Swimsuits out of Miss Teen USA pageant

30 Jun

The organization is ending the swimsuit portion of the beauty pageant and replacing it with an athletic wear competition, a spokesperson confirmed to CNN.

The news was first reported by USA Today.

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It’s a nod to a more modern approach in an era where there are gender empowerment videos and commercial campaigns including Always’ #LikeAGirl aimed at highlighting equality among the sexes.

“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 to the pageant’s state directors. “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.” Read the full article here.

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