FAQsFrequently Asked Questions about Miss USA & Miss Teen USA Pageants
Becoming A Contesant
How Do I Become A Contestant?
Do I have to win a Preliminary Pageant to compete?
Do I need to have pageant experience to compete in a Miss USA or Miss Teen USA state pageant?
How Do I Sign Up?
When is the last day to apply?
Will the pageant be televised?
Judging & Criteria
How is the Pageant judged?
For more detailed information please visit our Judging Criteria page.
Is there a talent portion of the competition?
Are there any height or weight requirements to compete in the pageant?
Am I too old or too young to enter the pageant?
How many contestants compete in the state pageant?
How does Sponsorship work?
Our goal is for contestants to collect 100% of the sponsorship fee. This is a tax-deductible advertising expense for those businesses that assist you with sponsorship. If you work hard on collecting sponsorship, it is possible that you will not incur any expenses out of pocket. In addition, hard working contestants receive material item sponsorships, such as a dress, tanning, a haircut, etc.
What if I raise more sponsorship money than the required sponsorship fee?
What should I do if a sponsor gives me cash for my sponsorship fee?
What if I simply cannot afford to compete?
Do I need a pageant coach to help me prepare?
Do I need to shop the pageant sponsors when preparing for competition?
Do I have to spend a fortune on outfits?
Do I need a different gown for finals than the one I wear for Preliminaries?
What is the Opening Number outfit for?
What type of photo should I use for my official state pageant photo in the program book?
A 5×7 or larger color photo should be emailed (firstname.lastname@example.org) or mailed to the pageant office no later than 6 weeks prior to the pageant weekend.
What happens if I can’t get my registration materials in before the deadlines?
When will this years contestants’ photos be posted on the website?
Can I have a personal hair/make-up artist backstage?
Contestants are permitted to have a personal hair/make-up artist during the pageant weekend. We will have designated areas for the stylists to provide their services before the preliminary competition on Friday evening, the interview on Saturday morning and the final competition on Saturday evening. The fee to use your personal hair/make-up artist is $250, which covers the room rental, artists workstation, chair and electrical outlets. The $250 does not cover the hair/make-up artist services. You are responsible for booking and paying your artist individually.