With or Without Bikinis, Why Beauty Pageants Need to Go

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With or Without Bikinis, Why Beauty Pageants Need to Go

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t’s the year 2018; Honda has announced that by 2022 it will have electric cars that charge in 15 minutes, Japan is in the process of replacing real human interaction with robots, and the Miss America pageant has decided to drop its swimsuit round to evolve in this “cultural revolution”.

“We are not going to judge you on your outward appearance,” a former Miss America announced on TV. “We are moving it forward and evolving it…” she said, completely forgetting that she was once judged the most beautiful person in the country basis her ability to twirl, sashay, and pout better than the other gorgeous women in the room — all of whom are possibly aspiring doctors, lawyers, and entrepreneurs, but now stand reduced to a measurement statistic.

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