The Miss Universe organization just announced (via USA Today) they're officially getting rid of the swimsuit portion of the Miss Teen USA pageant, adding that the 51 contestants will now compete in a new athletic wear competition.
The move puts a stronger focus on physical fitness of the 15-19-year-olds participating in the competition and is slightly less sensational.
Miss Universe President, Paula Shugart, says the change will celebrating women's "strength, confidence, and beauty."
"This decision reflects an important cultural shift we're all celebrating that empowers women who lead active lives and encourage those in their communities to do the same," adds Shugart. "Our hope is that the decision will help all of Miss Teen USA's fans recognize these young women for the strong, inspiring, individuals they are."
Katherine Haik, the reigning Miss Teen USA, also commended the organization's decision.
"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," she said in a statement. "This new direction for Miss Teen USA is a great way to celebrate the active life that so many young women lead and set a strong example for our peers."
The next Miss Teen USA pageant will be held July 30 in Las Vegas.