There are big changes underway for the iconic Miss America Pageant’, it is now known as the ‘Miss America Competition’. Veteran TV journalist Gretchen Carlson, is the chairwoman of the Miss America non-profit organization. Carlson won the competition in 1989 when she represented her native state of Minnesota. She used some of her scholarship money she was awarded to finish her education. She received a sociology degree from Stanford University in 1990. The competition made it’s debut in 1920 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Carlson announced on ‘Good Morning America’ that the competition would no longer have the swimsuit competition. “we are moving to make this amazing competition more inclusive and more relevant in the ‘me too’ movement. We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward appearance, and that’s huge. That means we will no longer have a swimsuit competition.” The mother of two explained we are now a competition not a pageant, and we will be honoring women on their talents, and their contributions to social causes. Carlson said she has heard from a lot of women, and they tell her that they would have loved to be part of the competition in the past.
However they told her they didn’t want to be involved with a show where they had to parade around in a bikini and high heels. Carlson was a former TV host on ‘Fox News’, she left the show in 2016 after claims of sexual harassment. She settled a lawsuit against the network for 20 million dollars. Carlson would not say if women of all sizes can compete, she added that the completion is now going be transparent and will zero in on a woman’s talent and intelligence, and not focus on what they look like on the outside. The next competition will be on ‘ABC’ from Atlantic City on September 9th.