Former swimsuit winner disagrees with changes in Miss America pageant

Former swimsuit winner disagrees with changes in Miss America pageant
Source: WALB
On Tuesday, the Miss America Organization said it is dropping the swimsuit competition and changing the evening gown category. (Source: ABC)
On Tuesday, the Miss America Organization said it is dropping the swimsuit competition and changing the evening gown category. (Source: ABC)
Carly Mathis (Source: WALB)
Carly Mathis (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Miss America Organization made some big changes in its competition.

One South Georgian, who won the swimsuit competition in the Miss America Pageant, disagrees with the organization dropping that part of the pageant.

Carly Mathis won the preliminary swimsuit competition in the 2014 Miss America Pageant, finishing in the top ten.

On Tuesday, the Miss America Organization said it is dropping the swimsuit competition and changing the evening gown category.

Mathis said she does not agree with Tuesday's decision.

"Personally, competing in the Miss America Organization and having to compete in swimsuit was such an empowering thing for me," said Mathis. "I didn't grow up very thin. I had to work hard for the body that I had."

Miss America officials said they will no longer judge women on their outward physical appearance.

Mathis said that is taking away from showing that Miss America is a well-rounded person, who is both beautiful and smart.

"There is no reason Miss America can't have it all. I won swimsuit at Miss America, but I just graduated from law school and have a law degree. Those are not two mutually exclusive accomplishments," explained Mathis.

Miss America Organization officials said the changes will be seen in this year's broadcast on September 9.

Mathis interned at WALB News 10 on her way to a journalism degree from the University of Georgia. She recently graduated from Georgia's law school and will be taking the bar exam next month.

Tuesday night Mathis judged a pageant for the Miss Oklahoma Scholarship Organization.

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