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Changes coming to Miss America pageant discussed on ABC7 at 7

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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Last week the Miss America Organization announced they will no longer have a swimsuit competition.

The change comes amid new leadership following a sexual harassment scandal.

You can read more about Miss America's new leadership here.

Sparked by the #MeToo movement that scandal began when the Huffington Post published leaked emails showing pageant officials ridiculing past Miss Americas, including crass and sometimes vulgar comments about them. The emails included one that used a vulgar term for female genitalia to refer to past Miss America winners, one that wished that a particular former Miss America had died and others that speculated about how many sex partners one former Miss America has had.

That scandal prompting the resignation of CEO Sam Haskell and others.

You can read more about that scandal here.

Back in March, 9 new members of the Board of Directors, 7 of which are women approved the change of a no swimsuit competition in the organization.

Joining ABC7 at 7 Thursday is ABC7's very own Linda Carson, who was the runner up in the Miss Georgia Pageant in 1961. Dana Dalton, a pageant judge who crowned Miss Florida in 1990 and competed in the Miss America pageant. And Marianne Carson, Mrs. International, a pageant coach and the mother of Miss Florida 2002.

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