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Miss America Drops Swimsuit, Formal Gown Portion From Event

Miss America Drops Swimsuit, Formal Gown Portion From Event

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

Miss America contestants will no longer have to flaunt their bodies in swimsuits and formal gowns. Instead, they will have to show they know what the job of Miss America entails and wear something that makes them feel confident.

Former Miss America Gretchen Carlson, who will become the chair of the board of Trustees of the Miss America Organization, said that it’s “no longer a pageant,” but now “a competition.”

From The New York Post:

“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,” Gretchen Carlson, chairwoman of the Miss America Organization, told “Good Morning America.”

“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 said. “That’s what we’re judging them on now.”

Instead of a swimsuit, the judges will ask the ladies to demonstrate their passion, intelligence and overall understanding of the job of Miss America.”

The contestants will wear clothing “that makes them feel confident, expresses their personal style and shows how they hope to advance the role of Miss America” instead of a formal gown.

Last December, the CEO and other top executives of the organization resigned after emails showed them making “lewd and sexist comments about past winners.”

Carlson became the first former Miss America named to lead the organization while four other former winners will serve on the board.

Mallory Hagan, former Miss New York 2012 and Miss America 2013, is happy with the changes:

Hagan, whose appearance was vulgarly criticized in emails by former CEO Sam Haskell and former president Josh Randle, said she was pleased with the changes.

“It’s shifting the focus to what it is that makes a Miss America, to what it is that she really does during her year of service, which is speak on an issue and interact with people,” said Hagan, who is running for a congressional seat in Alabama.

From ABC News:

The sweeping changes to Miss America aim to help the organization be more inclusive and empowering for all women. Carlson also said that she hopes the revamped competition will resonate more with young people.

“We are now open, inclusive and transparent and I want to inspire thousands of young people across this country to come and be a part of our program,” she said. “We want you and we want to celebrate your accomplishments and your talents and then we want to hand you scholarships.”


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Well, stick a fork in Powerline coverage and the pageant entirely. Nobody cares about these ladies minds, except to the extent that they were able to develop them in spite of looking super-hot. Another institution killed by wokeness.

This just in, NFL drops tackling from game as glorifying violence (sarc). Expects viewership to climb.

The swimsuit thing always bugged me (not that I didn’t meticulously study their form). It was so hypocritical: “We’re about empowering women… and now for the T&A challenge”.

I dated a Miss Louisiana in college and her inside stories about what really went on (the entire pageant culture starting when she was 6) really turned me off. Although it’s odd that they are just now recognizing their audience is mostly female not male.

Is it really “Little Miss Sunshine”? I don’t know. When we were kids my grandmother would call to make sure we “don’t forget it’s on this Thursday 8pm” so it must have been a huge deal for her generation. Maybe the culture rot affected it, as it did all things.

kenoshamarge | June 5, 2018 at 11:23 am

Well, there go the ratings.

NavyMustang | June 5, 2018 at 11:24 am

““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 said. “That’s what we’re judging them on now.””

Sorry, but this is BS.

If it isn’t BS, then I expect to see competitors who look like Madeline Albright competing…and we all know that won’t happen.

It was a happy day when Carlson left Fox. She is one uptight woman. I think she scared the bejesus out of Doocy and Kilmeade.

    Freed Serf in reply to NavyMustang. | June 5, 2018 at 11:52 am

    “… then I expect to see competitors who look like Madeline Albright competing…and we all know that won’t happen.”

    I think you missed the point of what they’re saying. A nice round Madeline Albright type is the next winner, guaranteed.

I remember a time when the University of Georgia would Red Shirt Miss Americas.

I recall seeing the show when I was young, my mother would always watch it. I don’t think I have seen more than about 10 minutes of it since. Most of the women in it were vacuous and any questions they answered were pat and trite PC garbage, even before the days of PC.

I give it a couple of years and it will be gone into history.

So the new requirements will be to send them a transcript, SAT scores, and an essay? No real need for a TV show.

Hmmm. A competition … for people who know they can’t compete.

I’d like to think that’s a novelty, but I’m afraid that nowadays, it’s not.

If they’re dropping that “pageant” stuff, and are just going to show a swarm of non-contenders, there’s little point in putting it on TV. They might consider saving a pot of money and just send them all their Participation Trophies in the mail.

4th armored div | June 5, 2018 at 11:58 am

have they now started a tranny division 😎

Nobody cares about their minds, if they did Mindy Cokebottleglasses would be up there instead of Miss Augmented.

Might as well have them sit around in their sweats and see which can best regurgitate the pap they’re fed.

buckeyeminuteman | June 5, 2018 at 12:37 pm

“I think the reason most U.S. Americans can’t find places such as The Iraq on a map is because most U.S. Americans don’t own a map.”

That young woman wasn’t on TV because of her bright mind. However, her statement is the only one any will ever remember for a pageant such as this.

#GetWokeGoBroke Chapter 2,852,967…

Presenting Miss America 2018: Ms.Trigglypuff 😎


Reading closer now, between the lines, it’s sounds like they are going to politicize Miss America, with a SJW make over.

Expect many lectures on White Privilege, Global – click!

Bucky Barkingham | June 5, 2018 at 12:45 pm

Whichever contestant does the best job of parroting Leftist crap will win. How long before there is a transgender Ms America?

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to Bucky Barkingham. | June 5, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    2020. The contestants for the next couple of years are going to be the ones that are functionally in the pipeline of the Pageant Culture. Once they realize that all that effort is pointless, there will be a collapse in the number of participants from the usual sources and in about a year you will see the demands for those who identify as women being allowed to participate. Which will drive off the remaining genetically female.

Ratngs Bonanza: run them through SERE School. Last one standing wins.

Lots of room for advertising too, since we’ll only have 30 mins of film.

So the guys tune out because of the swimsuits, and the gals tune out because of the evening gowns in the Cis crowd while the Pageant may be missing out in the future when being more inclusive for the more gender fluid crowd.

I don’t remember any Greek or Roman sculptures… nor those of the Renaissance depicting the Rosie O’Donnells of the world.

Next Miss World will have a Burqa segment.

    Fen in reply to alaskabob. | June 5, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Nah, I’ll be representing Maryland next year. I identify as a 24 yr old hottie.

    But I’m not shaving my beard. That’s Patriarchal.

inspectorudy | June 5, 2018 at 12:53 pm

I wonder if Carlson has pondered if she would have won if they all had been wearing burquas? Not a chance. The old newspaper meme of “Sex and Blood” sells, works for TV too and the elimination of sex/beauty will kill the future of this pageant. What would be next, open gender?

A feminine mind without a feminine body? Will they maintain a separation of sexes (i.e. male and female)? What are they hiding? This sounds progressive.

Related article concerning the email scandal last December where oh no the c-word was used and event execs mocked contestants looks and weight. One even slut-shaming Hagan with “are we the only 2 men here she hasn’t f***ed? We stopped counting at 25”.

“The totality of it was quite surprising. And at this moment in American culture, this feels particularly weighty,” Hilary Levey Friedman, a professor at Brown University, told The Post.

…Hagan and other contestants outraged. As were at least 25 wives. Shocked to find gambling at this establishnent!

Sorry but I gotta go with Bill Burr on this one:

Outrage clashes with your spray tanned boobs falling out of that bikini top.

“Respecting” women worked so well for Playboy. ‘Miss America,” watch it while you can.

healthguyfsu | June 5, 2018 at 2:21 pm

Well, I can’t possibly not watch it more than I already do, so whatever floats their boat I guess.

If it’s now just a competition and not a pageant, does this mean they will follow the woke example of the Boy Scouts and admit males?

    txvet2 in reply to ray. | June 5, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Why not? And since they eliminated the swimsuit and gown categories, they won’t even have to wear women’s clothes.

    n.n in reply to ray. | June 5, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    With an obfuscation of mental and physical gender traits, it may well include transgender individuals, including: transvestite males, feminine males, and neo-females.

    Milwaukee in reply to ray. | June 5, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    “Boy Scouts”? They have destroyed that dream. All these girls wanted to join the “Boy Scouts”. I believe they have until the end of the year. Then the name changes to “Scouts”. They will not be in the Boy Scouts. What was once the “Boy Scouts” is having a name change to reflect other changes, and once was will no longer exist, except in memory and song.

All this time I thought that the “job” of Miss America was to wear a bikini and look sexy, but I have always been 100% ignorant on the topic since I have never, ever watched anything Miss America.
Guess I learned something today. Meh.

Nancy Pelosi has a chance!

It is probably a good thing since being FAT is now cool. Imagine in five years a bunch of women waddling around in swimsuits! What they do not realize is removing any stigma about being fat is the same as doing it for alcoholics and smokers. All three are very bad for your health.

    Milwaukee in reply to Ottis. | June 5, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    I’ve heard the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition has “full bodied” women. Rubenesque, like. No thank you.

Typical. Remember the old saw: If you are conservative and you don’t like guns, you don’t own a gun. If you are a leftist progressive and you’re afraid of guns, you don’t let anybody own guns. So on and so forth.

I never watched because I considered it demeaning for the female participants. Sort of like a sophisticated wet-t-shirt contest. But, there were enthusiastic participants. One of my former students went as Miss Wisconsin, and finished 6th overall, I believe. She was, and I hear still is, a wonderful, energetic, talented, bright individual. She has always been trying to make the world a better place. So, it wasn’t all bad. Now I think it will slide into ugly progressive women. What’s that bit about “the left identifies a target, kills it, and then wears the skin and makes us salute.”?

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

You’re going to be an unwatched competition.

Gremlin1974 | June 5, 2018 at 10:58 pm

And this his how you end up with this.

The winner of Eurovision clucking like a chicken and making baby noises. Does anyone else remember when these were actual talent shows?

Well South Park did a wonderful ep on concussions in football, so they made it a no-contact event. I would hope someone was penning out ideas the second this announcement was made.

Next year’s odd’s on favorite to win: “Chelsea” Manning

American men are not looking for sophisticated conversation or educational accomplishments. They are looking for women to be the mothers of their children and pleasure in their eyes and beds.

DouglasJBender | June 6, 2018 at 2:07 pm

I read, “Miss America Drops Swimsuit,…” and jumped straight to the article. Somewhat disappointed.

There’s a great advantage to eliminating the swimsuit part. Now the entire pageant can be broadcast on radio saving tons of money.