Miss Teen USA is making a swimsuit change–and it’s definitely raising eyebrows

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.

“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.

Others thought the organization was bowing to political correctness.

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