Miss America says, bye bye bikinis!

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it’s not about what’s on the outside but it’s how one is from the inside, growing up hearing so many of these ‘quotes,’ but let us be honest, in this world what’s on the surface matters the MOST.

The first impression is the last impression is not said for nothing.

All these contests, pageants, judging someone overall especially on their appearance obviously lead to many girls with a low self-esteem.

However, it seems like things are about to change. The 97-year-old Miss America pageant will no longer hold its swimsuit or evening gown portion. In place of floor-length sequins and bikinis (once they were allowed in 1997, contestants have largely worn two-pieces), the contestants will instead take part in a “live interactive session with the judges” where they will be asked to “demonstrate their passion, intelligence, and overall understanding of the job of Miss America.”

Carlson, who is the TV host, former Miss World and also chair of the board of Miss America Organization said, “We are no longer a pageant, we are a competition.”

Upon inquiring what made them change their old ways, the former Miss World shares, “We heard from a lot of young women who say, ‘We’d love to be a part of your program, but we don’t want to be out there in high heels and a swimsuit,’ so guess what, you don’t have to do that anymore.” “Who doesn’t want to be empowered, learn leadership skills, and pay for college and be able to show the world who you are as a person from the inside of your soul? That’s what we’re judging them on now.”

This decision has been appreciated and praised by the majority, however, some have a different say to this. Few believe that the event still needs to make a greater effort to become more inclusive and diverse by featuring women with a greater variety of body shapes and sizes.

But hey at least for us desis now we can watch the Miss. World competition with our families without any awkwardness!


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