No Swimsuit Round In Miss America Pageant! #ByeByeBikini Say Tweeps

Quick question. What’s a beauty pageant without a swimsuit round?

A beauty pageant.

Ya right, it took 97 years for the organisers of Miss America pageant to scrap off the swimsuit round, and even for that, they want to be applauded. It’s not for nothing that renowned feminist and social-political activist Gloria Steinem said – “The Miss America Pageant reinforces a belief that women are merely how they look and how they please”.

The board of directors said that they will not judge a woman based on their physical appearance. Earlier, the organisers defended the segment referring to it as “a measure of women’s physical fitness”.

Gretchen Carlson, the new chairperson of the Miss America Organization, said on ABC’s Good Morning America, “We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance. That’s huge. And that means we will no longer have a swimsuit competition.”

She further said, “We have 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. You’re welcome. Please come join us.”

Hearing the news, tweepies started reacting. While some were delighted, others said that without the round, Miss America would fail.

1. Not a bad move, after all

2. #ByeByeBikini

3. A few of them don’t believe in judging the beauty at all.

4. And some has opposite reaction

5. There is demand too

6. Not happy not all

7. Step that opens door for many

8. Some questions about beauty contests as well

9. Some are upset too

10. And an appreciation

Besides eliminating bikini round, the organization has also decided to bring some change in the “evening gown segment” of the contest. These changes will be implemented from this year’s contest, which has been scheduled for September 9.