Miss America insiders torn over new board

BY SAMANTHA COSTANZO
Posted on NOV 20, 2018

Representatives from 22 state pageants have signed a petition asking the new Miss America board.

Former winners and current state pageant officials at the Miss America competition are split over recent changes to the program,USA TODAY reported.

Representatives from 22 state pageants have signed a petition asking the new Miss America board, which was installed after an email scandal in 2017 and includes Chairwoman Gretchen Carlson, to resign from their positions.
The petition cited a lack of transparency and adherence to best practices as reasons for the request.

However, 30 former Miss America winners expressed their full support of the board in a separate letter.

In December 2017, emails between CEO Sam Haskell and other board members mocking winners' intelligence, looks, and sex lives were made public. Haskell and the board members resigned shortly after.

New board members elected to remove the swimsuit competition from the program and allow contestants to wear something other than an evening gown for the evening wear portion of the show. The talent competition will remain the same.

"Things have begun to unravel," said Suzette Charles, Miss America 1984. "There's been a lot of dismay with Carlson's leadership. We thought she would regard this program with reverence and keep this tradition alive."

CEO Regina Hopper responded to the concerns, saying that while change might be difficult for some, the changes were made to provide a "revitalized program dedicated to providing scholarships and opportunities to all young women.

 

 

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