Frequently Asked Questions



This Miss Maryland USA® | Miss Maryland Teen USA® Pageants are open to all young women who meet the eligibility requirements (found here). If you meet the eligibility requirements, APPLY NOW!
All entries are reviewed. If selected, a member of our staff will contact those applicants for a brief telephone interview. After your interview, a selection committee will consider your application. Ultimately they will determine if they feel you would make a good candidate for the title.
No. At this time there are no preliminary competitions to Miss Maryland USA® | Miss Maryland Teen USA® Pageants. You do NOT need to win a preliminary title or have had previous pageant experience.
On the contrary! Quite often our competitors are the “girls next door” with little or no pageant experience. In the past we have had young women win that have never competed with us before.
Click HERE to apply or click on the APPLY TODAY tab at the top of this page.





Each contestant will be judged in three areas of competition; Interview, Evening Gown & Swimsuit (Miss) / Active Wear (Teen). Judging criteria includes character, poise, confidence and personality.

For detailed information, please visit the Pageant Information tab, click on Competition Info | Eligibility and scroll down to the Judging & Criteria section.
No, there is no performing talent required. There are three equally scored categories, including Interview, Evening Gown, and Swimsuit (Miss) / Active Wear (Teen).
Absolutely not! Each contestant in our pageant is an individual and the judges are looking for body proportion and personality, not a specific body measurement.
Judges will NEVER consider age when choosing a state winner. Age is only a factor in determining which division you are eligible for.

Miss Division - 18 - 28 Years of Age
Teen Division - 13 - 18 Years of Age

For more detailed information, visit the Event Information tab, click on Competition Info | Eligibility and scroll to the Eligibility section.
Tattoos and piercings are a statement of your individuality, and it is up to you whether you choose to show them. If either are visible while in your competition wardrobe, you may remove your body jewelry or cover tattoos with body makeup if you desire. Judges are not told to look upon someone negatively because of tattoos or piercings, but judging is a subjective process done by each individual differently.
Absolutely not! Whether you’re 4 feet tall or 7 feet tall it doesn’t matter. In the Swimsuit / Active Wear portion of the competition, the judges will be looking for physical fitness, which includes a healthy and fit body. There’s usually a wide range of body styles and types for the Top Semi Finalists each year. We’re looking for outgoing, intelligent, confident, attractive young women excited to represent the state of Maryland.
Not at all, in fact most of our contestants are newcomers to pageants.





Collecting sponsorship is very important. It takes a time commitment on your part. You start with a list of potential sponsors such as friends and family members and their employers, etc. Plan your strategy, and make a plan to succeed! Schedule appointments to collect your sponsorships. When approaching potential sponsors, explain your goals, your desire to improve yourself by attending the Miss Maryland event, the charities you believe in and the scholarship opportunities. Let them know what your experience will entail. This will be extremely beneficial in developing your communication skills. This is an essential characteristic to have if you’re going to be the next Miss Maryland USA or Miss Maryland Teen USA.

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.
You may collect more than the required sponsorship fee. If you do collect over the required amount of the sponsorship fee, please send in the full amount to the state pageant offices. You may use additional sponsorsorship toward special “Spotlight ads” in the Official Program Book.
If you receive cash contributions for your sponsorship fee, you may put that money into a money order or send a personal check from your account and keep the cash. Please DO NOT send cash through the mail at any time.





While some contestants wish to seek expert advice, it is not necessary and will not affect the overall outcome of the pageant. Focus on being your "personal best!"
No. However, we do our best to seek out the best of the best when it comes to our sponsors. These are trusted professionals who we feel are experts in their profession. We will provide you with their information as a resource, but you are not required to work with / buy from any of our sponsors.
Not at all! You do not need to spend a fortune on any of your competition wardrobe. It is most important to find outfits that you will feel confident in and that best suit your personality. The judges are not judging your outfits. Instead they are looking for the women who wears these outfits with confidence, poise & elegance.
No. We highly recommend wearing the same gown for both the preliminary and final competition. This will allow the judges to recognize you more easily from one competition to the next.
At the beginning of the pageant, each contestant will be introduced to the audience during an upbeat, choreographed introduction number.

Miss Contestants - Black Cocktail Dress
Teen Contestants - Pink (any shade) Cocktail Dress
Contestant are required to submit a color, 5x7 @ 300dpi headshot (head and shoulders) photo. A professional photo is not necessary, however please ensure there are no distractions in the background and that you are the sole subject.
Deadlines are very important to us in order to make timely program preparations. However, we realize that unexpected circumstances can arise and that the collection of sponsorship may take longer than expected. Therefore, extensions on due dates are available when needed. If you need an extension, please call or email the pageant office.





The semi-finalists will be named during the first portion of the Finals competition (the last day of pageant weekend.) No one will know who the semi-finalists are until that moment in the pageant during the Final show.
Yes! All contestants will participate in the opening number, contestant introductions, gown review, special awards, naming of the semi-finalists, and naming of the titleholders. You will be on stage at many times during the Finals show, even if you are not named as a semi-finalist.
Contestants are prohibited from bringing their own personal hair and make-up stylists – they are not allowed back stage or in your hotel room nor are you allowed to enter anyone else’s hotel room during pageant weekend, including your parent’s. This is strictly from a security standpoint – we must know where you are at all times. Additionally, if everyone brought their own personal assistants, we would not fit in the hotel! There will be a team of professional make-up artists and hair stylists present at the pageant. You will have an opportunity to meet them and discuss pricing and specific styles before the pageant weekend if you choose to use their services.

Only contestants and staff are permitted in your hotel room, in the dressing room or backstage during the pageant weekend. Each contestant will share a room with another contestant. In order to keep the weekend organized, on schedule, and enjoyable for all participants, we have elected to limit the persons allowed into the contestant rooms to other contestant’s and chaperones only. There will be chaperones in the dressing rooms to assist you with some of your wardrobe changes.
No. All of your meals throughout pageant weekend are provided by the state pageant. While all of your meals are provided, we recommend that are prepared for any additional meals/snacks that you may want.
No. Your hotel room during the pageant is provided for you by the state pageant. You will be paired with one other contestant in a room with two beds. If you choose to arrive the night before or stay the night after the pageant, your room for those nights will be at your own expense.
Each contestant is paired with one other contestant that they will share a hotel room with. Each room will have two beds, so each contestant will have their own bed. In order to be respectful to the contestant with whom you are sharing the room, only the two of you are allowed in your hotel room (no family or friends allowed at any time).
They may stay in the pageant’s Host Hotel. Friend’s and Family rates normally apply.
We recommend anything from business casual to formal wear for the Preliminary and Final competitions.
Once you check in, contestants will have a packed schedule of activities, interviews, rehearsals, and shows. We recommend you plan on arriving early or staying an extra day in the host city to enjoy the experience with your guests. Time permitting, we will make every effort to include designated family meet and greet opportunities.
Ticket information will be distributed during the Pre-Pageant Orientation (approximately 4 - 6 weeks prior to the Pageant). At that time, you may find ticket information by clicking on the Event Information tab, then clicking on Ticket Information.
At this time there are no plans to televise or stream the state pageant.





The number of contestant vary from year to year, but each year approximately 75 - 100 contestants compete for the Miss title, and approximately 75 - 100 contestants compete for the Teen title.
The biggest prize is the prestigious title of Miss Maryland USA | Miss Maryland Teen USA and the opportunity to represent our state at the national MISS USA | MISS TEEN USA pageants! Our winners will also receive a prize package (which differs from year to year) according to sponsors that are obtained. To check out last year's prize package, click HERE.
We make school the number one priority! Our program only encourages your success! Almost all of your appearances, celebrity events, and charity work will take place during the weekend and will be scheduled in advance.
Not true! On a regular basis we receive requests from modeling agencies and casting companies looking for young ladies for particular opportunities. We often recommend previous contestants to fill the requests.
For the past two years, The Miss USA national pageant & The Miss Teen USA national pageant have taken place in the same host city during the same time of year. The Miss USA national pageant is aired LIVE on television and the Miss Teen USA national pageant is normally streamed live on the web. The national pageants typically take place in the Spring or Summer of each year.