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Changes coming to the Miss America Pageant

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Tammy Partridge owns Mia Bella Prom in Flowood. Source: WLBT Tammy Partridge owns Mia Bella Prom in Flowood. Source: WLBT
VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Miss America organization announced Tuesday the competition will no longer have the swimsuit or evening gown portions of the program.

The group called the initiative "Miss America 2.0", saying it will no longer judge on outward physical appearance. 

Tammy Patridge owns Mia Bella Prom in Flowood. The go-to store for evening gowns. 

"Our initial reaction of course when I was speaking to you was the fact that you do get disappointed that you're going to lose that aspect," Patridge said.

One of the changes being made to the contest is the evening gown. Instead of wearing gowns, contestants will be asked to wear attire that makes them feel confident and expresses their personal style. 

"A wonderful evening gown. At the end it's self expression who you are," Patridge said. "But If you are going to be more confident in a pant suit, you know why not come on out in a pant suit."

The other big change is the swimsuit portion of the competition.

"Swimsuit is not about having the perfect physic, it's about having the perfect confidence and accepting who you are," Patridge said.

Miss America contestants will now take part in a live interactive session with the judges, according to the organization.

"It's going to be more about fitness to show that you have a healthy lifestyle and are healthy," Patridge said.

In two weeks, 49 young women will be at the Vicksburg Convention Center competing for the title of Miss Mississippi. The winner will go on to represent that state in the Miss America Contest.

When asked about the changes, David Blackridge, the director of the Miss Mississippi Pageant, said that all different types of competitions change over time and people have to adjust as time goes on.

Based on their contract with the franchise, the Miss Mississippi Pageant will be following suit and making changes next year.

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