The Miss America ‘pageant’ may just have committed suicide in the effort to be politically correct.
And it’s going to disappoint some people.
Miss America is scrapping its swimsuit competition and will no longer judge contestants based on physical appearance, the organization announced Tuesday.
“We are no longer a pageant,” Gretchen Carlson, the first former Miss America to be named chair of the Board of Trustees of the Miss America Organization, said on “GMA.” “We are a competition.”
In place of the swimsuit portion of the competition, Miss America contestants will now take part in a live interactive session with the judges, according to the organization.
The contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will be asked to demonstrate their passion, intelligence and an overall understanding of the job of Miss America.
The organization is also getting rid of the evening gown portion of the competition and instead of asking contestants to wear attire that makes them feel confident, expresses their personal style and shows how they hope to advance the role of Miss America.
So what will they be doing?
“We’ve heard from a lot of young women who say, ‘We’d love to be a part of your program but we don’t want to be out there in high heels and a swimsuit,’ so guess what, you don’t have to do that anymore,” Carlson said. “Who doesn’t want to be empowered, learn leadership skills and pay for college and be able to show the world who you are as a person from the inside of your soul.”
She continued, “That’s what we’re judging them on now.”
Carlson said the reason they’re doing it is to be more “inclusive.”
“We are now open, inclusive and transparent and I want to inspire thousands of young people across this country to come and be a part of our program,” she said. “We want you and we want to celebrate your accomplishments and your talents and then we want to hand you scholarships.”
“We’re moving it forward,” said Carlson. “We’re evolving in this cultural revolution.”
Needless to say, this monkeying with the tradition of the event no longer pageant is not sitting well with some.