Miss Indiana Pageant to take guidance from Miss America changes

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New Miss America Cara Mund poses for a photo with contestants during Miss America 2018 pageant, Sunday, Sept.10, 2017, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/ Noah K. Murray)

Some major changes are coming to the Miss America Organization, and it will most likely trickle down to the local-level pageants. The Organization announced it will do away with the swimsuit competition. That change will take place at the Miss America Competition in September, but the Miss Indiana Pageant this month will not see those changes.

Marni Lemons with Miss Indiana said the organization is waiting for guidance from the Miss America Organization about how the pageants will look in the future. Lemons said the pageant, which begins on June 13 in Zionsville, will go on as normal. However, she expects future state and local pageants to adopt the changes.

There will also be some changes to the Miss America evening gown portion of the program. Organizers said the competition will not be based on a contestant’s looks.

Lemons said she’s excited about these changes, and hopes the program becomes more inclusive of all women. While Miss Indiana has not received guidance or instructions from the Miss America Organization following the announcement, Lemons expect those soon.

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