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Miss America contestants will no longer traipse across the stage wearing swimsuits. That’s because the women will no longer be judged on their physical appearance, according to the organization that runs the national contest. The Miss America Organization announced its decision to scrap the swimsuit challenge in a statement yesterday morning. "This change in format signals the end of the swimsuit portion of the competition," the organization said. "In its place, each candidate will participate in a live interactive session with the judges, where she will highlight her achievements and goals in life and how she will use her talents, passion, and ambition to perform the job of Miss America." The organization said it also will alter its evening gown competition to "now give participants the freedom to outwardly express their self-confidence in evening attire of their choosing while discussing how they will advance their social impact initiatives." Gretchen Carlson (Miss America organization) appeared on "Good Morning America yesterday.