What to Know
- Cara Mund, reigning Miss America, supports the decision to drop the swimsuit competition.
- Mund says Miss America is about scholarship opportunities for young women and not displaying their bodies.
- Head of the Organization Board Gretchen Carlson says each contestant will now talk to judges about their achievements and goals.
The reigning Miss America, Cara Mund, supports the decision of the Miss America Organization to drop the swimsuit competition, starting in September.
Mund says she has not had to wear a swimsuit once during her nine months as Miss America.
She says Miss America is about scholarship opportunities for young women and they shouldn't have to show off their bodies in swimwear to get college help.
The decision to drop the competition was made yesterday by former Miss America and the head of the organizations board, Gretchen Carlson.
Carlson said the competition will no longer judge women on their appearance and each contestant will interact with the judge to highlight her achievements and goals in life.