The Miss America pageant announced this week plans to drop the swimsuit and evening gown portions of the competition and stop judging contestants on their looks. Conservative commentator Gretchen Carlson, one of the unsung heroes of the #MeToo movement, championed the change as the new head of the organization’s board of trustees. “We’re not going to judge you on your appearance because we are interested in what makes you you,” Carlson, a former Miss America, said Tuesday on ABC’s Good Morning America. —L.L.
Kate Spade, designer of popular purses and colorful apparel, died this week of an apparent suicide. She was 55. The Kansas City, Mo., native put function before form and fun before trend. She launched her company in 1993 after leaving her job as an accessories editor at Mademoiselle magazine. She started with six shapes of handbags she said every working woman should have and from there grew into a global brand known for accessibility and affordability. Upon news of her death, celebrities recounted memories of their first Spade bags on Twitter. “My grandmother gave me my first Kate Spade bag when I was in college,” Chelsea Clinton wrote. “I still have it.” Jenna Bush Hager wrote. “I will never forget the first Kate Spade bag I got for Christmas in college.” —Lynde Langdon