FILE PHOTO: Miss Texas 2017 Margana Wood participates in Swimsuit challenge during the 2018 Miss America Competition Show at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)
Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
The Miss America Organization said early Tuesday that the contest is trading its swimsuit competition for “a live interactive session with the judges” in which participants must “demonstrate their passion, intelligence and overall understanding of the job of Miss America,” ABC News reported.
“We are no longer a pageant; we are a competition,” Gretchen Carlson, who chairs the Miss America Organization’s Board of Trustees, told “Good Morning America” on Tuesday morning.
The current Miss America, Cara Mund, tweeted soon afterward: “We’re changing out of our swimsuits and into a whole new era.” She added the hashtags #byebyebikini and #MissAmerica2019.