The Miss Teen USA pageant has announced that it has removed the swimsuit portion of the competition.

The Pageant

The swimsuit round has been eliminated from the competition for the first time in a century. Instead of wearing a swimsuit, the contestants are going to perform an athletic wear round.

Miss Teen USA 2016 partnered with sportswear company Tapout, in order to provide clothing for the athletic wear round. An exclusive collection was designed for this year’s pageant contestants in order to represent their individual hometowns.

This year’s theme is to give scholarship to girls between ages 14 to 19.

Erin Snow, Alabama
Nneamaka Isolokwu, Alaska
Tristany Hightower, Arizona
Makenzie Sexton, Arkansas
Athenna Crosby, California
Alexis Wynne, Colorado
Katy Brown, Connecticut
Emily Hutchinson, Delaware
Dylan Murphy, District of Columbia
Gracie Smith, Florida
Bentley Wright, Georgia
Joahnnalee Ucol, Hawaii

Find full list of contestants: Here

The Judges

Eva Marie
Hillary Cruz
Keylee Sanders
Lu Parker
Savannah Keyes

The Hosts

Olivia Jordan
Cody Johns

Post Pageant

Don’t forget to watch the second Live stream on the Miss U app to watch the winner of Miss Teen USA 2016 interview with Nia Sanchez.

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Teen USA 2015 Katherine Haik attends the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 05: Miss Teen USA 2015 Katherine Haik attends the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

 

“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.”

Pageant organisers have previously described the swimsuit competition as an opportunity for competitors’ to demonstrate their athleticism, but the shift will offer more of a focus on physical fitness.

The move has been welcomed by former pageant competitors, who noted that it corresponds with the rise of athleisure in fashion.

“Teens are spending .1pc of their life in a bathing suit and 50pc in athleisure,” said former Miss Virginia Nancy Redd, who won Miss America’s swimsuit competition in 2003.

“This is a great step in the right direction of women embracing their physical strength, as opposed to their appearance. This is focusing on what bodies can do, not just what they look like.”

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss District of Columbia USA 2016 Deshauna Barber (L) is congratulated by Miss Teen USA 2016 Katherine Haik as she is named Miss USA 2016 during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 05: Miss District of Columbia USA 2016 Deshauna Barber (L) is congratulated by Miss Teen USA 2016 Katherine Haik as she is named Miss USA 2016 during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Priya Gopal-Walker, Miss Washington Teen USA 2015; Kenna Harke, Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2015; Payton Sanders, Miss Wyoming Teen USA 2015; and Cora King, Miss West Virginia Teen USA 2015; pose in their Sun Kitten Swimsuits at Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in The Bahamas, Wednesday August 19th. The 51 contestants will spend the week touring, filming, rehearsing, and preparing to compete for the title of Miss Teen USA 2015. The final competition will stream on August 22, 2015 LIVE on www.missteenusa.com at 8 p.m. ET from Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in The Bahamas. HO/Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP

Priya Gopal-Walker, Miss Washington Teen USA 2015; Kenna Harke, Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2015; Payton Sanders, Miss Wyoming Teen USA 2015; and Cora King, Miss West Virginia Teen USA 2015; pose in their Sun Kitten Swimsuits at Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in The Bahamas, Wednesday August 19th. The 51 contestants will spend the week touring, filming, rehearsing, and preparing to compete for the title of Miss Teen USA 2015. The final competition will stream on August 22, 2015 LIVE on www.missteenusa.com at 8 p.m. ET from Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in The Bahamas. HO/Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP

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Andrea' Hightower, Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2015; Taylor Dawson, Miss Maryland Teen USA 2015; Kenna Sloy, Miss Oregon Teen USA 2015; and Geena Cardalena, Miss New York Teen USA 2015; float down the lazy river in their Sun Kitten Swimsuits at Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in The Bahamas, Wednesday August 19th. The 51 contestants will spend the week touring, filming, rehearsing, and preparing to compete for the title of Miss Teen USA 2015. The final competition will stream on August 22, 2015 LIVE on www.missteenusa.com at 8 p.m. ET from Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in The Bahamas. HO/Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP

Andrea’ Hightower, Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2015; Taylor Dawson, Miss Maryland Teen USA 2015; Kenna Sloy, Miss Oregon Teen USA 2015; and Geena Cardalena, Miss New York Teen USA 2015; float down the lazy river in their Sun Kitten Swimsuits at Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in The Bahamas, Wednesday August 19th. The 51 contestants will spend the week touring, filming, rehearsing, and preparing to compete for the title of Miss Teen USA 2015. The final competition will stream on August 22, 2015 LIVE on www.missteenusa.com at 8 p.m. ET from Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in The Bahamas. HO/Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP

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