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Miss Teen USA Is Ditching Its Swimsuits

Athletic wear will replace swimwear at this year's pageant

(Newser) - Miss Teen USA is putting its money where its mouth is. After years of claiming the swimsuit portion of the competition was meant to put women's athleticism on display, USA Today reports the pageant is finally doing away with swimsuits altogether. Instead, contestants will appear in athletic wear or... More »

Miss World Banishes the Bikini

'I don't need to see women walking up and down in bikinis,' contest chairwoman says

(Newser) - Just days after South Africa's Rolene Strauss won this year's crown , Miss World organizers have announced it will no longer feature the swimsuit portion of the contest, reports the New York Daily News . Next year's competition will be the first year in the event's 63-year history... More »

UAE Beaches: No Bikinis, Please

Even if you've got it, flaunting it can get you fined

(Newser) - Tourists hoping to strut their stuff on certain sands in the United Arab Emirates will sadly have to keep those bikinis and Speedos packed tightly in their suitcases: Beaches in the UAE's northernmost emirate, Ras al-Khaimah, now sport signs warning of possible fines for revealing swimwear such as two-piece... More »

Farrah's Swimsuit Donated to Smithsonian

Iconic swimwear takes its place in American culture archive

(Newser) - The red swimsuit—you know, that one—worn by Farrah Fawcett on a pinup poster that sold more than 12 million copies in the '70s has been donated to the Smithsonian Institution, the LA Times reports. Ryan O'Neal and Nels Van Patten—a friend who was present when the photo... More »

Phelps Flops in Old-Style Suit

He fails to qualify in two events, barely makes a third

(Newser) - Wearing an old-style swimsuit, Michael Phelps missed out on two finals and barely qualified for a third today at a World Cup short-course meet. Phelps failed to qualify for the finals of the 100-meter freestyle and 100 backstroke. He qualified in the 100 medley, finishing seventh in 53.13 seconds.... More »

Phelps to Competition: Lose the Speed Suits

Swimmer challenges others to switch before ban takes effect

(Newser) - Michael Phelps challenged his competitors at the upcoming FINA/Arena World Cup meets to race without the full-body technical suits recently banned by swimming authorities for providing an unfair advantage in speed. The ban doesn’t go into effect until January, but Phelps said he was “getting ready for where... More »

PETA Launches Curious Attack on the Overweight

(Newser) - PETA has rolled out a new ad campaign that does not sit well with the more portly among us, the Huffington Post reports. A billboard in Jacksonville, Fla., features a cartoon of an overweight woman in a bikini with the message: “Save the whales, Lose the Blubber: Go Vegetarian.... More »

French Pool Boots Woman in 'Burkini'

Officials say head-to-toe swimwear violates hygiene rules

(Newser) - A Muslim woman has been banned from a French public pool for wearing a head-to-toe "burkini" swimsuit, the BBC reports. The woman, who had purchased the suit in Dubai, called the ruling "segregation." Officials cited hygiene rules that prevent swimming clothed, and said it was not because... More »

What's So Wrong With Cheating?

(Newser) - America is shocked—shocked!—that David Ortiz took steroids, and disgusted that swimmers use full-body polyurethane suits, but “these steroided, polyurethaned cheating men should be our heroes,” writes Joel Stein in Time. “Americans are a performance-enhanced people,” a medication and surgery-enhanced super-race, using technology to... More »

Swimmer Makes Ass of Himself

(Newser) - Champion US swimmer Ricky Berens got that sinking feeling when his high-tech suit split down the back an instant before he sailed into the water for his leg of a relay at the FINA Swimming World Championship in Rome. The result was a flash of muscly derrière transmitted on... More »

German Hands Phelps Rare Loss; Breaks Record, Too

Stunning reversal raises questions about role of high-performance bodysuits

(Newser) - Germany's Paul Biedermann handed Michael Phelps his first major individual loss in 4 years—and snatched away his world record, too—with a stunning win in the 200-meter freestyle at the world swimming championships today in Rome. Virtually unknown outside his country before this meet, Biedermann has now erased Ian... More »

You're At the Beach, Now Cover Up!

(Newser) - Being at the beach is no excuse for unseemly dress, writes Paula Marantz Cohen in the Smart Set, who found herself looking at '09's swimsuit designs and wishing for some outfits from '10—1910, that is. Not wanting to show off vast areas of flesh usually covered up isn't just... More »

Barcodes Will ID Illegal Suits at Championships

Swimming aims to weed out banned attire

(Newser) - Swimmers at this year’s world championships will be subjected to a barcode test to ensure their suits are legal, the Times of London reports. Suits’ buoyancy will be checked before the event, with each outfit assigned a code. At race time, the suits will be scanned; if they don’... More »

Swimsuits Banned, Records Questioned

Cutting-edge swimwear adds array of advantages

(Newser) - After more than 100 records were broken in the past year and a half, the international swimming federation has put 348 high-tech swimsuits under the microscope—banning 10 of them and requiring modifications to another 136, the New York Times reports. The suits can increase buoyancy, squeeze the body into... More »

Rabbi Seeks Boycott of 'Revolting' Mannequins

Stores could lose kosher certification

(Newser) - An Israeli rabbi has called for a boycott of shops that display scantily clad mannequins, AFP reports. Mannequins and "obscene photographs" of models wearing swimsuits or underwear "elicit sorrow among the passers-by," said the rabbi. Stores in the northern city of Tiberias that keep their racy displays... More »

Mayer: Twitter's Like Sending Poop Photos

Guitarist plans to wear woman's garment on fan cruise

(Newser) - John Mayer may be a hardcore tweeter, but says Twitter is “inherently silly and it’s inherently dumb,” E! Online reports. “It’s one step away from sending pictures of your poop,” the singer/songwriter said. Why then, Mark Malkin asks, does he tweet? “I’ve... More »

NJ Scrubs Plan to Ban Brazilian Bikini Waxes

State smoothes out dispute over painful procedure

(Newser) - New Jersey has ripped up a plan to forbid the state's salons from offering Brazilian waxes, reports the Chicago Tribune. A state panel was moving towards banning the procedure—which involves the full removal of hair “down there”—after reports of injuries, but the state's consumer affairs chief... More »

Chill Out About My Cleavage: Miley

'Kill me!' she says of bathing-suit peek pics

(Newser) - Miley Cyrus doesn’t “get the big whoop” that ensued after cleavage-baring photos of her and her shirtless boyfriend went public, she told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show. “As I'm running,” the shirt “got a little bit lower and you could see a little of... More »

Farrah Sues Over '70s Poster

Says firm 'falsely' claims she lacks rights to photo

(Newser) - Farrah Fawcett is suing for a minimum of $100,000 in a rights dispute over her legendary 1970s swimsuit photo, TMZ reports. The actress says two companies have been using the image—which once adorned bedroom walls the world over—without her permission and asserts that she owns all the... More »

Bar Refaeli Scores SI Cover

DiCaprio squeeze 'ecstatic' over nod

(Newser) - The much-ballyhooed cover spot of this year's Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue goes to Bar Refaeli, the 23-year-old Israeli flame of Leonardo DiCaprio. “I am ecstatic! I'm in heaven right now,” Refaeli told People minutes after she got the news. Getting the cover “was my dream,”... More »

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