Miss Teen USA is ditching the swimsuits.
The pageant, a sister show to Miss Universe and Miss USA for 15-19 year olds that’s been running since 1983, is dropping the skimpy outfits in favor of athletic wear, according to USA Today.
The move aims to“celebrate womens strength, confidence and beauty,” according to a memo to state directors of the pageant fromMiss Universe president Paula Shugart.
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The change takes effect immediately and in time for this year’s contest on July 30 in Las Vegas.Shugart further explained the thinking behind the movein her note.
“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,” she wrote.
“This decision reflects an important cultural shift we’re all celebrating that empowers women who lead active, purposeful lives”
“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 current Miss Teen USA winner, Katherine Haik, welcomed the move.
I have been an athlete my entire life. As a member of a softball team and a competitive dance team, I spend a lot of time in athletic wear, she said.
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.
So will the other pageants owned by the Miss Universe Organization, Miss Universe and Miss USA, follow suit?
Miss USA’s host and creative director for events Julianne Hough told USA Today that the pageant might well make a similar move in the near future.
“Theres definitely some work I think still to be done, thats where weve been talking with the producers,” she said. “In the next few years we may grow from that, but lets see where this year goes.”
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