(ABC NEWS) – Goodbye beauty, hello brains – the Miss America pageant is getting a makeover.
Miss America has decided to cut its swimsuit competition, adding that it will no longer judge contestants based on their physical appearance.
“We are no longer a pageant,” Gretchen Carlson, the chair of the Board of Trustees for the Miss America Organization, said Tuesday morning on Good Morning America. “We are a competition.”
The sweeping changes to the competition come after the #MeToo movement and aim to help the organization be more inclusive and empowering for all women, ABC News reports.
Branding the competition on “Miss America 2.0,” Carlson hopes it will resonate with more young people.
Rather than strut their stuff, the women will be asked to provide their passion.
In a live session with the judges, the contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will be asked to demonstrate their passion, intelligence, and an overall understanding of the job of Miss America.