ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Miss America Pageant will no longer have a swimsuit portion in its competition.
The chair of the board of directors announced the decision on Tuesday.
In place of the swimsuit portion will be a session between contestants and judges.
WALB's Marilyn Parker sat down with former Miss Albany, Reedi Hawkins, and discussed her feelings on the changes.
"I will say that one of the problems I have with the removal of the competition is honestly that it suggests that women's intellect and physicality can't be mutually celebrated, and even worse, that they're mutually compromising, which I'm not OK with. I think that it's completely fine to appreciate a woman as intelligent, and also beautiful and physically fit and confident in all of those realms."
The organization is also removing its evening gown competition.
The 2019 Miss America Competition is scheduled for September 9.