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
Courtesy of Time:
Miss America will no longer make contestants parade on stage in swimsuits and will stop referring to itself as a pageant – an effort to move the 97-year-old event forward in the #MeToo era after its upper ranks were rocked by scandal.
Gretchen Carlson, the new chair of the board of trustees for the Miss American Organization, announced the changes on ABC’s Good Morning America Tuesday morning as part of the competition’s attempt to shift its emphasis away from comparing women’s looks and bodies.
“We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance,” Carlson, who was crowned Miss America in 1989, said. “That’s huge.”
You know even when I was a horny teenager I still thought the swimsuit competition was demeaning and unnecessary.
I have not watched one of these things for decades, and I don’t see that changing.
However, this is progress and that should always be celebrated.
Kind of interesting that one of the former Fox News bimbettes is leading the charge on this reformation. Don’t you think?
I guess being sexually harassed by Roger Ailes will do that to you.
I also hear that they did away with the part where Donald Trump walks in while the women are changing so that he can ogle them.