By Chase Hill / December 14, 2018

Miss Universe Pageant Shakes Things Up With All-Women Judging Panel

On the heels of the #MeToo movement, the pageant is making a change.

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Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Miss South Africa, crowned during the 2017 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on November 26, 2017, in Las Vegas.

The Miss Universe Pageant is making a big change this year. The mixed-gender panel of judges is being replaced by a panel comprised of all women — a first for the over 60-year-old organization.

“This new format will allow our selection committee to really get to know each of the contestants in the coming days,” Paula M. Shugart, president of The Miss Universe Organization, revealed 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.”

The panel of judges includes U.N. Goodwill Ambassador (and former Miss Universe) Bui Simon, entrepreneur Iman Oubou, and fashion designer Monique Lhuillier as well as CEO Richelle Singson-Michael from Platinum Skies Aviation.

Steve Harvey will return as the host along with model and activist Ashley Graham set to give us another glimpse of the backstage, behind-the-scenes excitement.

The Miss Universe Pageant will air from Bangkok, Thailand on December 16 on FOX.

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