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Miss America Beauty Pageant will no longer judge on Physical Appearance & has removed Swimwear Competition



ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – SEPTEMBER 10: Miss North Dakota 2017 Cara Mund celebrates the round of victory during the 2018 Miss America Competition Show at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)

The Miss America beauty pageant will no longer have a swimwear competition category and the contestants will also no longer be judged on their outward physical appearance.

This announcement was made today by Miss America Organization chair of the Board of Trustees, Gretchen Carlson.

She said:

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. 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. That’s what we’re judging them on now. 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. We want you and we want to celebrate your accomplishments and your talents and then we want to hand you scholarships.

According to the organisation, in place of the swimsuit portion of the competition, Miss America contestants will now take part in a live interactive session with the judges.

Good Morning America reports that the organization is also getting rid of the evening gown portion of the competition and instead 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.

Watch below.

Photo Credit: Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions


  1. ***

    June 5, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Then it should no longer be labelled ‘beauty pageant’
    Miss America Empowerment programme should be more appropriate
    The ‘Miss’ shouldn’t be there at all as married women who want to participate in the program may feel offended
    Don’t also forget to eliminate the 25 year age limit for entry into the competition, no segregation! With want more and more women included with equal opportunity … age shouldn’t be a barrier in giving women the opportunity to get empowered and learn leadership skills

    American Woman Empowerment Pageant ?
    Na you call am beauty pageant na you still talk say looks no go count lol

  2. Diamond

    June 5, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    Very impressive! I hope other countries do the same too.

  3. ***

    June 5, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    We want more **

  4. John

    June 5, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    So an 80 yr old grandma can compete.

    Oh dear ..I can already see the hastag #ageism trending.

    Is good to be a lawyer in America .

    So being nude is no longer liberating and cool. that it?

    So they are now telling women what to wear and speak. .

    Confusionists everywhere

    Anyway ..I like reading history..It was one one of the most underrated course but the most dangerous.

    The way history manages to repeat itself is what always baffles me ( in spite of all the gra gra).

    The wonder God doesn’t bother showing himself anymore to mankind as in the old…It is now boring

    There is always a reset button available

    • Anne

      June 5, 2018 at 8:30 pm

      @John, let us assume that you are just being sarcastic, just in case that is not true, you really need to check yourself, whilst reading your post, I already thought it must have been written by male. A man who does not appreciate women in their entirety instead see them as lust feeding objects. That alone is extremely sad. what is wrong in an institution choosing to see women the proper way they should be seen and not through lustful colored lenses. What is wrong in change? What is wrong with giving productive and intelligent women the chance to change the world after winning? I applaud you WAP. Please bear with those who see nakedness all the time even in the most unexpected places, hopefully they realize their mistakes and change. For some it may take years, after marriage and the good news of being told ‘Congratulations, it’s a girl. Guess what WAP, their brain cells will then begin to process the female very differently.

  5. Nunulicious

    June 5, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Lol. Anyone notice that they said “any young person” can participate? Make way, the transgenders are coming through…

    • Preye

      June 6, 2018 at 9:33 am

      you just read my thoughts. That statement “open, inclusive and transparent” is about to cause a whole lotta drama. Transgenders and queers are about to bombard these people, n if they’re rejected,…lool. Na dem cause wahala for themselves

  6. africhic

    June 6, 2018 at 8:56 am

    Never could stand pageants.

  7. Oswald Rangi

    June 6, 2018 at 11:17 am

    This will bring a lot of young beautiful women to come out and share their Confidence, Success , History , Inspiration and Experience they have to the world.Let see other countries follow especially in Africa we came and adopt too much from the western countries.

  8. Engoz

    June 7, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    It’s a win for beautiful, smart and morally conservative women who shun pageants because of the swimsuit angle. They can now participate without compromising their values on modesty and ‘semi-nudity’. Religious folks should be happy.

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