Miss America Finally Scraps The Swimsuit And Evening Gown Competitions, Shockingly Decides To Judge Women On Their Minds Rather Than Their Bodies
After nearly 100 years, the Miss America Organization has changed its tune. Gretchen Carlson, the new chair of the board of trustees for the Miss America Organization and former Miss America of 1989 announced that the organization would no longer hold the very notable swimsuit and evening gown competitions.
"We are no longer a pageant, we are a competition. We will no longer judge candidates on their outward physical appearance," Carlson said on Good Morning America.
At the cusp of the #MeToo revolution, bathing suit competitions are seen more than ever as outdated -- as well as setting an unreachable standard for women at a time when there is already far too much of that in the general media. Though it can be argued that the Miss America competition is sexist in itself; valuing women for what's in their heads rather than how they look is undeniably a step in the right direction.
“It’s going to be what comes out of their mouth that we’re interested in, when they talk about their social impact initiatives.
“We wanna be open, transparent, inclusive. [...] We’re interested in what makes you, you. Tells us about your goals and achievements in life. […] [These women] became lawyers, and doctors, and members of congress. And we want more women to know that they are welcome in this competition.”
You go, Gretchen. We can't quote every awesome thing that comes out of her mouth during this interview, so we've got the full Good Morning America video for you guys to check out below.