“I don’t think Miss America will ever do away with the swimsuit competition. It’s something that we love to show — how physically fit our contestants are. It’s part of the tradition of the organization.”
Sam Haskell in 2016, speaking as Executive Chairman of Miss America. It was later learned Haskell had sent vulgar emails to other members of the Miss America staff.
“The confidence booster was huge! I used to be super shy before I found the Miss America organization. And just being on a stage in your swimsuit, there is no better way to gain self-confidence.”
Kendall Bautista, Miss Alaska 2016
Miss America 2017 contestant, Miss Maryland, Hannah Brewer
Miss America is scrapping its swimsuit competition and will no longer judge contestants based on their looks, the organization announced today.
Today’s read is from Piers Morgan. Love his bluntness.
Miss America’s decision today is absolutely ridiculous, and will be an inevitable ratings disaster.
I’m afraid the harsh reality is that nobody’s going to watch a beauty pageant to see an assortment of ugly, 250lb contestants giving their views on world peace. Period.
You can read the entire column here.