Yesterday, the Miss America Organization announced that the competition will no longer have a swimsuit portion and will strive to be more inclusive of women of all sizes.
Miss America 2018 Cara Mund tweeted this earlier today:
And Gretchen Carlson, chairman of the Miss America board of directors, announced the change this morning in an appearance on Good Morning America.
"We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance. That's huge," she said.
Instead, the contestants will participate in an interactive portion with the judges, "where she will highlight her achievements and goals in life and how she will use her talents, passion, and ambition to perform the job of Miss America," the organization said in a press release.
The event will no longer be called a "pageant." It will strictly be referred to as a competition, and the organization is also revamping the evening gown portion. Now, contestants will be able to wear "whatever they want." While they answer questions, the women will have to talk about how they plan to further their social initiatives once crowned. The talent portion will stay the same.
Carlson, who was an anchor at Fox News before she famously spoke out against the sexual harassment she suffered at the hands of Roger Ailes—former Chairman and CEO of Fox—said the #MeToo movement is part of what inspired this long overdue change.
"We're experiencing a cultural revolution in our country with women finding the courage to stand up and have their voices heard on many issues,"she said in the statement. "Miss America is proud to evolve as an organization and join this empowerment movement."
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.