(WKOW) — Miss America is getting rid of the swimsuit portion of the competition for the first time in its history.
The news was announced by the organization Tuesday morning on ABC’s Good Morning America.
McKenna Collins currently holds the crown as Miss Wisconsin and was initially disappointed with the news.
"While I understand both sides of the argument, I feel the change forces women to choose between having brains and being beautiful," Collins said.
Through her personal experience, Collins feels a great sense of beauty when she walks across the stage in a swimsuit.
"There is something about working so hard for months and preparing in leading up to the moment of being on stage. Walking across the stage in a swimsuit is the most liberating feeling."
With the new format in place, Collins believes it is going to take some getting used to.
"We don’t really know what it is going to be like until it actually happens. I think a lot of people will tune into this year’s competition just to see how things play out."
Not only will the pageant not feature the swimsuit competition, but Miss America is also getting rid of the evening gown portion of the event.
The next Miss America will pageant will take place on September 9th, 2018.