Bye-bye bikini, hello Miss South Carolina 2.0!

Contestants will compete next week in the last ever swimsuit competition in the Miss South Carolina pageant.

For the last time in Miss South Carolina history, contestants will strut their stuff in the swimsuit competition because the Miss America Organization decided to eliminate the swimsuit portion of the pageant earlier this month.

"The idea of bye-bye bikini and hello Miss America 2.0, it's really about empowerment," says Miss Alyxandria Farkas, Miss Greater Easley.

WACH FOX News spoke to several Miss South Carolina contestants while they were checking into the pageants' official hotel in the Vista.

"I haven't had bread or soda since the beginning of this month," says an excited Alexandra Badgett, this year's Miss Columbia, "I'm one that's a believer in having a healthy lifestyle and staying physically fit so I'm excited to see where and how we continue to incorporate that with the new miss america 2.0."

Instead of swimsuit, each candidate will participate in a live interactive session with the judges to highlight her achievements and goals in life.

"We have to go with what the organization decides with the swimsuit changes but I'm willing to accept them and I know they will bring out the things like our personal platforms like our inner beauty as well as our outer beauty so I'm fine with the changes," explains Lauren Long, Miss Simpsonville.

The changes start at this year's Miss America pageant on September 9.

"Being one of the last competitors to compete in swimsuit is such an exciting time because it's one of those historic moments for Miss South Carolina and the Miss America Organization," says Alyxandria Farkas, Miss Greater Easley.

The ladies checked in Friday but preliminary competition starts on Tuesday at the Township Auditorium. The contestants will compete over three nights in the different portions of the pageant.

The teen competition will take place on Friday, June 29 , while the miss contestants get their last chance at the crown on Saturday, June 30.

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