Miss America to Scrap Swimsuit, Evening Gown Competitions

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort departs from U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. on Feb. 28

Miss America will no longer judge candidates "on their outward physical appearance", the beauty pageant has announced.

Carlson sued the former chief executive at Fox News for sexual harassment two years ago and is the first former Miss America to chair the board of the organisation.

They are dropping the swimsuit competition in favor of an interactive session between judges and contestants in what's being called "Miss America 2.0".

During the evening gown part of this year's competition, contestants will also be able to wear "whatever they choose".

The evening gown section is also being axed, with contestants asked to wear something that makes them feel good and expresses their personal style instead.

"It ain't just about jiggle and jangle, this is a competition that turns out women who have something to say, know how to say it, say it with conviction and they stand up for their causes", she said.

Carlson noted that the changes aim to foster a more "inclusive" and "transparent" environment within the competition, and hopefully be more appealing to a younger audience. "I've talked to tons of young people who've said to me, 'I'd love to be a part of that program, but I don't want to parade around in a swimsuit", she said.

"The decision to make this change was important because it allows us to embrace women differently to do what we ultimately are passionate about in providing exceptional opportunities and scholarships for education", said Jessie Bennett, Miss America trustee.

Voters to decide state, federal, local races in CA primary
Kristi Noem's bid to become the state GOP's first female nominee for governor has opened the state's only House seat. LeeEsther Turner, 50, a registered Democrat, said she voted for John Chiang, a Democrat and current state treasurer.

Car Careens Onto Field During Boys' Baseball Game, Killing 1
The Portland Press-Herald reported that Parkhurst confessed five years ago to a 1968 hit-and-run that left a 4-year-old girl dead. In 2012, after Johnson had retired from law enforcement, he wrote a post on Facebook about the unsolved 1968 homicide.

UK plans to give Northern Ireland joint UK, EU status
The land border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland has been a contentious issue in the wake of the UK's historic decision in June 2016.

The next Miss America will take place September 9, 2018 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

"We are no longer a pageant, we are a competition". "Miss America is proud to evolve as an organization and join this empowerment movement".

Carlson said: 'It's what comes out of their mouths that we care about'. She continued: "If I've been a beacon of hope to any woman in that process, it has been worth it". Last year, the organization was rocked after sexist emails sent by Miss America officials denigrating former contestants' looks and intelligence were leaked.

She is among female leadership, which includes Gretchen Carlson, a champion of the #MeToo movement following her own workplace experience.

Following Carlson's announcement, some on Twitter have praised Miss America for making a change that they believe is long overdue.

This is clearly a departure for the historic pageant, long known for its bathing suits, sequins, and big hair-dos.

"Any competition that's still causing women to spend thousands of dollars on clothing, hair and makeup is a pageant", she said.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Simona Halep wins grueling duel to reach French Open semis
Jun 07, 2018 - 05:27
She also lost in the 2014 final to Maria Sharapova with Caroline Wozniacki denying her in the Australian Open final in January. The victor of Thursday's semi-final will also decide the world number one spot which Muguruza held for four weeks a year ago .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top ASUS ROG Phone: The mobile gaming phone you deserve
Jun 07, 2018 - 05:21
The hardware on the ROG Phone , as you'd expect, is way over the top as well, but it has some really thoughtful additions. On the back are the dual 12MP + 8MP camera, the digital player, and the logo that - of course - shines with LED lights.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Jared Leto Fails To Read The Room, Announces New Joker Film
Jun 06, 2018 - 11:25
We already know, for example, that Leto is set to reprise his role in the sequel to Suicide Squad , set to begin filming in 2019. Despite earning bad reviews, " Suicide Squad " (2016) made Warner Bros. nearly $747 million at the worldwide box office.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Willian backs Fred to shine at Manchester United
Jun 06, 2018 - 11:05
He'll also face a significant step up since the Premier League is of a far higher standard than Ukraine's top division. Fred can be a great signing for the Red Devils as the Brazilian will only add to Jose's armoury.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Katie Taylor: Man dies after shooting at gym of boxer's father
Jun 06, 2018 - 11:04
Bobby was an innocent victim in the shooting this morning at Bray Boxing Club and was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Gardaí say the gunman left the scene at Bray Harbour in a silver Volkswagen Caddy van with Northern Irish registration plates.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top PICTURE: Messi Names Best Three Goalkeepers He Has Faced
Jun 06, 2018 - 10:41
It has also been claimed that several Argentina players were uneasy about travelling to Israel for the game before its cancellation.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Chemotherapy is not needed in 70% of cases of breast cancer
Jun 05, 2018 - 16:09
This resulted in a "highly personalized" anti-cancer therapy that yielded "complete tumor regression", the researchers wrote. They found these women may benefit from surgery and hormone therapy and may not have to go through chemotherapy treatments.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Stephens into first French Open quarterfinal
Jun 05, 2018 - 16:08
Buzarnescu, who reached the final in Prague on clay last month, next faces American 13th seed Madison Keys , the 2017 U.S. The 25th-seeded Kontaveit was unable to exert any pressure on the 10th-seeded Stephens with her error-strewn game.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top First Saudi women receive drivers’ licenses amid crackdown
Jun 05, 2018 - 16:05
This measure is part of the traffic department's preparations to implement a royal decree allowing women to drive in Saudi Arabia. Saudi women have previously petitioned the government for the lifting of the ban, and even taken to the wheel in protest.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Germany's Merkel to work with Italy's populist new govt
Jun 05, 2018 - 16:00
As such, we would be able to take under our wing countries that get into difficulties because of extraordinary circumstances". In another nod to Macron, Merkel said she had a "positive view" of his joint European military intervention force.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Apple resumed its cooperation with the Telegram
Jun 05, 2018 - 15:59
With the iOS 11.4 update recently coming out, it has caused even more problems for those trying to use the Telegram iOS app. The only obstacle that was really getting in the way of Telegram's compliance was Apple's ban.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top China warns United States against tariffs as trade talks end
Jun 05, 2018 - 15:57
Ross's visit and their Chinese peers haggled over how to get Beijing to purchase more American farm and energy products. Beijing said "positive and concrete progress" was made on those issues with details left for "both sides to finalise".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Clinton: I Haven't Apologized Personally to Lewinsky
Jun 04, 2018 - 23:29
They knew there was nothing impeachable. "He was 27 years my senior, with enough life experience to know better", Lewinsky wrote. Meanwhile, Clinton told NBC that he felt "terrible" about the Lewinsky scandal at the time, but said he's come to grips with it.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Guatemala volcano erupts, killing children as lava spews into village
Jun 04, 2018 - 23:27
About 3,100 people were evacuated and almost 300 have been injured after the eruption, according to the country's disaster agency. One woman told the Diario de Centroamerica that lava had poured through corn fields and she thought more people may have died.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top US TRADE WAR ramps up
Jun 04, 2018 - 23:24
It's not necessarily China or the traditional sort of dumpers that you'd associate with negative behaviour. This kind of punch-counterpunch makes Canadians like Michael Seamen really nervous.