Miss America eliminates swimsuits, won't judge on looks

  1. Miss America 218 pageant won't have swimsuit competition, Gretchen Carlson announces today - CBS News

    The Miss America Organization is dropping the swimsuit competition from its nationally televised broadcast, saying it will no longer judge contestants on their appearance. The competition began nearly 100 years ago in Atlantic City, New Jersey, as a bathing beauty contest designed to keep tourists coming to the seaside resort in the weekend after Labor Day. But it has run into resistance ...
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  3. by   elkpark
    They need to just abandon the pageant entirely. If it's going to be primarily a scholarship competition, what's the point of televising it? And who really cares, anyway? It's an idea that has outlived its usefulness and relevance. There are tons of competitive scholarship programs "out there" that don't have television shows.
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  5. by   imintrouble
    When I see a 250 lb woman wearing glasses win, I'll believe it's no longer about looks.
    I'm a cynic. It's always about looks.
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  6. by   chare
    Quote from imintrouble
    When I see a 250 lb woman wearing glasses win, I'll believe it's no longer about looks.
    I'm a cynic. It's always about looks.
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    While I'm not a fan of any of these pageants, and have never watched one, I think you're analysis is likely spot on.
  7. by   SC_RNDude
    Quote from imintrouble
    When I see a 250 lb woman wearing glasses win, I'll believe it's no longer about looks.
    I'm a cynic. It's always about looks.
    .
    Exactly!
  8. by   BCgradnurse
    Quote from imintrouble
    When I see a 250 lb woman wearing glasses win, I'll believe it's no longer about looks.
    I'm a cynic. It's always about looks.
    .
    Agreed. Why not just do away with this type of thing altogether.
  9. by   FranEMTnurse
    Well, I'm at least very glad that they are doing away with the swimsuits. Now if they only would lengthen the skirts about 4 inches, they wouldn't look so SEXY! I KNOW SEX SELLS, and I believe that is why these beauty pagents are held every year. I do NOT believe I am wrong. I got disgusted with tham several years ago, and don't think they are even worth watching anymore.
  10. by   herring_RN
    I have fond memories of watching Miss Universe with my grandparents and neighborhood kids. It was 1957.
    The week before we had been at the county fair where some of our chickens had won ribbons.

    Miss Sweden posed with other contestants in her bathing suit and high heels. she was more slender than the other contestants so with feet and knees together her thighs din't touch.
    My grandfather said, "She has an air hole."
    Then Miss Venezuela posed with her hips raised. Unlike Miss USA she wore heavy make up and was quite voluptuous. He said, "Stamp Grade 'A' on that one.
    He remarked on all the women as though they were animals being judged at the county fair.
    We kids laughed and laughed.

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