One former contestant is leading others in speaking out against the decision.
Kendall Morris, former Miss Texas and the preliminary swimsuit competition winner at the Miss America pageant in 2012 made it clear where she stood on the issue.
She was disappointed with the move.
Morris who now works as a news anchor for local news in Charlotte, North Carolina, says that it was the fitness competition that instilled discipline in her that lasted far beyond the Miss America pageant.
‘As a former Miss America swimsuit winner, I have mixed feelings about getting rid of that part of the competition,’ she wrote in a statement posted to Twitter.
‘I have experienced firsthand the benefits of the fitness portion through receiving scholarship money and working with trainers who volunteered their time to teach me how to eat healthy and exercise, not just for 15 seconds onstage but for life.’
— Kendall Morris (@KendallMorrisTV) June 5, 2018
Morris isn’t the only one.
Courtney Pelot, who was Miss Wisconsin in 2016, tweeted a photo of herself in a swimsuit and a nightgown, saying: ‘I felt pretty darn empowered in both of these moments. We don’t need Miss America 2.0 to empower women – we’ve been doing just that for almost 100 years.’
Source: Daily Mail
— Courtney Pelot (@courtney_pelot) June 5, 2018
Isn’t that what we were told by feminists all these years?
Women feeling comfortable in their own skin and being ‘body positive’ is how it’s supposed to be?
Or is that just for women that don’t have a great figure and keep themselves healthy?
They’ve always railed against women that keep themselves fit — and the swimsuit competition in beauty pageants — by saying that they promote ‘unrealistic body image’. If it’s unrealistic, how is it that so many women are able to achieve it? It requires discipline and self-control that is sorely lacking in our modern American society. Gee, maybe that is the real problem.
Are feminists now going to advocate for women to be burqa-ed up?
One model that also competed in beauty pageants tweeted her thoughts.
Here’s what Natasha Amera posted:
The fact that the bikini portion of Miss America got taken away is so sad and unbelievably lame. As someone who has actually competed in pageantry, it’s not about the swimsuit or the body, as others are commenting. It’s about being accountable and striving to look your best by being healthy in your lifestyle. Being in a bikini on stage isn’t about having the most toned body, it’s about showing that you live a healthy lifestyle and are confident in the skin you’re in. It’s empowering. I don’t believe walking on stage in a bikini diminishes my strength as a woman or my success in the business world or as a student. To act as though women need to be one dimensional is so outdated. Removing this portion of the competition is neither progressive nor constructive because it insinuates that a woman cannot be both beauty and brains. And to change the title from pageant to competition is so incredibly lame. It’s the Miss America Pageant. If you want a “competition,” go throw darts.
— natasha amera (@natashalhandy) June 5, 2018
What do you think?
Is there value to the swimsuit competition or no?
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