Miss Teen USA contest dumps swimsuit round for classier sportswear
The shift is intended to “celebrate women’s strength, confidence and beauty” in a more constructive way than the bikini competition, according to pageant president Paula Shugart.
Shugart said the 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,” according to USA Today.
The fact that it took until 2016 for the beauty pageant to finally get rid of the swimwear competition frustrated some people, who decided to vent their anger on Twitter.
One user said “that Miss Teen USA still had a swimsuit competition is all you need to know about how gross we still were as of yesterday.”
Miss Teen USA ended its swimsuit competition, claiming a more "modern approach." Hey, want to be real modern? Don't be a beauty pageant.— Keating Thomas (@keatingthomas) June 29, 2016
That Miss Teen USA still had a swimsuit competition is all you need to know about how gross we still were as of yesterday.— Caissie St.Onge (@Caissie) June 29, 2016
Assumed a pageant like Miss Teen USA did the right thing and dropped its swimsuit section years ago but alas! https://t.co/x7CQFekLtB— Maura Brannigan (@maura_brannigan) June 29, 2016
Donald Trump sold the pageant in 2015 to WME-IMG after a falling out with NBC following his remarks about Mexicans, with some noting that Trump’s departure allowed the competition to finally move away from parading teenage girls in swimsuits.
Miss Teen USA is getting rid of its swimsuit competition. Eagerly awaiting founder Donald Trump's ranting against it.— J. Myrle Fuller (@fullerwx) June 29, 2016
Surprisingly, some were sad to see the end of creepy parade, asking why doesn’t the pageant “go all the way and hold competition behind a curtain.”
Let's just go all the way and hold competition behind a curtain: Miss Teen USA to eliminate swimsuits https://t.co/yPffh3PtOG— David Mastio (@DavidMastio) June 29, 2016
The replacement athletic wear competition will see contestants parade in front of judges in the clothes they like to work out in, in an effort to promote a healthy lifestyle among young women.
Julianne Hough, the host of this year's pageant, said there was still a lot of work required for the pageant to fully modernize, with the discontinuation of the swimwear competition the first step.
This year’s main event will take place on July 30 in Las Vegas, with at least one of the contestants relieved she won’t have to wear her swimwear.