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Miss America pageant is scrapping off its swimsuit competition as the board of directors said they will no longer judge a woman based on their physical appearance.

"Miss America announces they will no longer have a swimsuit portion to the competition and cease calling it a 'pageant.' Call me when they decide to up their game for the Interview part", someone else said, pointing out a portion of the competition they deem more problematic.

Changing direction: "We are no longer a pageant, ' Miss America chairwoman Gretchen Carlson (pictured) told Good Morning America on Tuesday".

Now Miss America has an all-new, all-women leadership team, including Gretchen Carlson, who was crowned Miss America in 1989. "That's what we're judging them on now".

Tuesday's announcement came after leadership changes within the Miss America Organization. So guess what, you don't have to do that anymore.

But it has received its share of criticism for the swimsuit part of the competition, and, to a lesser extent, the evening gown portion, both seen as outdated by some. They'll discuss advancing social-impact initiatives. In the swimsuit competition's place, contestants will participate in a session where they interact with judges and highlight their own achievements, passions and ambitions.

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For the full story, head on over to The Washington Post.

The competition began almost 100 years ago in Atlantic City, New Jersey, as a bathing beauty contest created to keep tourists coming to the seaside resort the weekend after Labor Day.

The 97-year-old contest will no longer judge the 51 women representing their home states and the District of Columbia on outward physical appearance. Historically, the one thing every Miss America has had in common is that they have been conventionally attractive, a definition that has expanded over time.

"This is a new beginning and change can sometimes be hard, but I know a lot about change", she said. The next competition won't look anything like this moment though, as the evening gown segment has also been deleted.

Regina Hopper was appointed president and CEO of the Miss America Organization, and Marjorie Vincent-Tripp was named as chair of the Board of Trustees of the Miss America Foundation. The org is also dropping the name "pageant" in favor of labeling the Miss America event a "competition". "Miss America is proud to evolve". In the age of #MeToo, a movement Carlson can relate to as she successfully sued the late Roger Ailes in 2016 for sexual harassment at Fox News, those behind the competition feel the focus needs to be on less superficial things. Whoever wins will go on to compete in this fall's Miss America.

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