Miss Teen USA has announced the end of bikinis in the pageant’s swimsuit competition, replacing them with fitnesswear known as “athleisure.”
The transition to athletic wear is part of an effort by the Miss Universe Organization, which owns Miss Teen USA, to modernize beauty pageants, USA Today reported.
Breaking the mold of the traditional pageant girl have been contestants like Miss Missouri Erin O’Flaherty, competing as Miss America’s first openly gay contestant this year, and 2016’s Miss USA, Army officer Deshauna Barber, Miss District of Columbia.
Exclusive: Miss Teen USA to eliminate swimsuit competition for activewear https://t.co/TNkbh3vdCU
— Billie Whitehouse (@BillieWhouse) June 30, 2016
“This decision reflects an important cultural shift we’re all celebrating that empowers women who lead active, purposeful lives and encourage those in their communities to do the same,” Miss Universe president Paula Shugart wrote in a memo . “Our hope is that this decision will help all of Miss Teen USA’s fans recognize these young women for the strong, inspiring individuals they are.”
The 51 young women, aged 15 -19, will be judged in the new athletic wear competition in the upcoming pageant in Las Vegas on July 30.
The decision was met with mixed reactions as some celebrated the move as one that was long overdue.
“This new direction for Miss Teen USA is a great way to celebrate the active lives that so many young women lead and set a strong example for our peers.” said Katherine Haik, the reigning Miss Teen USA, according to USA Today.
YES! In a major step, Miss Teen USA gets rid of its swimsuit competition https://t.co/J3Wo4JJXlH
— Ellen Oh (@ElloEllenOh) June 30, 2016
Miss Teen USA wants to change the swimsuit portion of the competition to athletic wear, and I couldn’t be more supportive! ?
— Janki Patel (@princessjanki) June 29, 2016
@BuzzFeedNews interesting change
— M U N G C O L O S I (@MuNgcolosi) June 30, 2016
Finally they’ll be asked to showcase their athleticism in something they might actually wear while being active. https://t.co/JvD5odpk3G
— Total Sorority Move (@totalsratmove) June 29, 2016
Others thought the organization was bowing to political correctness.
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Miss Teen USA goes sharia-compliant https://t.co/JJV4EG1qxS
— Milo ✘ (@Nero) June 29, 2016
lol shout out to the Miss Teen USA pageant, which is fighting back against objectification by objectifying teens! pic.twitter.com/d7U0MY1z7Y
— Andrea Grimes (@andreagrimes) June 30, 2016
Miss Teen USA is eliminating their swim suit portion of the contest which should make judges and viewers feel less creepy.
— Joe Machi (@joemachi) June 30, 2016
OR…and I’m just spitballing here…you dump the whole awful thing: “Miss Teen USA Pageant Dumps the Swimsuit: https://t.co/VUDvSiE2gH
— Timothy Omundson (@Omundson) June 30, 2016
Sorry, but I’m not comfortable with my child sharing a bathroom with anyone upset about Miss Teen USA eliminating its swimsuit competition.
— OhNoSheTwitnt (@OhNoSheTwitnt) June 29, 2016
That Miss Teen USA still had a swimsuit competition is all you need to know about how gross we still were as of yesterday.
— Caissie St.Onge (@Caissie) June 29, 2016
Miss Teen USA ended its swimsuit competition, claiming a more “modern approach.” Hey, want to be real modern? Don’t be a beauty pageant.
— Keating Thomas (@keatingthomas) June 29, 2016
@CNN so stupid. Thanks PC creeps.
— Jack (@JackLogans2016) June 29, 2016
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