The End of the Swimsuit Competition for Miss America

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Gretchen Carlson, the new chairwoman of Miss America and former Miss America herself (in 1989), spoke to Good Morning America about the future of Miss America.

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“We’ve heard from a lot of young women who say, ‘We’d love to be a part of your program, but we don’t want to be out there in high heels and a swimsuit,’ so guess what, you don’t have to do that anymore,” Carlson said to GMA. “Who doesn’t want to be empowered, learn leadership skills and pay for college and be able to show the world who you are as a person from the inside of your soul.”

Miss America will no longer have a swimsuit competition, and they will also be revamping their evening gown competition where the contestants can choose to wear what makes them feel most confident and expresses their personal style.

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“We are no longer a pageant. We are a competition,” Carlson said to GMA.