Feminism has made its way to the Miss Teen USA pageant, organizers said in announcing their decision Wednesday that young contestants will no longer have to wear swimsuits to compete in the beauty pageant.
“In a society that increasingly prioritizes feminism and equality, watching women parade across a stage in bikinis can feel outdated,” the pageant said in a statement.
The Miss Teen contest allows girls ages 15 to 19 to compete in pageants in their home states before going on to compete for the national title, which will be awarded this year on July 30 in Las Vegas. The swimsuits will be replaced by “athletic wear,” which they said would better emphasize the athleticism of the contestants and the “importance of physical fitness.”
The organizers called the decision an “important cultural shift.”
The change comes just a year after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump sold the competition after NBC refused to air the pageant following Trump’s derogatory comments about Mexicans.
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