Miss America vs bikinis: Organization defends the swimsuit competition

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Miss America vs Bikinis: Should They Ban the Swimsuit Competition?

After Miss Teen USA's decision to cast off their swimsuit segment, pressure has been placed on Miss America to follow suit. ET spoke with this year's contestants to get their take on the pageant show mainstay.

"In a teen perspective, I think that's appropriate," Kelly Koch, Miss Iowa 2016, admitted. "I don't think they need to be showing off their bodies and revealing that much."

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"I'm glad they're focusing it more on the lifestyle and fitness portion," Patricia Ford, Miss Georgia 2016, added.

Regardless of how Miss Teen USA has ruled on the topic, Sam Haskell, Executive Chairman of Miss America, has assured that no similar changes are expected to be made to Miss America.

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We were really excited about the Titanic dessert. Thank you @carminesnyc for feeding us tonight! It was fabulous! 🍝🍧 #MissAmerica #missalabama #HealthyistheNewSkinny
The #LibertyBell AND Ben Franklin in one photo!? #America. #MissCAinPA #MissAmerica
The real Miss America Competition happens on the putting green, and it's pretty cut throat.
This is how I "prepare" for interview: laughing all night long with one of my favorite ladies @missamericatn and enjoying the experience. Can't wait to show the judges my whole heart and be ME tomorrow and the rest of this week. #MissAmerica #MissLouisiana #interview #IOU #laughtilicry #sisterhood
And here we go!! Interview at 10:57 this morning. keep voting! Montana #MissAmericaVote #MissAmerica #MissMontana
Another day of rehearsals worthy of a delicious dinner at @chickiesnpetes! How have I lived 23 years without #crabfries!?
It was such an amazing experience being able to appear on Good Morning America with the rest of the beautiful contestants this morning! Here is a picture we were able to sneak in after the show! 😍 #MissAmerica #MissWisconsin @goodmorningamerica #GMA #NewYorkCity
This girl... My roomie and the coolest girl I know... WON MISS AMERICA TALENT PRELIM TONIGHT!! I am so proud of you Tay!! You deserve it so much! @missamericaia #MissIdaho #MissIowa #idowa
Thanks to these guys for always looking out for us and keeping the creeps away! #MissAmerica #MissGeorgia
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Our feet were obviously tired after a long and successful day! My interview with the judges was great, and I had a blast competing in swimsuit and evening gown tonight! Tomorrow morning I have my Quality of Life and STEM Scholarship interviews, and tomorrow night I will compete in my talent preliminary! I cannot thank everyone enough for all of the sweet messages and prayers that I have received! Love you all, and can't wait to see what the rest of the week has in store for me! #MissTennessee #MissAmerica @missamericaorg
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Philly, you're fun. #misstexas #missamerica
Franklin Square mini golf in Philly tonight! #MissTennessee #MissAmerica @missamericaorg Thank you to @joannsofunioncity and @johnathankayne for my beautiful cocktail dress for the evening!
Shopping and dinner on the pier tonight! #MissTennessee #MissAmerica @missamericaorg Cocktail provided by @joannsofunioncity and @sherrihill
Post prelim living! Keep voting!! Remember you can only vote two more times but if you get your friends involved you are helping so much!! #MissAmericaVote MONTANA!
My bae!! #MissAmerica #MissMontana #MissAmericaVote #TGIF #thisisac #doac
The #TajMahotties are at it again! I LOVE our security guard, Chris. He is the coolest dad a contestant could ask for during these two weeks!
#TGIF... That is all. #redeyes #cake #allthefrosting #hangry
I know where my freedom originated, and I refuse to take it for granted. Do you? #MissAmerica #MissKansas #LibertyBell #LandOfTheFree
Sometimes, you go to Miss America and meet your best friends. #missamerica #misstexas
A round of golf to end a successful day of filming #ParadeOfStates! #Marc #DanceToYourOwnBeat #PageantPutPut
Shopping on the pier tonight with #MissAmerica and I can't get enough of this view! #OneAtlantic #MissMississippi
And the good times just keep rollin in! #MissSD #MissAmerica
The gangs all here, and we are exhausted!!! Love my little family πŸ’– #FamilyMeeting #MissAmerica #MissNorthDakota #TeamNodak
Waking up at 4:30 isn't easy (see left) by after a cup of coffee everything gets a lot better (see right). It's true, people, Miss America Girls run on coffee! @missamericanc #TeamNodak #CoffeeCoffeeCoffee #DidIMentionCoffee #ImHungyAndINeedCoffee #MissNorthDakota #MissAmerica
Had a great evening last night at the One Atlantic Playground, we had a fantastic dinner with the cutest mini desserts, and had a chance to go shopping! #MissAmerica #MissVermont #thisisAC #doAC
Ocean side view with @missamericaorg and @missamericaid #missamericaar #MissAmerica #AtlanticCity
Some days you match for rehearsal on accident but have to document your cute pullovers from @crownbyrc ! #missamericaar #MissAmerica love my sisters!
Just hanging out with Ben Franklin in Philly!.. #LibertyBell #America #MissATakesPhiladelphia
We don't joke around when it comes to dessert 🍰 @missamericaia @missamericaut @missamericaor #MissAmericaTakesNYC
I can't believe night 1 is over!! Headed back to the hotel with my roomie @missamericaak to get some room service and celebrate! πŸ™ŒπŸ‘™ Interview was so great this afternoon. I can't believe it was my last interview EVER as part of this organization. Tomorrow is talent! Finally!!πŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒ make sure you are still voting! Twitter & Facebook :) Arizona #MissAmericaVote #MissAmericaAZ #MissArizona #MadiForMissA
I'm so happy right now 😩 #LoveAtFirstSight #SwimsuitReady #Lol #MissAmericaAZ #MissArizona #MadiForMissA
Red, white & blue with my girls Cali & Jersey! Last night we had dinner over looking the ocean at the Playground! Thank you for having us :) #TheJack #ToMyRose #MissAmericaAZ #MissArizona #MadiForMissA #California #Jersey #LifeAtMissA #ILoveAtlanticCity β€οΈπŸ‘‘
You had better hide your crowns πŸ‘― #MissAmerica #DastardlyDuo
We got to New York... This accidentally happened in 5 mins 😳
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She's incredible. Congratulations on an amazing year as Miss America, @missamericaorg πŸ’• @realkirakazantsev #MissAmerica #MissColorado
I am SO happy to present the absolutely funny, genuine and amazing @missamericawv for my #missamericaappreciationday!!! From the time I arrived here in Atlantic City she has kept me laughing! I can't wait for the rest of Miss America week and to watch her rock that stage!! Follow her along her journey throughout Miss America week and beyond!#MissWVMissCT #shessotallitlookslikeimherchild
Thank you #carminesnyc for feeding us tonight! We loved every second! #MissDelaware #MissAmerica #ThereSheEats
In love with Atlantic City πŸ‘‘#MissDelaware #MissAmerica #TurnYourPassionIntoAction #CrownTheTwapper
Fun ride on the Carousel at #franklinsqr in #Philly PA!!! πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’• @missamericain
Follow up on my birthday surprise....they gave us all gigantic Ice cream brownie sundaes!!!!! YAY 21!!!! #MissGeorgia #MissAmerica
Celebrating our platforms! Healthy Children, Strong America is all about helping children have a healthy bodies and especially healthy minds! Being emotionally happy is always overlooked when it comes to health and I'm here to change that! ❀️☺️ #MissGeorgia #MissAmerica #gma
Having fun and staying warm with my friend Clark Davis ( missamericaky ). It's little chilly in our meeting room. #babyitscoldinside #MissAmerica #MissIndiana #MissKentucky #sisterstates
Enjoying rehearsals and gearing up for #MissAmerica! #TGIF #BestMeICanBe #MissKentucky #MissAmericaVote
What an experience this is! Good Morning America was amazing! #MissAmericaGMA #MissAmerica
Shopping with @MissAmericaMA. When I move to Boston MA to attend Berklee this girl will be my tourguide! πŸ˜‰ πŸ’–πŸ‘‘β˜ΊοΈ #Sisterhood #MissAmerica #MissMaryland #MissMassachusetts #52Reasons
I always wanted to be in a music video. The Parade of States is the next best thing! #AllAboutThatBayState #MissMassachusetts #MissAmerica
Benjamin Franklin wanted a picture with his home states #MissMassachusetts and #misspennsylvania. You got it Ben! 😎#MissAmericainPhilly #visitphilly
On the set of @goodmorningamerica! I can't believe I'm here right now!! #geekinout #MissMassachusetts #MissAmericaGMA
My best friends are with me at #MissAmerica....how cool is that?? @missamericaco @missamericatn @missamericatx @missamericala
What a fun night with my #MissASisters at the Playground in Atlantic City! #MissNebraska #MissAmerica
And I thought #MissAmerica was an American icon! Having fun and seeing the #LibertyBell for the first time. Thank you to the Miss America Organization for providing all of us with this learning and travel opportunity! #MissOhio #missamerica #letfreedomring
Besos xoxo #misspuertorico
With my favorite Utahan☺️ @missamericaut Also did I mention this fab dress is a @josephribkoff ?
Busting out the nightly dance moves with my fellow dancing fool @missamericact πŸ‘― #PartyBus #ThereSheDances #MissAmerica #MissRhodeIsland #MissConnecticut #BustAMove
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Filming the Parade of States in our Joseph Ribkoff dresses! Watch on ABC next Sunday! #MissAmerica @marykatherinef
Dinner with the sisters πŸ’• #missutah #missamerica
Thanks @yahootv! #nyc #missamericavote #missva
The Original Bae. Thank you to the @goldennuggetac for providing such an incredible dinner tonight overlooking Atlantic City! #MissWestVirginia #MissAmerica
Thanks for the Sunday Funday, Chickie's and Pete's! #WVlovesFL #MissWestVirginia #MissAmerica
For #missamericaappreciationday I am honored to focus on this beautiful lady, Miss North Dakota. We actually started to get to know each other tonight, beginning with these photos we took during dinner. Within the first 10 minutes of talking to her about future goals and life in general, I realized I had found myself a true friend. I can't wait to create more memories as we continue you this amazing journey together at Miss America!! 😊 #MissAmerica #MissAmericaND #MissAmericaWI #Friends πŸ’—
#SisterQueens #MissDC #MissAmerica
Cena en Carmine's! #misspuertorico
Dance the night away live your life and stay out on the floor!
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"I don't think Miss America will ever do away with the swimsuit competition," he told ET. "It's something that we love to show -- how physically fit our contestants are. It's part of the tradition of the organization."

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Haskell pointed out that the first Miss America in 1921 wore a one-piece. Two-piece suits didn't get introduced until the bikini ban was lifted in 1997.

Kendall Bautista, Miss Alaska 2016, defended the swimsuit portion, noting the segment had a positive influence on her self-esteem.

"The confidence booster was huge!" she explained. "I used to be super shy before I found the Miss America organization. And just being on a stage in your swimsuit, there is no better way to gain self-confidence."

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