‘Miss Teen USA’ No Swimsuit Competetion: Shanna Moakler, Katherine Haik Support Ditching Bikini Competition
Swimsuits are banned from Miss Teen USA 2016 now. Instead, contestants will now compete for best athletic wear.Advertisement
The decision to forego the bikini competition in exchange for athletic wear competition mainly respond to the issue of women objectification.
However, it also also put it out there that it’s good for girls to be active, sporty, and even competitive, in a healthy way. At least that is the goal.
“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,” Paula Shugart, president of the parent Miss Universe Organization, wrote in a letter to 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,” Shugart added, as reported by USA Today.
it is hoped that with this shift, gone are the days will girls be stereotyped as too weak for sports or the idea that being athletic is unwomanly. It is also hoped that with the ban on swimwear, the setting of unhealthy body standards can be avoided.
Reigning Miss Teen USA 2015 Katherine Haik is very much in favor of the decision to get rid of the swimsuit competition. She viewed it as “a great way to celebrate the active lives that so many young women lead and set a strong example for our peers.”
Katherine Haik said she herself is quite athletic her whole life. She shared that she is part of a softball team and a competitive dance team member as well. With these activities, she’s constantly in her athletic wear.
Shanna Moakler however, has a more neutral stance on the bikini competition, although she’s supportive of the chafe. The pageant star and former Miss New York Shanna Moakler said that the swimsuit competition has never been about competing as to who is the sexiest or all about being sexy. “It’s about showcasing your dedication to your health and fitness and how you exude confidence,” she tells E! News. “These girls work hard.”
It seems then that both swimwear and athletic wear competition will just serve the same purpose in Shanna Moakler’s view. However, she’s all for the change. “I think athletic wear will be a fun change,” she said.
“Pageants have consistently evolved over the decades and have tried numerous plays on different portions of the competition. I think with the modern fun fit wear we have today, this could be a fun change,” Shanna Moakler detailed.