Miss America will no longer be a pageant that judges women based on beauty, physique, or any other outward appearance, but is now a competition between different types of women. Instead, they'll replace the swimsuit modeling with live interaction between the judges and the state titleholders.
"People actually like the talent part of the competition", she said.
There she is, Miss America... fully clothed.
"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 added.
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In January, Carlson was named the first former victor to serve as the organization's leader and four other former Miss America winners were also named to the board. Finally, Gretchen Carlson, the advocate and former Fox News host, was Miss America 1989.
Contestants with Miss America will now participate in an interactive session with the judges to demonstrate their passion, intelligence, and the overall understanding of the job of Miss America, ABC reports. In the early 1990s, the Miss America Organization acknowledged the controversy over the swimsuit portion and asked viewers to vote on whether to keep it.
Carlson said the organization wants to be open, transparent and inclusive to women who may have not been comfortable participating before.
Carlson also said the new Miss America competition will be more inclusive to women of "all shapes and sizes". "But look, we have always had talent and scholarship and we need to message that particular of the program better as well". Last December, chief executive Sam Haskell and board chairman Lynn Weidner stepped down after a story by HuffPost revealed disparaging emails sent by pageant leaders and staffers about former contestants, using crude language.