New York: The Miss America Organisation has decided it will no longer judge contestants by their looks. As a result of the latest development, the contestants will no longer be strutting down the stage wearing swimsuits.
Twitterverse, however, was divided in their opinion. While some seemed genuinely impressed with the move, hailing the transformation as a revolution, others, not that much. Some seemed unhappy with the organisation's decision of scrapping the swimsuit competition and focusing instead on personality and intellect.
"So if you don't have to be attractive anymore, where's Miss America heading? Interviews for potential UN ambassador position? (This isn't a jab at Nicki Hailey, she's lovely, just wondering what's the point of the "pagent"?," wrote one user.
So if you don’t have to be attractive anymore, where’s Miss America heading? Interviews for potential UN ambassador position? (This isn’t a jab at Nicki Hailey, she’s lovely, just wondering what’s the point of the “pagent”? 🤔— Monica Anthony (@meanthony1) June 6, 2018
However, another user hailed the move as a positive thing to have had happened.
#byebyebikini. The @missamerica competition will no longer have a Swimsuit portion! 🙌 It’s a bold move for the @MissAmericaOrg to cut👙 after nearly 100 years, but I’m excited to see a new era of #MissAmerica with emphasis on scholarship, talent, and the inner beauty of women. pic.twitter.com/WXNO8sfbGJ— Caroline Weinroth (@carofinew) June 5, 2018
Kali Brooke Whitaker, however, felt that instead of changing the swimsuit round, one should change people's mentality.
Mark Kevin Steed poked a bit of harmless fun at the move,
Another user too highlighted the importance of the move,
For the peeps out there commenting that only physically unattractive or unhealthy people are happy about #byebyebikini, I call BS. No one should be paraded around in bikinis in a national competition that wants to be taken seriously. For people who like doing that, there are…— Jamie (@joieagent) June 5, 2018
Tessa Dee, voiced her opinion through a GIF,