Is Miss America right to get rid of the swimsuit competition?
via Getty Images

Is Miss America right to get rid of the swimsuit competition?

#SwimsuitsEmpower
#SwimsuitsObjectify
Join the conversation and vote below

Nia Franklin was crowned Miss America 2019, and she is happy she didn't have to wear a bikini to do it. The competition announced women no longer have to compete in bikinis, instead they will showcase their brain power during a "live interactive session" with the judges. Supporters love the new focus is mainly based on personality and talent. Others argue the changes aren't as progressive and empowering as some think. Is Miss America right to get rid of the swimsuit competition

THE VOTES ARE IN!
#SwimsuitsEmpower
56.5%
#SwimsuitsObjectify
43.5%

Gretchen Carlson is a former Miss America and the chair of the Board of Trustees of the Miss America Organization. She announced the new direction of the competition:

"We are now open, inclusive and transparent and I want to inspire thousands of young people across this country to come and be a part of our program," she said. "We want you and we want to celebrate your accomplishments and your talents and then we want to hand you scholarships." 

But not everyone is excited about the change in direction. 

The new Miss Amercia, Nia Franklin says she is happy she didn't have to wear a bikini to win.  She recently told reporters:

"These changes, I think, will be great for our organization," she said. "I've already seen so many young women reaching out to me personally as Miss New York asking how they can get involved because I think they feel more empowered that they don't have to do things such as walk in a swimsuit for a scholarship.
Share

More from The Tylt

Which folksinger is more iconic: Leonard Cohen or Joni Mitchell?
Which folksinger is more iconic: Leonard Cohen or Joni Mitchell?
Entertainment
Best 'Sex and the City' character: Miranda Hobbes or Samantha Jones?
Best 'Sex and the City' character: Miranda Hobbes or Samantha Jones?
Entertainment
Best 'Sex and the City' character: Carrie Bradshaw or Charlotte York?
Best 'Sex and the City' character: Carrie Bradshaw or Charlotte York?
Entertainment