Cover Up! Miss Teen USA Dumps Swimsuit Competition In Nod To 'Feminism & Equality'

  • by: Alan Duke

You'll never see this again on the stage at the Miss USA Teen Pageant: Young ladies showing off their bodies in bikinis. The pageant revealed Wednesday that it's competitors will be less revealing and instead we are "athleisure" attire.

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The pageant decided that having 18-year-olds parading around nearly naked and being judged on their sex appeal is outdated. Instead of stressing sexual attraction, the pageant will promote feminism and equality of sexes. The swimsuit competition will be replaced with athletic wear competition starting this year.

"I have been an athlete my entire life," reigning Miss Teen USA Katherine Haik said. "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."

  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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