Miss America is Officially Removing the Swimsuit Portion From the Pageant


The Miss America pageant has some big changes ahead, starting with one of the biggest pieces of the show— the swimsuit competition. 

Gretchen Carlson, the chairwoman of the Miss America board of directors, announced the change on “Good Morning America.” 

“We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance. That’s huge,” she said.

Instead of a swimsuit competition, the ladies will do a live interactive session with all of the judges that highlights her “achievements and goals in life” and how she plans to use those when and if she is Miss America. 

In December of 2017, the Huffington Post revealed that some of the top leaders of the Miss America Organization were sending lewd emails about contestants, which led to the major shift in the leadership and overall look of the pageant that we’re now seeing. 

Now, the Miss America Organization is led by an all-female team, all of whom are former pageant winners. 


Colleen Matthews
Raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Colleen grew up cheering on the Razorbacks, fishing with her dad, learning about southern hospitality from her mom, and enjoying the best of The Ozarks. When she's not writing, she's likely spoiling her black lab, playing pranks on her husband, chasing around her nieces and nephews, or rearranging her house.

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