The Miss America pageant is dropping the swimsuit competition, saying it will no longer judge contestants on their appearance but on “what makes you you”.

This beauty pageant started nearly 100 YEARS AGO as a ‘bathing beauty’ contest to keep tourists coming to the seaside resort it was held at. But recently women’s groups and others have complained that making contestants strut around in bikinis and heels is outdated and sexist.

This seemed more apparent after an email scandal last December where Miss America officials denigrated winners’ intelligence, appearance and sex lives. This meant a change up in the leadership positions for Miss America Organisation bringing in more women (and now the pageant itself).

 

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