Former Miss America becomes chairwoman of the organization

Former Fox News anchor and 1989 Miss America Gretchen Carlson was named chairwoman of the Miss America Organization’s board of directors Monday.

Three other past pageant winners will join her on the board as well.

Gretchen got the position just two weeks after leaked emails surfaced showing CEO Sam Haskell and other derogatory remarks about the appearance, intellect, and sex lives of former Miss Americas.

The emails of the remarks were published last month by the Huffington Post.

One email used a vulgar term for female genitalia to refer to past Miss America winners, another included a wish that a particular former Miss America had died and others speculated about the number of sex partners former Miss America Mallory Hagan has had.

Haskell resigned Dec. 23, along with two other top leaders.

Gretchen took to Twitter to share the news.

According to the Associated Press, the selection of Carlson marks the first time a former pageant winner has served as the leader of the nearly 100-year-old organization.

The organization also announced the appointments of three other past Miss Americas: 2012 winner Laura Kaeppeler Fleiss, 2000 winner Heather French Henry and Kate Shindle, who won in 1998 and now serves as president of the Actors’ Equity Association. Their appointments take effect immediately, as well as Carlson’s.

Close friend Maureen Walsh, posted on twitter to show her support and excitement.

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