Each contestant is judged in three areas of competition; Interview, Swimsuit and Evening Gown. Judging criteria specifically focuses on character, poise, confidence and personality.
Yes, absolutely. In fact, we encourage it! Many of last year's contestants have chosen to return this year and have recommended their friends to participate as well. Also, if you recommend the pageant to a friend who registers in time to hold their spot and compete in the pageant, you will receive a sponsorship credit of $100. So, this can be a great way of collecting sponsorship.
Measurements are not considered! This is a pageant that is focused on inner beauty and character. Whether you're 4' tall or 7' tall it doesn't matter. In the swimsuit portion of the competition, the judges will acknowledge physical fitness, which includes a healthy and fit body with no requirements for the shape or size. There's usually a wide range of body styles and types for the Top Semi-Finalists each year.
No, there is no talent round. However, contestants are encouraged to discuss their talents both on their application and in the interview portion of the competition.
Collecting sponsorship is very easy to do, however it does take a small time commitment on your part. It is highly recommended that you make a list of potential sponsors such as friends and family members and their employers, etc. and spend a few hours on the weekend or when your schedule allows you to collect your sponsorships. When you approach potential sponsors and explain the pageant, the charities and the scholarship opportunities it supports and what your experience will entail, it is extremely beneficial in terms of developing new and/or better communication skills. This is an essential characteristic to have if you're going to be the next Miss Washington USAŽ or Miss Washington Teen USAŽ.
Our goal is for each contestant to collect 100% of the sponsorship fee from local businesses, organizations, employers, friends and family members. Again, this is tax-deductible for those that assist you with sponsorship. If you work hard on collecting sponsorships, it is very possible that you may not incur expenses from your own pocket and may raise more than is needed. In addition, we have had several contestants receive a material item sponsorship, such as a dress, tanning, a haircut, etc.
We make school the number one priority! Almost all of your appearances, celebrity events, and charity work will take place during the weekend and will be scheduled in advance. In addition for Teens, the MISS TEEN USAŽ pageant is held in the summer time to accommodate your school schedule.
Not at all, in fact about half of our titleholders are newcomers to pageants like Christina Clarke (Miss WA USA 2012), Tracy Turnure (Miss WA USA 2010), Tara Turnure (Miss WA USA 2009), Leilani Jones (Miss WA USA 2007), Kendra Timm (Miss WA Teen USA 2006)... On the other hand, some are pageant vets.
The only requirement for the evening gown competition is that you wear a long gown (i.e. a length that usually falls below the ankle). You can choose any style, color, fabric, etc. Beads and sequins are fine. Choose a gown that best shows your personality but is also very fashionable and couture.
The judges' job is to get to know you and your individual personality. They will not be asking you trivia style questions that you would see on JEOPARDY! They will ask you questions off of your personal profile sheet and will basically be instructed to have a conversation with you...almost as you would have a conversation with your friend on the telephone. It's a lot of fun and the judges are very friendly!
You bring your own swimsuit. You can choose from a one piece or a two piece...any color, pattern and style. You should choose a swimsuit that you feel good in as long as it is conservatively presentable. Thong style or any other inappropriate swimwear is absolutely not allowed. You will also need to wear shoes in the swimsuit competition. Clear heels or skin toned heels work well.
The best way to decide is to do some research on the organization by looking into who owns it, whether or not it is nationally televised and how long it has been around. This pageant, the Miss Washington USAŽ and Miss Washington Teen USAŽ is part of the MISS USAŽ, MISS TEEN USAŽ and MISS UNIVERSEŽ Organization which has been in existence for over 50 years and have been seen on NBC. These pageants also continue to provide scholarships and open doors to the business world, entertainment, fashion, etc. for young women globally.
You are welcome to call the state pageant office at 425-202-7578. A quicker way may be to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Either way we would be more than happy to hear from you and answer any additional questions you may have.