‘Miss America’ Eliminates Swimsuit Competition; Will Not Judge On Appearance

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"We are no longer a pageant,” declared Gretchen Carlson, chair of the board of trustees of the Miss America Organization, as she outlined sweeping changes for the 2019 Miss America Competition this morning. Those include eliminating the swimsuit portion of the event as well as tweaking the evening gown section. Effective this September, the 51 women representing their home states and the District of Columbia “will no longer be judged on outward physical…