Miss Teen USA Drops the Swimsuit Competition: It's a Start

June 29, 2016 10:31 PM

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"Believe me, the swimsuit competition is not held because of measurements," Miss America Sharlene Wells told reporters in 1985 as her the end of her reign neared. "It's to show the physical fitness of the contestants."

And the party line has held for decades, though Miss World dropped the swimsuit portion in 2014, largely out of respect for contestants from countries where such things are frowned upon. ("It's not just a beauty contest, it's 'beauty with a purpose'. There didn't seem to be a purpose to have the swi...

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