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Miss Teen USA phases out swimsuit competition
Miss Teen USA is throwing in the towel on its swimsuit competition. The pageant’s parent company, The Miss Universe organization, has decided to replace this contentious segment with an athleisure competition.
“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,” said Miss Universe president Paula Shugart in a memo, according to CNN. “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 next Miss Teen USA pageant takes place in Las Vegas on July 30. There’s no word on whether or not the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants will follow suit and abolish the swimsuit portion. Miss World, a separate pageant, ended the bikini portion of their competition in 2014.