Miss Italy pageant does away with bikinis

Aug. 14, 2012 at 12:12 PM

ROME, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Officials with the Miss Italy beauty pageant said they will switch from bikinis to one-piece swimsuits as part of a greater emphasis on inner beauty.

Patrizia Mirigliani, head of the Sept. 8-9 pageant, said the contest will no longer feature two-piece bathing suits in the swimwear competition, ANSA reported Tuesday.

"With this new type of swimsuit, we hark back to the classic beauty of 1950s feminine icons, who are still setting trends," Mirigliani said.

She said the change is part of the pageant's increased emphasis on inner beauty.

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