The Competition Evolves
The Miss America Competition has a 98-year history of looking ahead! Miss America was the first competition to offer a talent category and soon after scholarship awards for young women to be able to go to college and further their education.
Miss America has evolved in society as women in society have evolved. This past year, candidates were no longer judged on outward appearance. That meant the elimination of the swimsuit competition and additional time and focus on the candidates’ voices to be heard more often.
Throughout the competition and in interviews, candidates had additional opportunities to advocate for their social impact initiatives and to demonstrate how they are uniquely qualified for the exciting and challenging 365-day job of being Miss America.
The organization stands for empowering young women across the country to be the best they can be through leadership, talent, communication skills and smarts.
Preparing for the stage…
So much happens behind the scenes. Candidates engage in an exciting range of leadership activities that include executive and communications workshops, branding and media coaching. These women join an incredible network of former winners who are leaders and mentors in every field—from government to medicine, business to the military, journalism and education to the arts. It’s an exciting time. And the bonds created between candidates lead to lifelong friendships.