The Miss America organisation has introduced a new era of a beauty pageant scrapping the swimsuit round from the 2019 edition of the competition. The organisers made this announcement on Tuesday.

Gretchen Carlson, chairwoman of the Miss America board of directors, announced they would no longer be judging the contestants on their outward appearance. After last year’s controversy involving a former Miss America mocking the contestants for their appearance and intelligence, this major change was made this year.

The news was shared on the official Twitter page of the pageant along with a short video clip. The video showing a white bikini set go puff in the air has been trending on social media with the hashtag #byebyebikini. The tweet read, “We’re changing out of our swimsuits and into a whole new era #byebyebikini #MissAmerica2019.”

However, Tweeple are divided over the decision, where some people see it as an empowering initiative, others are just sad they wouldn’t witness models parading in bikinis anymore. Check out the reactions of people on social media.