The Miss Universe organization has announced that the Miss Teen USA pageant is dropping swimsuits from the competition.
Instead, the 51 women ages 15-19, who represent 50 states and Washington, D.C., will be judged in a new athletic wear competition, promoting active lifestyles.
It’s also a business move, reports USA Today. Girls spend more time in “athleisure” clothing than in bathing suits. “Athleisure” is the apparel industry’s term for athletic wear that doubles as a casual outfit.
The Miss America Organization will crown its 20th Outstanding Teen this year. The competing teens have always performed a fitness routine while wearing athletic wear, spokesman George Juarez said. Eligible teens must be ages 13-17 during the competition season to qualify.
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Rather than crossing the stage in bikinis, teen contestants jog in place, perform two jumping jacks, a side plank and a push-up, flex their biceps and lunge.
The California Outstanding Teen will be selected from among 47 contestants starting at 5 p.m. Friday at the Saroyan Theatre in downtown Fresno.