Miss America pageant dropping the swimsuits and evening gowns

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CBN's The 700 Club co-host Terry Meeuswen, who was crowned Miss America in 1973, said getting rid of the swimsuit portion was "long overdue". The shakeup in leadership came late a year ago, as the result of a scandal in which leaked emails from former Miss America CEO Sam Haskell were released to the Huffington Post.

And others former Miss New Yorks welcomed the change, saying they think it will bring in more modern viewers. On Tuesday's Good Morning America, Carlson announced sweeping revisions to Miss America to change it from being about looks to being about character.

The organization is already celebrating the overhaul with a new hashtag, #byebyebikini, as shown above, and Carlson also appeared on Good Morning America Tuesday, and emphasized that the pageant will now be known as a competition.

Renee Engeln, a psychology professor at Northwestern University and author of "Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession With Appearance Hurts Girls and Women", said she was skeptical that eliminating bikinis would remove a judgment on appearance. "You're just mad you can't gawk at them like meat anymore", another wrote. They'll discuss advancing social-impact initiatives.

Going forward contestants from all 50 states will participate in a live interactive session with the judges, during which they will show off their skills, intelligence, and passions in an effort to prove that they are fit for the job.

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The 2019 Miss America Competition is scheduled for September 9.

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The organization also will overhaul the evening gown portion of the contest, according to Carlson.

Late past year, a number of emails were leaked that showed conversations between the pageant's CEO Sam Haskell and others within the organization, insulting former winners' bodies, slut-shaming them, referring to them with misogynistic slurs, and even conspiring to tank their businesses and deny them their livelihood.

In May, Regina Hopper (Miss Arkansas 1989) was appointed president and CEO while Marjorie Vincent-Tripp (Miss America 1991) was named chair of the Board of Trustees.

"We're interested in what makes you you", she said.

Miss America has undergone a major overhaul in response to the Me Too movement.

"We are no longer a pageant", said Carlson. 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.

At the same time, the organization announced that a "Miss America 2.0" website and campaign would be launching soon.

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