A WA trio preparing for the Miss World Australia finals this month say they support a move to scrap the swimwear segment.
Competition organisers dropped the beachwear segment, with women to wear fitness gear instead.
Wellard resident Cheyenne Chadderton said it was a good move.
�It�s empowering � you�re not so exposed,� she said.
�It�s about fitness, health and eating right and not just about having a bikini body.�
Hamilton Hill resident Milica Ognjenovic agreed.
�Just because you�re skinny doesn�t mean you�re healthy. That�s the bottom line,� she said.
�Everybody is different.
�But even from my background in personal training, I know a lot of healthy people who feel uncomfortable stripping down to nothing.
�I think it�s something a lot of people wanted.�
Atwell�s Micaela Norcliffe said it was reassuring to have the competition shift away from simply being about judging a body.
Finalists from around Australia will fly into Perth for the finals on August 30, with Miss World Australia to travel to China to take part in the Miss World Pageant.
Ms Chadderton, one of 12 WA finalists, is completing a course with the Dreamtime Project and will travel to New York next month to take part in Fashion Week.
Ms Norcliffe is studying social and developmental psychology at Murdoch University.
Ms Ognjenovic is studying epidemiology and undertaking an internship with the Lions Eye Institute.
For details about the event, visit www.miss-worldaustralia.com.au.