There She Is, Miss America 2.0


Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website

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  1. Avatar Vikram Bath says:

    “We are not going to judge you on your outward appearance,”

    This is a much stronger statement than what is implied by just getting rid of the swimsuit competition. I haven’t seen a competition in twenty years, but from what I remember it wasn’t solely the swimsuits that focused attention on appearance. It was baked into everything.

    If they really are only nixing the swimsuits, I wonder if this leaves them stuck in the middle. If they get rid of swimsuits, they lose some portion of the audience interested in…certain things. If they don’t add other bits to keep interest and truly challenge contests, they may not pick up new viewers.Report

  2. Avatar Em Carpenter says:

    If appearance was not actually going to be a part of it anymore, seems to me that submitting a curriculum vitae would be all that was necessary. Maybe a phone interview to make sure the person is articulate.

    It will come as no surprise that this liberal feminist generally applauds their decision.Report

  3. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Now we need to get rid of Ms Universe swimsuits.Report

  4. Avatar Road Scholar says:

    Despite my general disinterest in this stuff I’m sorta curious how this will turn out. Will the next batch of contestants be 50 talented but overall average-looking women? Or will they.somehow — purely coincidentally! — all range from way-above-average to drop-dead gorgeous?Report

    • The later. What little I know about these things, the women in them are for the most part exceptionally bright and talented so I assume they want to showcase that beyond the inane “world peace” questions. But they will still be beautiful.Report

  5. Avatar Kolohe says:

    Alternative competitions
    1) change a flat tire on a full size SUV
    2) recite the first 16 lines of the Canterbury Tales prologue in Middle English
    3) perform a volumetric nitrate titration to determine a solution’s molarity.
    4) start a fire with flint and steel (note: only if CBS has the TV rights)
    5) obtain the best starting position in a Risk game
    6) determine the best wine to be paired with each course of a 5 course meal.
    7) chop an 1/8 cord of firewood
    8) tack up a horse for an overnight ride
    9) disassemble and reassemble an M-16.
    10) win at 6 degrees of Kevin BaconReport

    • Avatar Maribou in reply to Kolohe says:

      @kolohe If I am ever in a position to give someone free rein to produce a reality show, you just moved yourself to the front of the line.Report

      • fillyjonk fillyjonk in reply to Maribou says:


        I heard this on the radio and was all “Oh, so they’re turning it into a reality show.” I wonder if they looked at viewer demographics and this change isn’t as driven by “enlightenment” as it is by “the people who are still watching this sort of thing on TV are less interested in bikinis and more interested in the ‘drama’ a staged-reality-competition can generate”Report