Frequently Asked Questions

 

BECOMING A CONTESTANT

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!
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 NOW tab at the top of this page.

 

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JUDGING & CRITERIA

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 our Pageant Information Tab 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 Pageant Information tab, and scroll to the "Eligibility Section"
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 15 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.

 

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SPONSORSHIP

Accordion Sample DescriptionCollecting 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 contributes 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.

 

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PAGEANT PREPARATION

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 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, extension on due dates are available when needed. If you need an extension, please call or email the pageant office.

 

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PAGEANT WEEKEND

The semi-finalists in the pageant will be named during the first portion of the pageant finals on the last day of the pageant weekend. No one will know who the semi-finalists are until that moment in the pageant finals show.
Absolutely. All contestants will participate in the gown review, special awards, naming of the semi-finalist, musical performances, and naming of the titleholders. You will be on stage at many times during the pageant finals, even if you are not named as a semi-finalist.
No. Most all of your meals throughout the state pageant weekend are provided by the state pageant. Although all of your meals are provided, we do recommend that are prepared for any additional meals 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 would be at your own expense.
Each contestant is paired with one other contestant in order to share each hotel room. 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 pageant preliminaries and pageant finals.
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 weeks prior to the Pageant) and will then be listed on our website under the Event Information Tab (Ticket Information)
At this time there are no plans to televise the state pageant.

 

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GENERAL QUESTIONS

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.
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 FOX and the Miss Teen USA national pageant is normally streamed live on www.missteen usa.com. The national pageants typically take place in the Spring or Summer of each year.

 

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