Hopper said critics are unhappy that Miss America is eliminating the swimsuit competition, a staple of the pageant since it debuted in 1921. Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell said the decision to eliminate swimsuit was presented as a fait accompli. Opponents have said Miss America leaders have failed to say how much will be given out in scholarship money this year. Hopper told the AP that at least as much would be given out this year as last year: around $500,000 from the Miss America Organization and the Miss America Foundation. Hopper said state officials and former Miss Americas were given a voice in the future direction of Miss America but have confused that with veto power.
Source: ABC News August 08, 2018 04:19 UTC