As someone who's been a leader in the fight against sexual misconduct, suing former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes who eventually resigned, Carlson said it's given her perspective on the competition's evolution.
The swimsuit portion will reportedly be replaced by a live segment focusing on contestants' character and skills. The evening gown competition getting a major overhaul as well.
Instead of strutting their stuff in a swimsuit or evening gown, hopeful winners will be asked to wear what makes them feel confident, expresses their personal style and shows how they hope to advance the role of Miss America, ABC News reports.
"It's going to be what comes out of their mouth that we're interested in, when they talk about their social impact initiatives", she said of the contestants from all 50 U.S. states.
The changes mean the end of the swimsuit competition for the 51 women who compete for the title of Miss America in a pageant to be telecast September 9 on ABC.
In the post "me too" era, more and more institutions are looking to better empower and protect women.
"I grew and developed so much in that area, by the time I hit the Miss America stage, I was so proud of my accomplishments", she said. "We will no longer judge candidates on their outward physical appearance", she declared.
Mueller's prosecutors said in court filings on Monday that Manafort had been in touch with two officials of the PR group directly and through a long-time associate who represented him in Ukraine and who has alleged links to Russian intelligence.
Miss America-the first modern beauty pageant-will no longer be about, ahem, beauty. That's straightforward. But the aim of Miss America is now more ambiguous, something that's evident in the event's few vague requirements, which state that each contestant must be: a woman, a US citizen, single and never married, and "of good moral character". She hopes that the changes will help the pageant resonate more with young people, and include women "of all shapes and sizes".
Miss America's former executive director Sam Haskell, president Josh Randle, and other board members resigned over a scandal previous year over vulgar emails disparaging contestants.
Leanza Cornett, Miss America 1993, supports the change.