents their style.

Ms. Carlson, who was Miss America 1989, joined the organization after her advocacy against sexual harassment in the workplace, following her departure from Fox News and her allegations against the network’s former CEO.

The Miss America Organization had its own scandal after emails leaked from the former president, criticizing the contestants’ physical appearances.