The Miss America Organization is dropping the swimsuit competition from its nationally televised broadcast, saying it will no longer judge contestants on their appearance. The competition began nearly years ago in Atlantic City, New Jersey as a bathing beauty contest designed to keep tourists coming to the seaside resort in the weekend after Labor Day. But it has run into resistance to the swimsuit, and to a lesser extent, evening gown competitions, that had come by some to be seen as outdated. An email scandal last December in which former Miss America officials denigrated the intelligence, appearance and sex lives of former title winners led to a shake-up at the top, and the group's top three leadership positions are now held by women.
Miss America is scrapping the swimsuit portion from its pageant
Even without the swimsuit competition, Miss America is a horrible institution.
Fifty years later, it appears that MeToo has done what a protest could not: eradicate one of the most derided aspects of the competition, the swimsuit. Coming soon: New website. New show. New experience. The changes will take effect at the national finals, again in Atlantic City, in September. State and local competitions will follow suit after that, but they are likely to continue including swimsuits during the current season.
Even Without the Swimsuit Competition, Miss America Is Indefensible
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When the Miss America Organization announced on Tuesday that its namesake contest is eliminating its swimsuit competition , some fans and former contestants alike welcomed the move as a sign of progress and liberation from a mode of judging women on their looks. In fact, though Miss America started specifically as a swimsuit competition, that format was then considered by some to be liberating for participants. The first such event, held in in Atlantic City, N. This was a moment in history when the sportswear industry was booming amid the rise of middle-class leisure time and tourism, which was in part a product of the establishment of the hour work week. It was considered liberating for women to be free to show off bare limbs in a swimsuit, when even a trip to the beach had long required respectable American women to dress modestly.