The Miss America Organisation has decided it will no longer judge contestants by their looks. As a result of the latest development, the contestants will no longer be strutting down the stage wearing swimsuits. Last year, an email scandal in which former Miss America officials made fun of the previous title winners with regards to their intelligence, looks and sex lives, led to a change in management. Now, the group’s top three positions are held by women.
Twitterverse seems divided with the organisation’s decision of scrapping the swimsuit competition and focusing instead on personality and intellect. The hashtag #byebyebikini has invoked some fierce opinions.
“So if you don’t have to be attractive anymore, where’s Miss America heading? Interviews for potential UN ambassador position? (This isn’t a jab at Nicki Hailey, she’s lovely, just wondering what’s the point of the “pagent”?,” wrote one user.
Another user tweeted, “No more swimsuits in the Miss America Pagaent. Anybody else interpret this incorrectly?”
Some were happy about women were being noticed for what they say and do, rather than just their beauty.
— blabbsabbsabbs (@abby_wennick) June 6, 2018
Yay….The next edition of the Miss America pageant will scrap swimsuits and will be more inclusive to women of all sizes. #byebyebikini
— Judy Brumfield (@SC2MIAMI) June 5, 2018
It even garnered a bit of support from women who’ve been there, done that.
As a local titleholder, I’ve never been more proud to be involved in the Miss America Organization. I am no longer going to be judged on the way my body was naturally made. What a positive change. #byebyebikini
— Amanda Lewis (@AmandaLewis323) June 5, 2018
#byebyebikini. The @missamerica competition will no longer have a Swimsuit portion! 🙌 It’s a bold move for the @MissAmericaOrg to cut👙 after nearly 100 years, but I’m excited to see a new era of #MissAmerica with emphasis on scholarship, talent, and the inner beauty of women. pic.twitter.com/WXNO8sfbGJ
— Caroline Weinroth (@carofinew) June 5, 2018
But not everyone viewed the change positively.
— Live Cum Sluts 40.5K (@LiveCumSluts) June 5, 2018
— Tessa Dee (@TheTessaDee) June 5, 2018
— Kali Brooke Whitaker (@KaliBWhitaker) June 5, 2018
So, what’s your take on it?
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