Miss America to End Swimwear Competition
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Officials with the Miss America Organization say the pageant is ending its swimwear part of the competition.
The head of the organization, Gretchen Carlson, announced the change Tuesday. She said the event will no longer judge competitors on their appearance but on "what makes you you."
The pageant began in the seaside town of Atlantic City, New Jersey almost 100 years ago.
In recent years, women's groups and others have criticized the pageant. They say making the competitors wear swimsuits is outdated and sexist.
Tuesday's announcement came after leadership changes within the Miss America Organization. The changes followed reports last December that Miss America officials had criticized winners' intelligence, appearance and sex lives. The comments appeared in emails that were made public.
Women now hold the top three positions at the organization.
Carlson said the organization heard from former Miss America competitors who told them they do not "want to be out there" in swimsuits.
"Guess what? You don't have to anymore," Carlson said Tuesday on the television program Good Morning America.
In place of the swimsuit competition, competitors will take part in a meeting with the judges. Each woman will discuss her life goals and how she will use her own skills to "perform the job of Miss America," the organization said in a statement.
Carlson said, "It's what comes out of their mouths that we care about."
Leanza Cornett won Miss America in 1993. She supported the dropping of the swimsuit competition.
She said, "In the climate of #MeToo, I think it's a really wise decision. We're living in a different era now, and when we move forward for the empowerment of women, we will be taken much more seriously, and I think that's huge."
The changes will start with this year's national competition in September.
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1.no longer 不再
They no longer had him as a friend.
2.care about 关心
They were tuned in to their own needs and didn't care about the feelings of other people.
3.leadership changes 领导层变动
She explained that the government has grown increasingly adept at dealing with leadership changes and public protests.
4.In place of 代替
Cooked kidney beans can be used in place of French beans.
5.We're living in a different era now, and when we move forward for the empowerment of women, we will be taken much more seriously, and I think that's huge."
move forward 前进
We are in full agreement about how to move forward.
However, the direction to move forward is clear and firm.
6.In place of the swimsuit competition, competitors will take part in a meeting with the judges.
take part in 参加
Cadres have gone down to different grass-roots units to take part in manual labour.
They returned to take part in the season's opening game.
周二，该组织的负责人格雷琴·卡尔森（Gretchen Carlson）宣布了这一改变。她说, 选拔的标准将不再重点关注选手的外貌，而是放眼于其综合素质 。
近年来, 女性团体和其他一些组织批评了这一比赛盛事。他们表示, 让选手身着泳装过于老套且涉嫌性别歧视 。
周二的这份声明是在美国小姐选美组织内部领导层发生变动后宣布的。在此之前，去年12月份有报告称, 美国小姐选美组织官员就获胜者的才智、外貌和私生活不检点提出了指责 。这些评论出现在公开的邮件中 。
1993年，莱安扎·科内特（Leanza Cornett）摘得美国小姐桂冠。她支持取消泳装展示的环节 。