Miss America to end swimsuit competition. Here's why

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The revamped contest will replace the swimsuit portion with a live, interactive session with the judges. Carlson was asked about a potential ratings loss in kiboshing the swimsuits and she told GMA, "That's not a highly-rated part of the competition".

Today's decision blows the old days and old ways away.

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13: Miss Alabama, Meg McGuffin, Miss Louisiana, April Nelson, Miss America 2016, Betty Cantrell, Miss Mississippi, Hannah Roberts, Miss Colorado, Kelley Johnson attend The 2016 Official Miss America After-Party at on September 13, 2015 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. "That's what we're judging them on now".

"We are no longer a pageant", said Carlson.

"It shouldn't be about how good you look in a bikini it should be about how intelligent you are", said Travis Ryder of Washington Heights.

What do you think? "I personally still believe that being mentally and physically healthy is an important component of taking on the responsibility of being a local, state or national titleholder, but my hope is that we work to continue to educate young women on healthy lifestyles".

The Miss America Pageant is no longer to be referred to as a pageant, it's a competition.

All the people DeAngelis spoke to support the change, even those who have taken the title.

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Miss America's transformation is timely not only because of #MeToo, but also because the event has been generally losing viewers for the past few years, down to 5.6 million in 2017 from 8.6 million in 2013.

It sounds like the Miss America pageant is finally getting a makeover for the 21st century, one that'll hopefully cut back a bit on the ample amount of lechery that's always defined the thing.

"Not only have the times changed, but the women of our country have changed", says Waring. "This change has been a long time coming".

Carlson said the evening-wear portion of the competition will also be changed to allow women to wear something other than a gown if they want.

Gretchen, 51, was named chairwoman of the Miss America Organization just days after Sam Haskell resigned in January.

The Miss America Organization has made a crucial amendment to their annual pageant, as they will no longer judge a candidate based on their physical appearance. "We're interested in what makes you, you", she said.

Miss America has undergone a major overhaul in response to the Me Too movement.

They want the competition to be inclusive to all women, DeAngelis reported. "I think it's important to make this change, it's a scary change, but necessary and good for the program", Shellum said.

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