The newly crowned Miss USA says she wants Beauty pageants to retain swimsuit competition.
Sarah Rose Summers, 23, who received her crown in May 2018, said she believes the competition is empowering.
'I respect other companies' decisions, but I love the [swimsuit] competition - it's a tradition,' Summers told The New York Post.
'It's one of the most empowering moments. I'm proud of my body.'
Newly crowned Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers, 23, says she doesn't believe Beauty pageants should do away with swimsuit competitions because they are a 'tradition' and empowering to women. Pictured: Summers, left competing in Miss USA in May, and right, following her win
Summers said she believes that the era of #MeToo has brought a time where women should be able to choose what they want to do with their own bodies and receive support. Pictured: Summers receiving her Miss USA crown
In June, the Miss America Organization, which is not affiliated with Miss USA, announced it would not be keeping the swimsuit or evening gown competition.
Gretchen Carlson, the pageant's new chairwoman and Miss America 1989, said she didn't want to focus on physical attributes.
'We are no longer a pageant; we are a competition,' she told ABC's Good Morning America on June 5.
'We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance.'
Miss World, the oldest running international, Beauty pageant, also announced it would be doing away with those categories.
But Summers told the Post that