After decades of public debate and in the wake of the #MeToo movement, Miss America enters a new era today with the elimination of both the swimsuit and evening gown components of the long-running event. "We are no longer a pageant," said Gretchen Carlson, the chair of the Board of Trustees for the Miss America Organization. "We are a competition." In 1921, Atlantic City businessmen established the "bathing beauty" contest, hoping to extend the resort city’s summer tourism season. Over the years, the competition has evolved to become more inclusive and progressive. Here, a look back at other Miss America milestones.Hulton Archive/Getty Images MARGARET GORMAN, 1921 Hulton Archive/Getty Images NORMA SMALLWOOD, 1926 Alfred Eisenstaedt/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images BESS MYERSON, 1945 Bettmann/Bettmann Archive VANESSA WILLIAMS, 1983 TOM MIHALEK/AFP/Getty Images ANGELA PEREZ BARAQUIO, 2001 Donald Kravitz/Getty Images NICOLE KELLY, 2013 Donald Kravitz/Getty Images NINA DAVULURI, 2014
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