The organization is ending the swimsuit portion of the beauty pageant and replacing it with an athletic wear competition, a spokesperson confirmed to CNN. The news was first reported by USA Today. It's a nod to a more modern approach in an era where there are gender empowerment videos and commercial campaigns including Always' LikeAGirl aimed at highlighting equality among the sexes. Beauty pageants have long been the target of ire and viewed as both archaic and demeaning to women. In a column written last year for The Guardian writer Jessica Valenti said, "The notion that beauty pageants are anything more than an opportunity to ogle gorgeous, scantily-clad women and pit them against each has long been debunked.
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The Miss Teen USA competition announced on Wednesday that its young contestants will no longer have to wear swimsuits, as organizers issued a frank statement tacitly acknowledging that the tradition is seen as exploitative — and mentioned a word rarely promoted around the pageant circuit: feminism. The organization was owned by Republican presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump until he sold it last year, soon after buying out partner NBC when the media company fell out with him over his early tirade against Mexicans during the initial phase of the presidential race. Miss Universe defended its pageant organizers, saying they had long intended the swimsuit part of the contest to be about showing off athleticism. The organization did not define what it meant by athletic wear. A picture accompanying the statement announcing the decision showed a picture of a woman from the back standing in triumph in a mountainous countryside, wearing sneakers, leggings and a sporty bra top. The Miss Universe competition has always been considered more racy than the older Miss America contest it arose to compete against after a row in the early 50s over — swimsuits.
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Let's not get ahead of ourselves. This isn't a blanket ban across all franchises, but still, it's a promising start. The Miss Universe Organization announced Wednesday that it was doing away with the swimsuit competition , a staple of beauty pageants for almost years, at the next Miss Teen USA pageant. Which makes sense, considering the stated purpose of the contest is to award scholarship money and, as MTUSA just noted on Twitter , "[celebrate] young women who lead active, purposeful lives.