The Miss America Organization has hired three women for leadership positions in an effort to convince the public that it cares about its contestants.
Regina Hopper, attorney, journalist, and former Miss Arkansas, has been named president and CEO and Marjorie Vincent-Tripp, assistant attorney general in Florida and 1991's Miss America, will be chairwoman of the board of the Miss America Foundation. In January, Gretchen Carlson, former Fox News Anchor and 1989's Miss America, was named chairwoman of the pageant’s board of directors.
“By putting female leadership in place, we hope to send a strong signal. We want young women to see Miss America as a place where they can come and benefit and be empowered,” said Hopper to the Associated Press.
The appointments follow the ouster of former CEO Sam Haskell, who was found in emails to have called contestants “fat and gross,” wished for their deaths, and laughed when someone described them as cunts.
Haskell resigned in December after being suspended. In a statement released at the time he said, “Much of what was reported is dishonest, deceptive, and despicable. The material is based on private emails that were stolen three years ago by ex-employees. The story is so unkind and untrue, and hurts me, my family, and the stewardship of this non-profit.”
So, in celebrating this new phase of leadership for the Miss America Organization, I would ask we remember the men that were hurt. I’m kidding!!! Fuck that guy!!!