F.A.Q.

Becoming A
Contestant

How Do I Become A Contestant?

The Miss Massachusetts USA® and Miss Massachusetts Teen USA® Pageants are open to all young women who meet the eligibility requirements (found here).

Do I have to win a Preliminary Pageant to compete?

You do not need to win a preliminary title or have previous pageant experience to participate.

Do I need to have pageant experience to compete in a Miss USA or Miss Teen USA state pageant?

On the contrary! Quite often our competitors are the “girls next door” with little or no pageant experience.  Almost on an annual basis, we have girls winning that have never competed with us before.  For instance, Vanessa Minnillo had never competed in a pageant before she competed and won Miss SC Teen USA.  She then went on to win Miss Teen USA and has since embarked on a remarkable career in the entertainment industry.

How Do I Sign Up?

Click HERE to Apply or click on the Apply tab at the top of this page.

Will the pageant be televised?

Right now there are no plans to televise the state pageant.

Do I have to win a Preliminary Pageant to compete?

You do not need to win a preliminary title or have previous pageant experience to participate.

Judging &
Criteria

How is the Pageant judged?

Each contestant will be judged in three areas of competition: Interview, Swimsuit/Activewear, & Evening Gown. Judging criteria includes character, poise, confidence, and personality.

For more detailed information please visit our Competition Information page.

Is there a talent portion of the competition?

No, there is no performing talent competition. There are three equally scored categories, including Interview, Swimsuit (Miss)/Activewear (Teen), & Evening Gown.

Are there any height or weight requirements to compete in the pageant?

Absolutely not! Whether you’re 4 feet tall or 7 feet tall, it doesn’t matter. In the swimsuit 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, and attractive young women who are excited to represent the state of Massachusetts.

Am I too old or too young to enter the pageant?

Never at any time are the judges directed to consider age when choosing a state winner. Age is only a factor in determining which division you will compete.

How many contestants compete in the state pageant?

The number of contestants varies from year to year. However, typically we have between 40-70 contestants in each division.

General
Questions

When will the Miss USA & Miss Teen USA pageants be televised?

The Miss USA national pageant is typically televised in the Spring or Summer of each year.  The Miss Teen USA national pageant is typically produced in July/August of each year and will be broadcast live on missteenusa.com.

Do only the winners get selected for various modeling/talent opportunities and career benefits?

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.

If I win, will it interfere with school?

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.