The Miss America Organization will no longer judge contestants on physical appearance.
The next Miss America will be judged on brains, not beauty.
The 97-year-old beauty pageant is dropping its swimsuit competition — and will stop rating women on their physical appearance, period.
“We are no longer a pageant,” Gretchen Carlson, who was crowned Miss America in 1989 and is now the organization’s chairwoman, told “Good Morning America” on Tuesday. “We are a competition.”
Instead of having contestants parade around on stage in bathing suits, the new program will include a “live interactive session with judges,” according to the Miss America Organization, where contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will be asked to talk about their passions and how they would uphold their title of Miss America. The organization is also ditching the evening gown portion of the program, and will instead allow participants to slip into something that makes them feel more confident and comfortable while expressing their personal style.