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Miss Universe to have all-female judges for the first time

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The Miss Universe competition will have an all-female panel of judges for the first time in the pageant’s history.

The Miss Universe Organization announced Wednesday that its Dec. 16 competition will feature only female judges, including a United Nations goodwill ambassador, fashion designer, entrepreneurs and CEOs, some of whom are former titleholders themselves.

{mosads}The organization’s president, Paula Shugart, said in a statement that the new format will allow judges to better “get to know each of the contestants,” according to ABC news.

“Each committee member is an inspiring woman who reflects our commitment to improving opportunities for our titleholders personally and professionally year-round, and are role models to these young women who are our leaders of tomorrow,” Shugart said.

The competition will also feature model and positive body-image activist Ashley Graham as a behind-the-scenes host, according to ABC News.

The separate Miss America pageant has also undergone several changes this year, including nixing its swimsuit competition.

That pageant also appointed women to its top positions following an email scandal involving male leadership at the organization.

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