It’s no secret that feminism and beauty pageants are not exactly besties.
However, in an incredibly positive step in the right direction for the pageant world, Miss Teen USA has just announced that they will be canning their highly controversial swimsuit competition and will be replacing it with an updated active wear competition.
In the past the Miss Universe organisation has put a lot of time and energy into defending their swimwear competition, saying that it encourages athleticism among contestants.
But really, what could ever be more athletic than active wear?
According to Elle, Miss Teen USA director Paula Shugart says that this change reflects a shift in youth culture that has seen an increasing trend towards female athleticism.
“This decision reflects an important cultural shift we’re all celebrating that empowers women who lead active, purposeful lives and encourage those in their communities to do the same,” wrote Shugart.
“Our hope is that this decision will help all of Miss Teen USA’s fans recognise these young women for the strong, inspiring individuals they are.”
Current Miss Teen USA Katherine Haik is over-the-moon about the change.
“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. 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,” said Haik.
So next time you feel slightly guilty for wearing your active wear out to dinner, just remember – even beauty queens dig active wear.