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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.

Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach Calls First Plus-Sized Miss Peru Candidate a “Perfect Example Of A Beauty Queen”

25 Apr

MorningNewsUSA.com – Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach praised “plus- sized” Miss Peru 2016 candidate, Mirella Paz, for her confidence in joining the pageant. Paz later on progressed on the pageant and made it to the Top 10.

Miss Peru 2016 candidate, Mirella Paz just gained the attention and respect of not just her fellow countrymen but also Miss Universe Pia Wutzbach‘s. She was believed to be the first “plus- sized” beauty pageant candidate to have progessed in Peru. Before she had attended the coronation night of Miss Peru 2016 on Sunday, Wurtzbach entertained questions by the press who had warmly welcomed her on her first Latin America trip.

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GMA News reported that one of the questions asked was about Wurtzbach’s views on the “plus- sized” candidate. The Miss Universe said that Paz might not possess the society’s standards on a what a beauty queen should be, but she embodies the beauty of a real woman. She said her courage makes her a worthy queen. The beautiful Miss Universe added, “I think that she shows what a real woman is, who is confident in herself, who joined the pageant without hesitations. And I think that’s the symbol and a perfect example of what a beauty queen should be.” Read the full article here.