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The Miss Teen USA Pageant is Eliminating the Swimsuit Competition

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Being crowned the winner of a beauty pageant is one of the biggest goals many women around the globe have each year. Whether they compete in their local pageant, or go on to be part of the Miss Universe competition, women across the world are working hard to be the standard of perfection. As they prepare their different looks in makeup, gowns, and more, the teenagers of Miss Teen USA can now stop worrying about one aspect of the pageant. According to reports, the swimsuit competition is set to be eliminated from the show altogether, as it has triggered controversy around issues of body-shaming and exploitation.

The swimsuit section won’t be cut completely from the competition, however, it is being remodeled to focus more on the athletics of women in the pageant. Will this put an end to body shaming?

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Say goodbye to the bikinis, ladies.

The competition will now focus on athleisure instead of swimsuits.

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Reports say that the Miss Teen USA pageant will be replacing the swimsuit competition with an “athletic wear” competition. Being that the swimsuit section was meant to show off the athletic body types of the contestants, the new athletic aspect seems to be a better fit with less controversy.

This is a great, new step for the beauty pageant industry.

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Although every other pageant is continuing with their swimsuit competitions, this can set a great example for what the true standards of beauty are. Athleticism can bring a new aspect of health to the pageant world, as it will encourage female viewers to get healthy, rather than to starve themselves to be thin. Eating disorders have been a controversy faced by some contestants in the past, but stressing a healthier trait to the pageant may make this competition less unrealistic.