“Miss America” is Getting Rid of the ‘Swimsuit Competition’ and Says It’ll No Longer Judge on Looks

Gretchen Carlson was recently elected chairwoman of the “Miss America” organization and she’s already making significant changes. She went on “Good Morning America” yesterday and announced that they’re eliminating the ‘swimsuit competition’ and that the pageant will no longer judge on LOOKS. Gretchen won in 1988 as Miss Minnesota.

“We’re not going to judge you on your [outward physical] appearance because we are interested in what makes you YOU.”

She said they’re also going to be “revamping” the evening gown portion and emphasized that the women will be able to wear whatever they choose.  (It’s unclear if the contestants can still CHOOSE to wear next-to-nothing.)

Gretchen said that she’s NOT concerned that the ratings might go down because the swimsuit portion did not get great ratings and that people were actually more interested in the talent portion, which is mildly surprising.

This year’s “Miss America” is happening on September 9th.