Miss Teen USA Bids Adieu To Swimsuit Round
Miss Teen USA 2016, which is slated to take place on July 29, 2016 has made a bold move by announcing that it has relinquished the swimsuit segment from the coming edition of the pageant.
Initiating a change in the coming edition of the pageant, the organization declared that instead of the swimsuit, the gorgeous teen beauties will be judged on the basis of their athletic wear.
Pageant organizers have long said swimsuit portions were intended to show off the athleticism of the competitors. But Miss Teen USA’s transition to athletic wear reads as less exploitative and more focused on the importance of physical fitness for its younger participants, mirroring the rise of athleisure with the demographic that Miss Teen USA is aimed towards and populated by.
Reacting on this very change, the reigning Miss Teen USA, Katherine Haik opined, “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.”
This is not the first time when a pageant is scrapping the swimsuit segment, in fact one of the world’s most prestigious pageant, Miss World erased the swimsuit portion two years back and created a lot of buzz worldwide.
Source: USA Today