The Miss Teen USA pageant is eliminating the swimsuit portion of its competition, opting to judge contestants in athletic wear instead, a spokesperson for the organization told TheWrap.
The transition to athletic wear will focus more on the physical fitness of the contestants, something the swimsuit portion was supposed to show off.
“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 Katherine Haik, the current Miss Teen USA.
Miss Universe president Paul Shugart said in a statement to TheWrap that this transition was initiated to “celebrate women’s strength, confidence and beauty.”
This year’s Miss Teen USA competition will stream live from Las Vegas on July 30 at 7 p.m. PT on the organization’s website.