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GRETCHEN CARLSON said, quote "Miss America Will NO LONGER A PAGEANT, we are a Competition"!

GRETCHEN CARLSON was recently elected chairwoman of the "Miss America" organization and she's coming in making MAJOR changes!

Yesterday, on  "Good Morning America" Gretchen announced that they're eliminating the 'swimsuit competition and even more surprising news, the pageant will no longer judge on LOOKS!

She said, quote, "We're not going to judge you on your [outward physical] appearance because we are interested in what makes you YOU."

She said they're also going to be "revamping" the evening gown portion and emphasized that the women will be able to wear whatever they choose.

Gretchen said that she's NOT concerned that the ratings might go down . . . because the swimsuit portion did not get great ratings!

With that being said, ANYONE now can be Miss America!

This year's "Miss America" is on September 9th.

Gretchen is a former winner.  She won in 1988 as Miss Minnesota.


(Here's video of Gretchen talking about it.)