"It's what comes out of their mouths that we care about", Carlson said.
In the statement announcing the new leaders, Miss America said the all-female team signaled a new era for the organization, best known for its widely televised pageants. Part of the tradition of why we were here in Atlantic City was that it started as a bathing beauty competition.
Contestants from all 50 U.S. states are to be judged on what they say rather than how they look in future competitions.
Miss Texas Margana Wood reacts after advancing from the swimsuit component of the Miss America competition in Atlantic City.
But conservative middle-aged men are the most easily trolled people on the internet, and so most responses were making fun of them while praising Miss America 2.0.
The changes will take effect with this year's broadcast on September 9 from Atlantic City, N.J.
The Miss America Organization has made a crucial amendment to their annual pageant, as they will no longer judge a candidate based on their physical appearance. And, of course, inner beauty: Contestants will "be able to show the world who you are as a person from the inside of your soul", said Carlson. Tell us in the comments now. Miss America was crowned but a runner-up received the top swimsuit trophy.
Hagan, whose appearance was vulgarly criticized in emails by former CEO Sam Haskell and former president Josh Randle, said she was pleased with the changes.
Officials hope the changes will make Miss America more inclusive and empowering for women.
"Miss America is ending the swimsuit part of the competition this year and judging not on outward appearance but on talent and what the contestants have to say".
The evening gown section is also being axed, with contestants asked to wear something that makes them feel good and expresses their personal style instead.
According to Carlson, the organization wants to be "open, transparent, [and] inclusive to women who may not have felt comfortable participating in [its] program before".
"Thousands of women have been inspired to know that they can stand up and speak up and their voices will be heard", Carlson said.