The Miss America pageant announced one widely expected policy change — and one that comes as a big surprise. Not only is the organization dropping the swimsuit competition, which has been expected for some time, but the pageant also says it will no longer judge contestants on their appearance.
Instead, the pageant says, it will judge on the basis of “what makes you you.”
Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News host and former Miss America who is now the head of the organization’s board of trustees, discussed the changes today on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“We’re not going to judge you on your appearance because we are interested in what makes you you,” Carlson said on the show.
On its website, the Miss America organization said, “We’re changing out of our swimsuits and into a whole new era.”
ABC, which will televise “The 2019 Miss America Competition” live on Sunday, Sept. 9, issued a press release explaining the changes. You can read it in full by clicking here.