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.
“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,” Miss Universe president Paula Shugart wrote in a memo to the pageant’s state directors. “Our hope is that this decision will help all of Miss Teen USA’s fans recognize these young women for the strong, inspiring individuals they are.” Read the full article here.
Miss Teen USA celebrates young women who lead active, purposeful lives and encourage those in their communities to do the same.
USAToday.com – One of America’s most storied beauty pageants just got a modern update.
The swimsuit portion has always been a staple of the competitions, both big and small. But in a society that increasingly prioritizes feminism and equality, watching women parade across a stage in bikinis can feel outdated .
In response, the Miss Universe organization made a decisive move this week, announcing that the Miss Teen USA pageant will no longer include the swimsuit portion. Instead, the 51 women (from the 50 states plus D.C.) will be judged in a brand-new athletic wear competition.
Pageant organizers have long said swimsuit portions were intended to show off the athleticism of the competitors. But Miss Teen USA’s transition to athletic wear reads as less exploitative and more focused on the importance of physical fitness for its younger participants, mirroring the rise of athleisure with the demographic that Miss Teen USA is aimed towards and populated by.
“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,” says Katherine Haik, the reigning Miss Teen USA.
“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.”
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CaymanCompass.com – Miss Universe also attended a meet and greet with Miss Cayman Islands Monyque Brooks and contestants for next year’s Miss Cayman competition at the Lobster Pot Saturday night.
An excited crowd gathered at both evening events. The smaller Saturday night gathering gave the Miss Cayman Islands committee, contestants and others the chance to meet Ms. Wurtzbach, take photographs and enjoy an evening overlooking the George Town waterfront.
Ms. Wurtzbach also toured Grand Cayman, visiting George Town, Camana Bay and the Eastern Districts, and planned to visit Stingray City Sunday. Read the full link here.
AsianJournal.com – Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach took time off her busy schedule to take a public HIV test at New York City’s Apicha Community Health Center Monday, June 20 to get the word out and encourage others to get tested and know their status.
“Over one million people in the United States are living with HIV and this number continues to increase each year by 50,000. One in eight people who have HIV don’t even know it yet because they don’t get themselves tested and because of that, they are not getting the right kind of care and treatment that they deserve and should have,” Miss Wurtzbach said.
The public test took place in advance of National HIV Testing Day on Monday, June 27 when special testing events will be held around the United States.
“It is vital to get tested at least once in your lifetime. The risk is in not knowing,” the reigning Miss Universe added. Ending the stigma associated with testing that exists in many parts of the world is critical to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic as it is estimated that 17.1 million of the 36.9 million people living with HIV worldwide do not know they are infected.
“The most important thing about getting an HIV test today is to destigmatize the whole idea of knowing your HIV status,” said Therese Rodriguez, Apicha’s CEO. “She will hopefully inspire more people to have the courage to get themselves tested.” Rodriguez explained that knowing one’s status is crucial in the process of getting the necessary help one needs.Read the full article here.