"We are no longer a pageant, we are a competition," Gretchen Carlson, the new Miss America board of directors chair, said this morning while announcing changes including the dropping of the swimsuit competition. As Mary Elizabeth Williams explains, Miss America's changes had to happen. "The pageant — I'm sorry, competition — had to change if it was to survive at all," she says. "Mired in scandal and its own outdatedness, a bold revamp was the only chance it had to endure. But Miss America now also runs a high risk of fake positivity, the kind of tut tutting that makes conventional looking people and their admirers feel benevolent. The close cousin of true diversity is always tokenism, and it'll be interesting to see the women who now come forward to compete, and how the judges assess them."