Miss Teen USA Will No Longer Parade Teenagers Around In Bikinis
It's official everyone, bikinis are out and sports bras are in; at least when it comes to competing for the title of Miss Teen USA. For the first time in the history of the modern beauty pageant, young women will have their bodies judged based on how they look in tight workout clothing rather than how they look in underwear!
Sure, the idea that teenagers were parading around in swimsuits to show off their non-adult physiques was borderline criminal to begin with but hey, this is a start I suppose. Better fifty years late than never! Especially considering that the rules for the competition specify that contestants be "at least 14 and under 19 years of age before January 1st in the year they hope to compete." Jesus.
According to Buzzfeed news, Miss Universe president Paul Shugart said in a memo that the July 30th competition will feature athletic wear instead of bikinis due to an “important cultural shift." She said the switch is aimed to empower teens 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,” said Shugart.
If by "cultural shift" she is referring to the fact that it's now frowned upon for grown adults to sexualize the bodies of teenage girls, then she nailed it. Switching from Victoria's Secret to Lululemon spandex isn't exactly a seismic shift, but it's fair to say that athletic wear is a far more accurate representation of the life of a fit teen.
And it seems that the young ladies who have and will participate in the pageant are largely on board with the change, as most of them presumably spend far more time decked out in yoga pants and crop tops than they do wearing heels with bikinis. You know, because they aren't strippers or college girls on spring break at Wet Republic.
“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,” said Katherine Haik, the reigning Miss Teen USA, who celebrated the switch by posting a picture of herself on Instagram in leggings and a sports bra.
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“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,” continued Haik.
“We’re excited about the changes we’ve made thus far and are committed to continuing to evolve in ways that celebrate women’s strength, confidence, and beauty for years to come."
So there you have it folks! Oh, and I strongly advise that you take advantage of this opportunity to weed out the pedophiles in your social circle by paying attention to whether you know anyone who is mourning the loss of the teenage bikini competition.
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