The Miss America contest is not a beauty pageant, it is a scholarship competition, the organizers say.
Apparently, somebody forgot to tell the entrants. The most controversial part of the pageant, the swimsuit competition, is just fine with them. In a poll released yesterday, 42 of the 50 Miss America contestants said they did not have a problem with waltzing around in public in swimwear.
"Considering the current trends toward health and fitness, I think the swimsuit competition is more relevant than ever," wrote Paula Knoll, Miss Minnesota.