HOW TO APPLY
Please select your state of residence from the list to be redirected to the specific application process.
*Please note this list is subject to change. The Miss Universe Organization cannot guarantee that the links below are current or link directly to those who are licensed to hold competitions prior to the next MISS USA or MISS TEEN USA.
After you apply and are accepted for your state pageant, you will receive the registration materials to officially register to enter the state pageant.
During the state pageant weekend, you will participate in the categories of evening gown, interview, and swimwear.
If you take home the state crown, not only will you have a year full of philanthropic and professional opportunities, but you will also be one of the 51 states competing on a TELEVISED stage.
The winner of the competition must be confident. She must understand the values of our brand and the responsibilities of the title. She must have the ability to articulate her ambition. A contestant should demonstrate authenticity, credibility and exhibit grace under pressure. The women who compete embody the modern, global aspiration for the potential within all women.
Each competition begins with preliminary interviews that include a swimsuit or athletic wear and evening gown presentation show. These preliminary events are especially important as it will be the first time the judges and fans really get to know the contestants. The preliminary competition is the driving force in selecting the Semifinalists.
The live show and final competition kicks off with an announcement of the Semifinalists. Each of these contestants will walk the runway during the swimsuit or athletic wear segment displaying her dedication to a healthy lifestyle.
The semifinalists move on to the second stage of the competition during the evening gown segment. The judges and fans will see the contestants’ personal style as they walk the stage in their evening gown of choice. However, the exact design of the gown does not count towards the total score and instead the judges focus on how confidently each woman presents herself.
From the scores given in the evening gown competition, the Top 6 competitors are chosen, bringing them to the Final Question round. Each woman selects a judge at random who presents a question focused on various social, cultural and political topics. The Final Question round will determine the contestant’s ability to articulate themselves under pressure while sharing a thoughtful, well-informed response. Again, all scores are averaged and the Top 3 contestants move on to the Final Look.
The event concludes with the host announcing the winner. In the event that the winner is unable to fulfill her duties, the first-runner up will take her place.
HOW CAN I ENTER THE MISS USA COMPETITION?
Potential contestants must apply to enter the Miss USA or Miss Teen USA pageants by applying to your local state pageant. Click here for information to compete for Miss Teen USA.
HOW ARE THE PAGEANT SITES CHOSEN?
The host sites for the pageants are selected based on a number of factors including city infrastructure and capabilities of the venue for production.
IS THE MISS AMERICA PAGEANT DIFFERENT FROM MISS UNIVERSE?
Yes. In 1952, Catalina Swimsuits, formerly a sponsor of Miss America, founded Miss Universe and Miss USA in Long Beach, California. Although some women compete in both Miss USA and Miss America, the two systems are completely separate. The Miss Universe System has no talent competition. Miss USA goes on to represent her country at MISS UNIVERSE. The MISS USA competition is televised internationally.
ARE THERE AGE REQUIREMENTS?
Yes. Miss Universe contestants must be at least 18 years of age and under 28 years of age on the date the National Pageant competition commenced. Miss USA contestants must be at least 18 and under 28 years of age before January 1st in the year they hope to compete in the Miss USA pageant. Miss Teen USA candidates must be at least 14 and under 19 years of age before January 1st in the year they hope to compete in the Miss Teen USA pageant.
WHAT CAN I DO TO BEST PREPARE FOR THE PAGEANTS?
A contestant should understand the values of The Miss Universe Organization and the responsibilities of the title. She should be able to express what her personal and professional goals would be during her reign. Consider the below when competing at the state and/or national level. Describe what your aspirations are and why you are competing for a title.
CAN I COMPETE MORE THAN ONCE?
Contestants may compete more than once in the state pageants, but only once per year. However, contestants may only compete in the national pageants (Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA) once. The winner of Miss Teen USA may compete in Miss USA, but only after her reign has ended and after she competes in and wins her state title.
HOW MANY CONTESTANTS COMPETE IN MISS UNIVERSE, MISS USA AND MISS TEEN USA?
In the case of Miss Universe, between 80 and 100 countries send a candidate to compete. For Miss USA and Miss Teen USA, 51 contestants participate in the pageant which includes all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
WHAT IS THE MISS UNIVERSE ORGANIZATION LOOKING FOR IN A CONTESTANT?
A contestant must be confident. She must be able to demonstrate authenticity and articulate her ambitions as a titleholder. The competitions showcase and evaluate the contestant's aspirations and are judged by accomplished business leaders, philanthropists, and public figures.
WHAT DOES MISS UNIVERSE, MISS USA AND MISS TEEN USA DO AFTER THEY ARE CROWNED?
After a winner is crowned, she is relocated to New York City where she will meet her new Miss Universe family. Through the organization, the winner is provided a platform for possibility based on her objectives for the year. Alongside The Miss Universe Organization, she will plan how to achieve her goals on the national and global scale.