Miss America Ends Swimsuit and Evening Wear Competition

"We are no longer a pageant," the organization announced.
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The competition, which dates back almost a century, has had a bit of an identity crisis in recent years. Some critics called the swimsuit and evening gown competitions outdated. Additionally, some of the organization's previous leaders came under fire late last year for comments they had made about some of the titleholders.

The 2019 competition will air live from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Sept. 9 on ABC.