The Miss American beauty pageant has chosen a former winner as its chairperson for the first time after a scandal over leaked emails.
Former Fox News Channel anchor and 1989 Miss America Gretchen Carlson was named chairwomen of the Miss America Organization’s board of directors Monday, and three other past pagent winners will join her on the board.
Her appointment, announced in a statement on Monday, came just over a week after the resignation of the pageant’s under-fire CEO Sam Haskell, who had written some of the emails that contained misogynistic, fat and slut-shaming language.
“Honoured to move this iconic program forward with so many amazing volunteers,” the 21-year-old Carlson, who won the competition in 1989, wrote on Twitter.
In a statement announcing her appointment as chairperson, the organization said: “Most previously serving directors have resigned from the Board”.
commenting on the public scandal in an official press release, Ms. Carlson Said: Everyone has been stunned by the events of the last several days, and this has not been easy for anyone who loves this program.
“In the end, we all want a strong, relevant Miss America and we appreciate the existing board taking the steps necessary to quickly begin the organization for the future.”
Source: BBC News