Each Contestant will compete in three equal phases of preliminary competition: swimsuit, evening gown, and interview. The scores from the preliminary phases of competition are added up, and the contestants with the highest composite scores become semifinalists. The number of semifinalists will be between 10 and 15, and will be determined by the total number of contestants in the competition. Scoring is based on the following:
- Swimsuit: each contestant is evaluated on her physical fitness, stage-presence, and overall impression.
- Evening Gown: each contestant is evaluated on grace, poise, style, stage presence, the confidence with which she carries herself, and overall-impression.
- Interview: preliminary interviews are personal one-on-one style. You will have interviews with each of the five judges. It's very comfortable and conversational. Contestants are scored on their communication skills, and personality. They are NOT scored on their opinions or personal beliefs.
Once the semifinalists are announced during the final show, they will again compete in swimsuit and evening gown. These two phases of competition will narrow the field to a group of five finalists.
The top-5 will then each have an on-stage interview conducted by the emcee. After the top-5 interviews, the judges will select a winner, 1st runner-up, 2nd runner-up, 3rd runner-up, and 4th runner-up in each age group.
- I have to be a "Pageant Pro" or have competed in this pageant or preliminaries to win.
On the contrary! The most important thing is that you are yourself and exude confidence on stage. We will sponsor several free coaching seminars to help you in all aspects of the competition.
- I must be "tall" to win a pageant.
Many times state and national winners have been considered "petite." Ruth Zacahrian became MISS TEEN USA® at 4'11", Kimberly Pressler was crowned MISS USA® at 5'5", and several of our state titleholders have been barely 5' tall!
- I'm too young – I'm too old.
Many women have won their State MISS USA® titles at 18. Many have won in their last year of eligibility. Your preparation and confidence are more important than your age.
- I must patronize the pageant sponsors when preparing for competition.
Resource information is given for the contestant's benefit. Our sponsors do not discuss who their clients are; and it is certainly the contestant and her family's choice who they work with.
- I have heard that the MISS USA® is a more sexy pageant than the others.
The MISS USA® pageants are certainly considered more "glamorous" than other pageants; but we advocate "elegance", not sexiness.
- I simply cannot afford to compete.
We explain how to obtain sponsorships to cover competition costs—including entry fee and wardrobe. Your family, friends and local business leaders will be supportive, when you share your goals with them.
- I must be a perfect "10" in swimsuit.
Physical fitness is important, but contestants are judged in three "equal" categories—evening gown, personal interview, and swimsuit.
- I must wear the most beautiful, expensive gown in order to win.
Our judges are instructed to score the contestant's poise and sense of style, not the gown itself. Winners receive a whole new wardrobe for their national competition.
- I need a "pageant coach" to help me prepare.
Even though some contestants wish to seek expert advice, we do not see this reflected in the overall outcome of the pageant. Focus on being at your "personal best!"
- Only the winners are selected for various modeling/talent opportunities and career benefits.
Not true! Just this past year, several of our contestants were chosen for interviews by the Wilhelmina Modeling Agency, based in New York. In addition, Charlie Matthau (Walter's son) selected contestants to audition for the Matthau Production Company in Los Angeles!
- If I win, I must put my life on hold—including my career or school responsibilities.
Our program is an excellent vehicle that encourages your success. We would never advocate quitting your job, or school, but using your year as our state titleholder to help obtain your personal goals! In addition, the commitment to compete in the MISS USA® or MISS TEEN USA® pageant is an incredibly rewarding experience. Your year will be full of exciting possibilities!
Who Can Compete?
If you are single (never married), never given birth to a child, a United States citizen, a resident or full-time college student in the state of Arizona, and between the ages of 14 and 26, we invite you to APPLY TODAY! Our program is designed to be an excellent vehicle for advancing your career and personal goals.
To become MISS USA® you must be at least 18 and under 27 by February 1, 2010.
To become MISS TEEN USA® you must be at least 14 and under 19 by February 1, 2010.
How to Enter:
After reviewing all of the information on our website, if you have an interest in becoming a contestant, please click on “Register” under the menu bar and follow the instructions (or click here). There is NO fee required to apply. Once we receive your application and photo, it will be forwarded along with all other pertinent information to the pageant committee. If your application is approved, you will receive an invitation to become an official contestant. This truly could be the chance of a lifetime, so don't delay, apply today!