(CNN) The next edition of the Miss America pageant will scrap swimsuits and will be more inclusive to women of all sizes, the contest announced Tuesday.
Gretchen Carlson, the chairwoman of the Miss America board of directors, announced on “Good Morning America” that the event will no longer feature a swimsuit portion.
Miss America will be a competition, not a pageant, Carlson said on the show Tuesday.
“We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance. That’s huge,” she said.
Carlson also said the new Miss America competition will be more inclusive to women of “all shapes and sizes.”
Listen, I’m fully aware that we are living in a different time now. A time where women are, rightfully so in a lot of aspects, leveling the playing field. This though, makes absolutely zero sense.
The definition of a beauty pageant is a competition that has traditionally focused on judging and ranking the physical attributes of the contestants, although some contests have evolved to also incorporate personality, intelligence, talent, and answers to judges’ questions as judged criteria. Based on this alone, it makes absolutely zero sense to drop the swimsuit competition from the pageant, since it’s literally a competition based on looks primarily. Let’s all be honest here. Not one person, male or female, wants to tune in to hear some attractive young lady from Tennessee spout off her half cooked thoughts about some world issue that they barely know a thing about. In all honesty, this move is gonna set women back decades. Here, for example, is the answer a young lady gave when asked if euthanasia should be legalized:
“That’s one of the things I’m not educated on so I need to look up on what that means … but I do know that’s a vaccine.”
For the record, euthanasia is assisted suicide to those who are terminally ill & suffering.
You know what the great equalizer was tho? THE SWIMSUIT COMPETITION. Nobody cares about the questions other than to laugh at the ridiculous responses. The evening gown part can cover up many flaws with proper design. You can’t hide from the swimsuit part tho. Everybody on a level playing field. There’s no easy way out. There’s no shortcut home. You gotta rock it to win. Now please enjoy this montage of past bikini strutting pageant dynamos.