NEW YORK — One of America’s top beauty pageants has axed its swimsuit competition — ditching bikinis for sportswear in a bid to fend off years of complaints that parading in a bikini is sexist and demeaning.
Reactions have been mixed, with some praising the announcement as a step forward, and others noting that both swimwear and sportswear competitions judge competitors on their physical appearance.
Miss Teen USA — open to women aged 14 to 19 — said on its website, “In a society that increasingly prioritises feminism and equality, watching women parade across a stage in bikinis can feel outdated”.
The Miss Universe Organisation, which operates the pageant, said from now on contestants would be judged on athletic wear, in addition to the evening wear and personality competitions.
“Miss Teen USA’s transition to athletic wear reads as less exploitative and more focused on the importance of physical fitness for its younger participants,” it said.
The reform was welcomed by reigning Miss Teen USA Katherine Haik, who called it, “a great way to celebrate the active lives that so many young women lead and set a strong example for our peers”.
The 2016 Miss Teen USA pageant, to be broadcast online, will be held in Las Vegas on July 30.
Each year, a woman from each of the 50 states and one from Washington DC compete for the crown.
Miss Universe was for years owned by billionaire Republican White House candidate Donald Trump. He sold it last year to a talent-management group.
Over 20,000 drivers taken action through CCTV monitoring
KATHMANDU— The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) has effectively launched monitoring of vehicles plying on the road through close circuit (CC) camera in Kathmandu valley.
Traffic Police are keeping a close watch on drivers to check whether they are following the traffic rules or not.
A total of 20,024 drivers of various vehicles faced action based on such monitoring. The police begun this bid since 2073 BS and it has become effective so far, said SSP Basanta Panta of the Traffic Division.
Most of the cases were related to violation of the traffic lane and driving on ‘one way’ roads, he added.
The police are monitoring the traffic activities through 460 close circuit cameras installed at the Division Office, Ranipokhari.Follow @gorkhapost