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Virginia biochemist Camille Schrier is crowned Miss America

(Courtesy: @MissAmericaVA)

24-year old biochemist from Virginia hopes to break stereotypes about what it means to be Miss America in 2020

Candidates are no longer judged in a swimsuit or on how they look in an evening gown

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Camille Schrier, a biochemist from Virginia, says she hopes to “break stereotypes” about what it means to be Miss America in 2020.

The 24-year-old wowed the crowd at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, with a science experiment, a first for a Miss America winner.

She wins a $50,000 scholarship. Schrier’s victory comes as the 99-year-old contest tries to change its image and focus on women’s accomplishments and not appearance.

The swimsuit competition is gone and candidates compete for the “job” of Miss America and scholarships. Organizers say the changes have encouraged more young women to participate.