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The bikini is coming to the Miss America pageant.

Contestants in the nation's biggest beauty contest this September will have the option of trading in their traditional one-piece bathing suits for bikinis, pageant officials said Monday.

This year's contest will be broadcast Sept. 13. It will be the first time contestants in the 77-year-old pageant can choose their own one- or two-piece swimsuits.

In 1995, pageant viewers were allowed to vote on whether they wanted to keep the swimsuit portion of the competition, which some some critics derided as sexist. Viewers overwhelmingly supported it.

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