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A Group of Past Miss America Winners Are Choosing the Org’s New CEO

Several former Miss Americas will have their say in the selection of a leadership for the Miss America Organization after several individuals in top positions recently resigned in disgrace.


The names of the Miss Americas who will participate in the process have not yet been released.

The organization currently has some gaping holes at the top of its management pyramid after its CEO and executive chairman Sam Haskell resigned amid an email scandal that also brought down board chair Lynn Weidner and COO and president Josh Randle, as well as another board member.

Almost 50 former Miss Americas called for the resignation of Haskell after emails surfaced describing the women as a pile of “malcontestants and has-beens who blame the program for not getting them where they think they can go.” Other figures in the organization referred to the women as “c*nts” and one email made a joke about wishing one contestant had died of cancer instead of another.

The organization’s interim board chairman, Dan Meyers, made it clear that MAO is hoping to turn over a new leaf as it searches for new top brass.

“The board wanted to have a process that was unprecedented in terms of openness, transparency, and inclusion,” Meyers said in a statement. “Given the turbulent nature of leadership transitions, asking all the stakeholders to be a part of this process was the best way.”

It’s nice to see the actual contestants being recognized as stakeholders in the patriarchal world of pageantry. It’s also refreshing to see men at the top getting called out for bad behavior, especially considering our country’s current president stands accused of sexual harassment while at the helm of the Miss Universe pageant.

What do you think of the pageant org’s move? Tell us @britandco!

(Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty)

Lia Grainger
Lia Grainger is a freelance journalist and reluctant nomad who divides her time between Canada and Spain, weather dependent. She's written for The Atlantic, Reader's Digest, the Toronto Star and other print and online publications, and her work appears in dozens of languages around the world.

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