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Miss America Swimsuit Competition (VIDEO) (PHOTOS)

02/23/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

***UPDATE 1/24 11:30PM*** The 2009 Miss America Pageant was held tonight and a new winner was crowned: Miss Indiana Katie Stam. One of the surprises of the night was when Miss New York was asked about Sarah Palin during the question and answer session. Scroll down to watch the swimsuit competition:

The Miss America pageant has its TLC reality television debut Saturday night. Earlier in the week the contestants had the swimsuit competition on the road to the finale.

One British paper remarked on the visible musculature of some of the contestants:

The Miss America pageant 2009 is set to be one of the fiercest fought events in history, contested almost exclusively by Amazonian gym buddies with seriously sculpted figures.

The swimsuit segment of the show in the heats at the Planet Hollywood resort in Las Vegas confirmed that a new breed of female athletes are going for glory, a far cry from the very natural looking girls-next-door who have competed down the 80 years of the competition's history.

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