So this brings up the conversation as to whether viewers are pleased with this move? Is Miss America a "beauty pageant" or "talent show" or a "philanthropic" initiative? If it is a "beauty pageant" should contestants be ashamed of their bodies? Is it wrong to see a woman in a bathing suit? The pageant is based in a "seaside" city with beach-goers right outside boardwalk hall hitting the beach and yes wearing swimsuits.