One of America’s highest-profile beauty pageants just traded bikinis for athleisure.
In recent years, competitions have increasingly modernized, featuring women that break the mold of the traditional pageant queen — like Miss Missouri Erin O’Flaherty, who will compete as Miss America’s first openly gay contestant this year, and Miss District of Columbia Deshauna Barber, the Army officer crowned 2016’s Miss USA. But still, the much-maligned swimsuit competition remains a staple of the major pageants.
That’s no longer the case for Miss Teen USA, after the Miss Universe organization announced that the pageant is going swimsuit-free. Instead, the 51 women (from the 50 states plus D.C.) will be judged in a brand-new athletic wear competition.
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Source Credits: Maeve McDermott in USA Today. Image above is of 2013.