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The Miss America Pageant Just Made A Huge Change That Has The Internet Cheering

By Jonna Ivin-Patton

No longer will outside physical appearances be a factor in who becomes Miss America. The organization s getting rid of the outdated swimsuit competition in favor of crowning the next Miss America on her accomplishments, talents, intellect and character.

Gretchen Carlson, former Fox Entertainment correspondent, who sued the company and settled for sexual misconduct against former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, appeared on Good Morning America to discuss the changes with the organization. Carlson also happens to be the first former Miss America winner to come on board as the chair of the Board of Trustees of the Miss America Organization.  

 She had this to say about the future of Miss America:

We are no longer a pageant. We are a competition. 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.