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Miss Teen USA Drops the Swimsuit Competition–But Is That Enough?

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USA Today broke the story on an important development in the beauty and fashion world: Miss Teen USA will no longer feature a swimsuit competition. Instead, the 51 young women, who are from all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, will be judged in the pageant’s first-ever athletic wear competition.

Reigning Miss Teen USA told USA Today, “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. 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.”

In a memo, Miss Universe president Paula Shugart wrote, “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. 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.”

Overall, the response to the move has been positive:

Other people argue that the move is not enough and that pageants shouldn’t exist at all. Take this popular tweet as an example of such a sentiment:

Either way, at least it’s a step forward for feminism and equality for our daughters and girls everywhere.


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