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Miss America Finally Scraps The Swimsuit And Evening Gown Competitions, Shockingly Decides To Judge Women On Their Minds Rather Than Their Bodies

By Nadine / mercredi 6 juin 2018 10:00
The FML here is that these competitions were even a thing for so long.

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At the cusp of the #MeToo revolution, bathing suit competitions are seen more than ever as outdated -- as well as setting an unreachable standard for women at a time when there is already far too much of that in the general media.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. 

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By  PhoenixChick  |  24

My favorite part is picturing all those todder pageant moms, the ones who claim this will help their daugther be Miss America someday. Finally, they will understand that they've wasted their kids childhood's for no good reason.

By  thehaystackerine  |  16

um... it's a beauty pageant?

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By  PhoenixChick  |  24

My favorite part is picturing all those todder pageant moms, the ones who claim this will help their daugther be Miss America someday. Finally, they will understand that they've wasted their kids childhood's for no good reason.

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  julfunky  |  25

No, they won’t finally understand. They will still believe that pushing their child was worth it for all those pageant trophies and any future pageant trophies. Being Miss America is only part of it.

By  thehaystackerine  |  16

um... it's a beauty pageant?

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  coolmike699  |  23

They answered that, though. Gretchen Carlson said that it's a "competition" rather than a "pageant". You might not like it or agree with her, and that's fine, I don't care about that but it answers your point.

By  wanted_2_want  |  39

Finally middle eastern women will be able to participate in this type of “beauty contests”.

Pretty sure that sooner rather than later, transsexuals will want to get in the “inner beauty pageant competition” frenzy.

SMH

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  Nadine  |  20

Transphobic and xenophobic in one fell swoop! Must be exhausting having so much hate.

And yep. We can't wait for them to join.

By  txmarine  |  7

so when are they gonna attack the Mr universe competition and force them to allow fat guys in because it sets an unrealistic standard for men's bodies?

By  Taurus_ChicKa  |  31

Good. Now maybe we can have some non-liposuction, plastic surgery Barbie doll types in the competition. Not that it matters, because what does Miss America even do? Just wear a sash designating her as such, while just standing there looking pretty?

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