Miss America competition axes swimsuit portion from its pageant

Miss America will no longer be judged based on appearance but will allow contestants to wear whatever they choose.

Emily Treadgold

It's a little odd that its 2018 and just now Miss America decided to get rid of the part of their competition where women are judged based on how good they look in a swimsuit. However, today is the day. No more swimsuit competition in Miss America.


The all-female team is making considerable changes in the competition. 


The next edition of the pageant will be more inclusive to women of all sizes. Gretchen Carlson, the chairwoman of the Miss America board of directors, announced on Good Morning America that the new version would be more along the lines of a competition and not a pageant.

We're experiencing a cultural revolution in our country with women finding the courage to stand up and have their voices heard on many issues. Miss America is proud to evolve as an organization and join this empowerment movement.

Gretchen Carlson
Miss America chairwoman

"We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance," she said. "That's huge."


In place of the swimsuit contest, contestants will have an interactive session with the judges. Thats not the only change; the evening gown competition will be redone. Contestants can now wear whatever they want.


They're more interested in their social impact initiative. Carlson emphasized that they are open, inclusive, and transparent and the main thing is the scholarships.