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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