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Best Beauty Pageants: 2018 Edition

06, August 2018

Every year Pageant Planet compiles a list of the best pageants from the previous year based on our Best in Pageantry Awards. This list may even help you find your next pageant! If your favorite pageant isn't on this list, you can check out our entire list of pageants by clicking Find a Pageant

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Top 10 Preteen Pageants of 2017

Top 10 Teen Pageants of 2017

Top 10 Miss Pageants of 2017

Top 10 Ms. Pageants of 2017

Top 10 Mrs. Pageants of 2017

Top 10 Male Pageants of 2017

Top 10 State Pageants of 2017

Top 10 National Pageants of 2017

Top 10 International Pageants of 2017

Top Pageants of 2016

Top Pageants of 2015

Top Pageants of 2014

Top Pageants of 2013

Top 10 Preteen Pageants of 2017

10. Heart Shine Foundation Pageant

Based in California, this system has numerous age divisions, ranging from Preteen (8-11) all the way up to Mrs. and Ms. divisions, even hosting an Elite (60+) division. The mission of the foundation is to encourage sisterhood, leadership and opportunity while fostering the growth of each young girl's interests, goals, platforms and talents.

The Heart Shine pageant helps young women develop poise, interview skills and confidence through the on-stage competitions as well as volunteer efforts. The pageant system works with numerous charity and philanthropic organizations, ranging from the Boys and Girls Club to Relay for Life to the Make a Wish Foundation.

Miss Heartshine Royalty visiting Disneyland. Photo: Heart Shine Events Facebook

Miss Heart Shine Royalty visiting Disneyland. Photo: Heart Shine Events Facebook

9. Miss American Royalty USA

The Miss American Royalty USA program is a Christian-based organization that has 16 age divisions. The Preteen division has state representatives that attend the national pageant. This year's pageant will be hosted in Orlando, Florida, from July 19-22, 2018. Some delegates are chosen via a state pageant, whereas some are chosen at-large (possibly because no pageant was held in that respective state). According to the website, the Miss American Royalty USA pageant holds firm to building character, courage, confidence and the desire to make a difference in communities across the country. This would be a great stepping-stone and learning opportunity for the Preteen in your life!

Miss American Royalty USA Pageant. Photo: Pageant Planet

Miss American Royalty USA Pageant. Photo: Pageant Planet

8. Royal International Miss Pageant

This system has numerous age divisions and strives to blend glamour and elegance while simultaneously empowering young women by giving them the opportunity to grow and develop a positive self-image through onstage competition, scholarships and community service. Phases of required competition include interview, fashion wear and evening gown, with optional phases that include talent, photogenic and casual wear, among others. The international pageant has both appointed titles for those states without a pageant as well as pageants held at the state level to choose delegates to send to the international pageant held in Orlando, Florida.

Royal International Miss Preteen, 2017. Photo: Royal International Miss

Royal International Miss Preteen 2017, Bryanna Forbes. Photo: Royal International Miss

7. Junior Miss Galaxy International 

With divisions ranging from Preteen up to Mrs. divisions, this system definitely has an emphasis on personal growth while also developing each girl or young woman's style and glamour. However, this system calls the Preteen age as Junior Miss, as it encompasses ages 6-14. According to the organization's website, Miss Galaxy International's mission is to "emphasize beauty, style and cultural appreciation. The Galaxy International Pageant is a personal development opportunity for women of all nations." The annual international pageant took place in July of 2017 and will most likely happen again in summer of 2018 in Florida.

Jr. Miss Galaxy 2018, Reese Caldwell. Photo: Surreal Photography

Jr. Miss Galaxy 2018, Reese Caldwell. Photo: Surreal Photography

6. National Miss American Coed Preteen Pageant

National Miss American Coed is a scholarship pageant system for girls and young women between the ages of 3 and 22 and was founded in 1983. One unique feature of this system is that there is never makeup worn by any contestant under the age of 13 during any required phase of the competition. The organization prides itself on family values and age-appropriateness. The required phases of competition are interview, interview wear/introduction on stage and evening wear. Plus, there are numerous optional phases of competition, including talent. Delegates are chosen by state pageants or appointed if a state does not have a pageant, and the Preteen age division is for girls ages 10-12.

Miss American Coed Preteen 2017, Vanessa Ramos. Photo: Miss American Coed

Miss American Coed Preteen 2017, Vanessa Ramos. Photo: Miss American Coed

5. Miss Royalty International Preteen 

The Miss Royalty International Preteen pageant accepts girls ages 10-12 for this division and does allow for age-appropriate makeup, with discretion. Each age division awards three queens at the open regional pageant and the phases of competition are evening gown, interview and fun fashion. At the Midwest Royalty International Pageant (tentatively scheduled for July 5-8, 2018, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin), two queens will be awarded in each age division. The program does not qualify to be a scholarship program, but they do give away thousands of dollars in both cash awards and prize packages, not to mention gifts and services.

Miss Royalty International Preteen 2018, Sienna Peck. Photo: Dan Daverney

Miss Royalty International Preteen 2018, Sienna Peck. Photo: Dan Duverney

4. USA National Miss Preteen 

There are three areas of competition for this system: Interview, runway and evening gown. This system has numerous age divisions in conjunction with the Preteen division, and it is also a scholarship program. The national pageant will be held in Orlando, Florida, and the delegates are chosen from each state's respective pageant or appointed if a state does not have a pageant. USA National Miss Preteen 2017, Gabriela Norwood, won her title last year in Orlando while representing her home state of Georgia.

USA National Miss Preteen 2017, Gabriela Norwood. Photo: USA National Miss

USA National Miss Preteen 2017, Gabriela Norwood. Photo: USA National Miss

3. Cinderella International Scholarship Pageant

The Preteen division of the Cinderella International Scholarship Pageant is actually called the Miss division, but the age range is from 10-12. The phases of competition are interview, party wear modeling, formal wear modeling, casual wear modeling and photogenic. The Cinderella International Scholarship Pageant was founded in 1976 and has awarded millions of dollars in scholarships to young women both in the United States and abroad. The system is based on a three-tiered level of advancement with local competitions that advance to state programs, which then award delegates to advance to the international level of competition. This year's international pageant will be held July 20-27 in Dallas, Texas.

Cinderella Miss 2017, Isabel Hallows. Photo: The Richfield Reaper

Cinderella Miss 2017, Isabel Hallows. Photo: The Richfield Reaper

2. National American Miss

National American Miss is one of the largest pageant systems in the country, with its Preteen division being no exception. The age division is for girls 10-12 and has four phases of required competitions that include formal wear, personal introduction, interview and community involvement. One feature that stands out for this system is the no-makeup policy for the Preteen division in an effort to promote positive self-image by focusing on natural beauty both inside and out. If judges can notice makeup, then points will be deducted from the score. The national delegates are chosen at the state level unless there is no state pageant held, in which case a representative can be appointed. The national pageant takes place in November annually in Disneyland, located in Anaheim, California.

National American Miss Preteen 2018, Hannah Daffron. Photo: National American Miss Instagram

National American Miss Preteen 2018, Hannah Daffron. Photo: National American Miss Instagram

1. International Junior Miss

Known for the numerous scholarships awarded to young women every year, this program has age divisions from 4 through 24, with the Preteen age being 10-12. The organization allows natural, light makeup for the junior divisions, which includes the Preteen age group. The required areas of competition include evening gown, fun fashion and interview, with numerous optional competitions, including a talent competition. Delegates are chosen via a state pageant or appointed if no pageant is held in a state. The international pageant will take place from July 2-7, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas.

International Junior Miss Preteen 2017, Fallon Farr. Photo: International Junior Miss

International Junior Miss Preteen 2017, Fallon Farr. Photo: International Junior Miss

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Top 10 Teen Pageants of 2017

10. Miss Teenage Canada 

The Miss Teenage Canada pageant searches across the country for confident, enthusiastic and intelligent young women to compete for the national title. Its motto, "Be your own kind of beautiful," shows that the Miss Teenage Canada stage is a place where contestants can shine while being themselves. Miss Teenage Canada prides itself on crowning winners who shine from the inside out. Past winners have ranged in height from 5 feet 2 inches to 6 feet tall, showing that height has no bearing on the competition. Experience in pageantry has little bearing as well, since workshops help prepare contestants for the competition ahead of time.

The Top 5 a Miss Teenage Canada 2017. Photo: Darren Lee

The Top 5 at Miss Teenage Canada 2017. Photo: Darren Lee

9. Miss Teen International 

The Miss Teen International pageant celebrates the achievements of young women from across the globe. This pageant, which consists of a week of activities and two nights of competition. These include evening gown, fitness wear, fun fashion and interview. The winning contestant is awarded both prizes and scholarships. Miss Teen International focuses on showcasing deserving teenagers. Its titleholders are committed to becoming positive role models. Each contestant has the opportunity to choose a platform to promote throughout their reign and make a difference within their state or country. 

Carly Peters, Miss Teen International 2017. Photo: International Pageants

Carly Peters, Miss Teen International 2017. Photo: International Pageants

8. Miss American Teenager 

The Miss American Teenager pageants focus on contestants' poise, personality and inner beauty. Its goal is to help contestants develop their intelligence, grace and integrity, which will last a lifetime. Contestants compete in three fun areas of competition, including evening gown, interview and swimwear or resort wear. Miss American Teenager stands out from other pageants because it is perfect for both contestants and families. This pageant is held at a water resort and hotel, making it ideal for a pageant and a vacation!

State queen during the Miss American Teenager pageant. Photo: Miss American Teenager Facebook page.

State queen during the Miss American Teenager pageant. Photo: Miss American Teenager Facebook page.

7. USA National Miss 

USA National Miss offers one of the highest quality pageant programs in the country. This program recognizes the achievements of young women across the USA who are able to unleash their full potentials at the national pageant in Boca Raton, Florida. Its three-time award-winning national director perfectly combines glamour and fun to create a unique pageant experience.

At USA National Miss, delegates aren't just titleholders, they are outstanding members of the community. As Kira Kazantsev, Miss America 2015 explained, “The USA National Miss Organization sets the highest standards for their competition by recognizing confident, accomplished young women and rewarding those that go above and beyond to be outstanding representatives for UNM and their communities."

Laurel Stiekes, USA National Teen 2017. Photo: USANationalMiss.com

Laurel Stiekes, USA National Teen 2017. Photo: USANationalMiss.com

6. National American Miss 

The National American Miss program is designed for today's girl. By helping young ladies grow confidence, make lifelong friendships, and celebrate their individuality, National American Miss is a pageant unlike any other. It provides contestants with valuable skills that give them a competitive edge in any field they choose to enter.

The National American Miss naitonal competition is held annually in Anaheim, California, where titleholders can enjoy Disneyland before beginning to compete in the pageant. Sunny California is the ideal backdrop for a high-quality pageant like National American Miss.

Hermona Girmay, National American Miss Teen 2017-2018. Photo: Rod Aberegg

Hermona Girmay, National American Miss Teen 2017-2018. Photo: Rod Aberegg

5. World's Perfect Teen 

The World's Perfect Teen fashion competition is one of the most fashion-forward and contemporary pageants. Each contestant competes in three areas of competition, including fashion walk with an onstage question, swimwear and formal attire. Winners receive an extensive prize package, including cash, scholarships, photoshoots, an opportunity to walk in New York Fashion Week and a free entry to other pageants. At World's Perfect Teen, contestants are seen as "perfect" in their own right. When Michael Galanes, the international director, is asked "What are the judges looking for?" he simply replies with a "you!" All contestants are encouraged to shine in their own unique way.

2017 World's Perfect Pageant winners. Photo: World's Perfect Pageant and Model Search Facebook page.

2017 World's Perfect Pageant winners. Photo: World's Perfect Pageant and Model Search Facebook page

4. American Pageants 

American Pageants searches for well-rounded titleholders who want to reach their full potentials. Contestants are judged on their scholastic records, service and achievement to school and community, personal development, general awareness, personality projection and poise in evening wear, and their interview. Once the competition has concluded, the winner is awarded prizes, including a $5,000 cash scholarship. What makes American Pageants truly unique is its commitments to service. Included in each titleholder's prize package are funds to host an inclusion event, such as a Special Olympics event. Delegates, therefore, form stronger ties within their communities and actively promote change.

Miss Teen of America 2018, Alana Castle. Photo: Miss Teen of America Facebook page.

Miss Teen of America 2018, Alana Castle. Photo: Miss Teen of America Facebook page.

3. Miss High School America 

The Miss High School America pageant provides personal and professional opportunities for high school students. This organization prides itself on having the highest moral values among pageant systems. In addition, national titleholders are able to jet set around the world as part of their prize package!

The prize pachage at Miss High School America also includes a much larger, more beneficial prize. Miss High School America is awarded a full tuition scholarship to Western State Colorado University, which is ranked as a "Top College" by Forbes. Education is clearly a ccore value of the Miss High School America system, making it perfect for contestants who pride themselves on their intelligence.

Katie Schaaf, Miss High School America 2017. Photo: Miss High School America Facebook

Katie Schaaf, Miss High School America 2017. Photo: Miss High School America Facebook

2. Miss America's Outstanding Teen

A sister company to the Miss America Organization, Miss America's Outstanding Teen provides over $175,000 in scholarships to its contestants. The winning contestant alone is awarded a $30,000 scholarship in order to further her education. To compete at the national pageant, contestants must first win a local title before advancing to the state pageant, which would then qualify them for nationals. The Miss America's Outstanding Teen organization is focused on helping young women develop leadership skills, self-worth and conviction about their own potential. This is not only acheived through the pageant, but also through community-based initiatives and mentoring programs.

The Top 5 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2018. Photo: Miss America's Outstanding Teen, Inc.

The Top 5 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2018. Photo: Miss America's Outstanding Teen, Inc.

1. Miss Teen USA 

Miss Teen USA is a beauty pageant that is run by the Miss Universe Organization. Contestants are encouraged to be "Confidently Beautiful" on stage during the various stages of the competition, including evening gown, activewear, interview and onstage question. Like many other Teen pageants, there is no longer a swimsuit competition at Miss Teen USA, but rather an activewear competition. Many Miss Teen USA contestants often go on to have successful careers in fashion, modeling and pageantry, making it the perfect stepping stone for young women who want to move even further in pageantry. In addition, you can find former titleholders on various television shows and movies, which truly shows the types of big things contestants go on to do. 

Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff, Miss Teen USA 2018. Photo: Patrick Prather/Miss Universe Organization

Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff, Miss Teen USA 2018. Photo: Patrick Prather/Miss Universe Organization

Congratulations to all of the Teen pageants that made the Top 10 list this year! These incredible organizations have helped grow the confidence of young women across the globe and give them lifelong skills and friendships. Let me know if your favorite Teen pageant made the list!

 

Top 10 Miss Pageants of 2017

10. Miss Venezuela

The Miss Venezuela pageant crowns three titleholders for three of the big four pageants: Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss International. The organization has seen recent top finalist international pageant placements with its latest titleholders. Runners-up compete for the Miss Grand International and Miss Supranational pageants. Thousands of potential contestants apply to compete in preliminary events for two months prior to the final show.

2017 Miss Venezuela titleholders Photo: Miss Venezuela Organization

2017 Miss Venezuela titleholders. Photo: Miss Venezuela Organization

9. Miss World

The Miss World pageant is the oldest running international pageant. Since its founding 1951 in the United Kingdom, the pageant has crowned 69 international titleholders. Miss World is a great system for Miss contestants to showcase their abilities due to its various competition categories. The pageant recently used fans' votes for a new head-to-head competition to determine half of the Top 40 contestants. With non-traditional competition categories like the Multimedia Competition and the Beauty With a Purpose Competition, the Miss World pageant definitely stands out among the rest. 

Miss World 2017, Manushi Chhillar Photo: Miss World Facebook

Miss World 2017, Manushi Chhillar. Photo: Miss World Facebook

8. Miss America

Despite having a few hiccups at the end of 2017, the Miss America Organization is a legend in American pageantry. Since its founding in 1921, the Miss America Organization has been one of the biggest providers of scholarships for young women today. Each year, Miss America contestants from across the country raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Children's Miracle Network. While being a true remainder of American history today, the Organization has undergone changes to stay relevant with the current trends. Miss America Organization Chairwoman Gretchen Carlson recently said that even more changes may be on the way for the organization. 

Miss America 2018, Cara Mund visiting with children at a Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Photo: Miss America Organization Facebook

Miss America 2018, Cara Mund visiting with children at a Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Photo: Miss America Organization Facebook

7. Miss Grand International

The Miss Grand International pageant is the only pageant with a mission to end violence and war throughout the world. The pageant aims to be the beginning of a better life for all and calls all of its contestants to advocate for awareness and education of the prevention of violence. This pageant is perfect for Miss contestants looking to make a real difference in the world through pageantry. The pageant is headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand, and recently crowned its fourth winner, Maria Jose Lora.

Miss Grand International 2017, Maria Jose Lora Photo: Miss Grand International Facebook

Miss Grand International 2017, Maria Jose Lora. Photo: Miss Grand International Facebook

6. Miss International

The Miss International pageant was established as a corporation to promote "friendship and good relations with all nations." The pageant was founded in 1960 in Long Beach, California, U.S.A. Miss International established the "Miss International Fund," which donates money to underprivileged children around the world through Unicef and other charity institutions. Contestants also plant trees under the "Green Campaign" in an effort to protect the environment.

Miss International 2017, Kevin Lilliana Photo: www.missinternational.com

Miss International 2017, Kevin Lilliana. Photo: www.missinternational.com

5. Miss Supranational

Another relatively young pageant with fast fame is the Miss Supranational pageant. The Miss Supranational pageant could be on this list for the prize package alone. The most recent telecast of the show was viewed by over 100 million people in 120 countries worldwide and saw the crowning of the eighth winner, Jenny Kim, who walked away with $30,000 in prize money. Talk about fame and fortune! Since its founding just eight years ago, the pageant has doubled its numbers and continues to gain support and popularity.

Miss Supranational 2017, Jenny Kim Photo: Miss Supranational Facebook

Miss Supranational 2017, Jenny Kim. Photo: Miss Supranational Facebook

4. Binibining Pilipinas

Binibining Pilipinas is the Philippines' pageant that crowns all national titleholders for the Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss Globe, Miss Intercontinental, Miss Grand International and Miss Supranational. This Philippines pageantry powerhouse produced several international competition placements in 2017. Contestants from across the country compete for the opportunity to be part of this amazing program and represent their beloved country at an international pageant. 

2017 Binibining Pilipinas titleholders Photo: www.bbpilipinas.com

2017 Binibining Pilipinas titleholders. Photo: www.bbpilipinas.com

3. Miss USA

The Miss USA pageant has been held every year since 1952 and selects the American representative for the Miss Universe pageant. The Miss USA pageant has produced eight Miss Universe winners in its history, which is more than any other country. Each Miss USA winner lives in the Miss USA apartment in New York City, New York, for her year of service with the Miss Universe Organization.

Miss USA 2017, Kára McCullough Photo: Miss USA Facebook

Miss USA 2017, Kára McCullough. Photo: Miss USA Facebook

2. Miss Universe

The Miss Universe pageant took the top spot as the Best International Pageant of 2017. The organization was founded in 1952 by Pacific Knitting Mills. The 66th Miss Universe titleholder, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, was crowned in November 2017. This pageant is perfect for Miss contestants looking to break into the modeling world. The winner instantly becomes represented by WME IMG, an international modeling agency, and stays in the Miss Universe apartment in New York City, New York, rent-free for her year of service. 

Miss Universe 2017, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters Photo: Miss Universe Facebook

Miss Universe 2017, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. Photo: Miss Universe Facebook

1. Miss Earth

Voted as number two on the Best International Pageants of 2017 list, the Miss Earth pageant takes the top spot as the Best Miss Pageant of 2017. Since its 2001 founding, this pageant has focused on environmentally conscious initiatives and crowned its 17th winner, Karen Ibasco, this year in Manila, Philippines. The Miss Earth pageant is the only pageant to host an Eco-Fashion Design Competition where professional and non-professional fashion designers use recyclables, natural materials and organic materials to create eco-fashion outfits.

Miss Earth 2017, Karen Ibasco Photo: Miss Earth Facebook

Miss Earth 2017, Karen Ibasco. Photo: Miss Earth Facebook

 

Top 10 Ms. Pageants of 2017

10. Global United Pageant

This international pageant strives to highlight women who have true beauty within. The Global United Director, Wendy Lindberg, aims for her system to be a family unit that fosters a strong sense of belonging among its titleholders.

With a strong emphasis on service, titleholders, each Global United crown has a dimensional gold ribbon in the crown to represent Childhood Cancer Awareness. Each applicant in the pageant must submit a list of charitable organizations they would wish to partner with. When a new titleholder is selected, one of the charities on her list will receive at least a $50 donation in her honor.

Lucinda du Plessis, Ms. Global United 2017-2018 Photo: Lucinda du Plessis

Lucinda du Plessis, Ms. Global United 2017-2018. Photo: Lucinda du Plessis

9. Ms. America

Ms. America, Ms. America International and Miss International are all crowned at the Ms. America pageant. The competition is split into the four categories of interview, sportswear, evening gown and finalist onstage question, all equally judged as 25 percent of the contestant's final score. All contestants vying for the title of Ms. America and Ms. International must be age 26 or older to compete. The additional title of Ms. America International is strictly given to a contestant age 40 or older. Marital status is irrelevant. Contestants may be single, married, divorced or widowed. The pageant is branded as classy, conservative, elegant and business professional.

Oksana Vovk, Ms. America 2017 Photo: Daniel and Diana Pham

Oksana Vovk, Ms. America 2017. Photo: Daniel and Diana Pham

8. Ms. American Royalty USA

Ms. American Royalty USA is for women ages 24-39. This system prides itself on being the perfect fit for a wide range of experience levels. It doesn't matter if you're a newcomer or a pageant pro, you will be welcome at Ms. American Royalty. Ms. American Royalty is strongly centered on community service and hopes the contestants will gain character, courage, confidence and the desire to make a difference in the lives of others throughout their journey with the system. Christina Askren, Miss American Royalty USA 2017 Photo: Rickey Smith

A Ms. American Royalty USA titleholder. Photo: Rickey Smith

7. Ms. Royalty International

The Ms. Royalty International pageant is comprised of three areas of competition. The contestants compete in interview, evening gown and fashion wear. Interviews are conducted panel style and, uniquely, the contestant is seated during the interview. The Ms. Royalty International system is the largest growing international pageant system and prides itself on professionalism. Contestants rave about the pageant on their personal social media pages. A lot of Ms. Royalty International's success is due to its executive director Cheryl Smukowski, who is very well liked among contestants and throughout the pageant world.

Sylvia Leszanczuk, Ms. Royalty International 2017 Photo: Sylvia Leszanczuk

Sylvia Leszanczuk, Ms. Royalty International 2017. Photo: Sylvia Leszanczuk

6. Pure International Ms.

Pure International Ms. is for pageant contestants ages 30 to 44. Marital status is irrelevant. The women may be single, married, divorced or widowed. The required competitions are self introductions, personal interview, modeling and formal wear. There are also several optional competitions for contestants to join, but they do not impact the final results of the pageant. This system's beautiful crowns are designed by the Pure International director, Pat Miller. Every crown design contains a cross and is elegant and unique.

Chinna Crittenden-Rogan, Pure International Ms. 2017 Photo: Chinna Crittenden-Rogan

Chinna Crittenden-Rogan, Pure International Ms. 2017. Photo: Chinna Crittenden-Rogan

5. Ms. Woman of Achievement

Woman of Achievement believes in rewarding women for making a difference. The system is highly focused on platform boasting the mantra, "Your platform is our passion!" Each individual contestant is judged on personal interview, platform interview, creative expression/speech, evening gown and fitness. The separation of personal interview and platform interview is unique to this organization.

Tamara-Michele Cline, Ms. United States Woman of Achievement 2018 Photo: Tamara-Michele Cline

Tamara-Michele Cline, Ms. United States Woman of Achievement 2018. Photo: Tamara-Michele Cline

4. USA Ambassador Ms.

USA Ambassador Ms. is driven by a love for charity and the desire to help others. The organization promotes success through leadership, integrity, character and confidence. USA Ambassador Ms. must be 26 or older to compete. The ladies compete in fashion wear, evening wear, interview and onstage conversation. The onstage conversation is unique to the USA Ambassador system. It is a great way for the judges and audience members to simultaneously get to know a contestant. 

2017 USA Ambassador Pageant titleholders Photo: USA Ambassador Pageant

2017 USA Ambassador Pageant titleholders. Photo: USA Ambassador Pageant

3. Ms. World

Women ages 26 and over can compete for one of the many Ms. World titles. The contestants compete in evening gown, fitness wear and interview. Ms. World aims to encourage and empower the women of today. With the current conversation of women empowerment in the workplace, this mission could not be more relevant. Ms. World is a partner of The National Organization for Women's Safety Awareness. This system is wonderful because every aspect of both the competition and the titleholders' reigns revolve around the idea of encouraging the women of today while working toward making this world a better place for the women of tomorrow.

Lidia Szczepanowski, Ms. World 2017-2018 Photo: Ms. World

Lidia Szczepanowski, Ms. World 2017-2018. Photo: Ms. World

2. World's Perfect

World's Perfect Woman is for women ages 30-49. World's Perfect Classic Woman is for women ages 50 and beyond. World's Perfect is different from the other systems mentioned because it is a model search. Titleholders have the potential to find modeling work through this system. That is one of the main selling points of the World's Perfect Pageant and Model Search. The areas of competition are unique. Each woman will compete in fashion walk with onstage question, summer fashion and formal attire.

World's Perfect 2017-2018 titleholders Photo: World's Perfect Pageant and Model Search

World's Perfect 2017-2018 titleholders. Photo: World's Perfect Pageant and Model Search

1. International Ms. 

With the mission to "connect and celebrate women of enterprise and elegance," International Ms. stands as a very respected pageant system. The winner of the International Ms. pageant receives a $2,500 grant to put toward her business or cause. This system sews into the future of its contestants. The ladies competing in this competition must be age 26-39. This competition includes an intro video, multimedia, photogenic, interview, runway, resort wear, evening gown and onstage question portions. This diverse competition is wonderful for women looking to elevate themselves and their careers.

Lisa Van Orden, 2018 International Ms. Photo: International Ms.

Lisa Van Orden, 2018 International Ms.. Photo: International Ms.

 

Top 10 Mrs. Pageants of 2017

10. American Woman of Service

American Women of Service is built on "women making a difference through civic and community service." Contestants are scored in four categories. Interview counts for 40 percent of the score, out of town fashion is worth 20 percent and evening gown is worth 30 percent. For the remaining 10 percent of the score, contestants are asked to enter at least one optional category. These include photogenic, role model, personal platform presentation, bully awareness writing, non-performance talent and American theme wear.

The pageant's national platform is UNITE Against Bullying supporting the Crown CARES (Creating a Respectful Environment in Society). The platform is dedicated to bringing awareness to bullying across the country.

Mrs American Woman of Service 2017 Andrea Dee Perreault. Photo: Jamie Bard Dube

Mrs. American Woman of Service 2017 Andrea Dee Perreault. Photo: Jamie Bard Dube

9. Woman of Achievement

With a huge focus on community service, Woman of Achievement is "where your platform is our passion." The pageant aims to recognize outstanding women and organizations for their work in their communities. The pageant gives all women the opportunity to earn grants for community service, recognition for academic excellence and self-improvement through the arts and public speaking. Contestants are also given opportunities to attend networking events and an annual leadership luncheon. 

Contestants are also asked to a take a pledge as a titleholder. By taking the pledge, titleholders promise to be dependable, support their sister queens and remain timely in communications with the organization.

Mrs. U.S. Woman of Achievement 2017, Lindsay Gorske. Photo U.S. Woman of Achievement Pageant

Mrs. U.S. Woman of Achievement 2017, Lindsay Gorske. Photo U.S. Woman of Achievement Pageant

8. Mrs. United States

Founded 30 years ago by Isabella Ilaqua, Mrs. United States is meant to "honor and pay tribute to these special women, who often play many roles as wife, mother, homemaker, and professional, with resilience and flair uncommonly found elsewhere."

The pageant has been recognized for its extensive prize package. The winner of Mrs. United States receives multiple modeling opportunities, appearances and tons of gifts from sponsors.

Mrs. United States 2017, Lauren Ziegler. Photo: Goodwin Photography

Mrs. United States 2017, Lauren Ziegler. Photo: Goodwin Photography

7. Mrs. India Homemakers

Mrs. India Homemakers is "India's first ever contest to appreciate, recognize and reward the contemporary Indian women for their homemaking skills." Married women from the areas of Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Faridabad and Ghaziabad who are at least 21 years old are eligible to compete.

There are a whopping 2,000 candidates on the first day of the pageant. On day three of the competition, the women compete in the preliminary interview round. The interview lasts eight to 10 minutes with only the top 200 advancing to compete in seven more rounds of competition: family interaction, Antakshari, contestants and participants interaction, Talent Round, Cooking, Husband’s Interaction and kid’s interaction. More candidates are cut after each round until only the Top 25 remain to compete on the final.

Mrs. India Home Maker 2018, Anjali Raut. Photo: Mrs. India Home Maker Facebook Page

Mrs. India Homemaker 2018, Anjali Raut. Photo: Mrs. India Homemaker Facebook Page

6. Mrs. Globe

Mrs. Globe launched in 1996 is currently the largest international pageant for Mrs. contestants. In 2017, the pageant had over 70 authentic international delegates competing. Mrs. Globe describes itself as “a celebration of beauty, culture and charity for women.” Using a preferential ballot system, contestants compete in personality profile, swimsuit and evening gown. 

Mrs. Globe 2017, Tatyana Lavrinovic. Photo: Mrs. Globe official website

Mrs. Globe 2017, Tatyana Lavrinovic. Photo: Mrs. Globe official website

5. Mrs. Earth

This pageant combines brains and beauty of women while focusing on conversation. Mrs. Earth challenges contestant to use their role as a Mrs. titleholder to raise awareness about the importance of preserving the Earth for future generations. Contestants compete in a number of events and competitions before the winner is crowned on coronation night.

Mrs. Earth 2017 Robyn Morrison-Charlesworth. Photo: Ms/Mrs Earth UK Facebook page

Mrs. Earth 2017, Robyn Morrison-Charlesworth. Photo: Stacey Clarke/Ms./Mrs. Earth UK Facebook page

4. Mrs. US Universal

This is another pageant with a huge focus on community service and communication. At Mrs. US Universal, titleholders participate in the President's Volunteer Service Award Program. This gives titleholders a chance to be recognized by the President of the United States for their hard work throughout their communities.

The pageant prides itself on "integrity, values, consistency, and one that goes above and beyond any other pageant that you’ve been a part of before.” Interview is the most important part of the competition as it counts for 50 percent of the final store. Fitness and formal wear count for 20 percent while the remaining 10 percent is left to the on-stage question.

Mrs. US Universal 2017, Charmaine Pinkerton. Photo: Christopher Tierney Photography

Mrs. USA Universal 2017, Charmaine Pinkerton. Photo: Christopher Tierney Photography

3. Mrs. America

The Mrs. America pageant was founded in 1977 with the purpose of showcasing the modern, married American woman. This is another pageant with a heavy emphasis on interview as it counts for 50 percent of the final score. The remaining categories include swimsuit and evening gown, which each count for 25 percent of the final score. The winner of Mrs. America moves on to compete for the international title of Mrs. World.

Mrs. America 2018 Mekayla Eppers. Photo: Mrs. America Facebook page

Mrs. America 2018 Mekayla Eppers. Photo: Mrs. America Facebook page

2. Mrs. International

Founded 30 years ago, Mrs. International is an "organization with integrity, high ethical standards, and consistent application of its rules and regulations." The pageant is open to women ages 21 to 56 who have been married at least six months. Each contestant competes in the interview competition, which is valued for 50 percent of the overall score, evening gown, valued for 25 percent, and fitness wear for 25 percent. 

Community service and platform work play a huge part in this system. The pageant has a partnership with the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign and states its mission is to “make a difference.” Husbands also play a huge roll in this pageant. They not only do they escort their wives on stage during evening gown but the winner's husband gets to assist with her crowning.

Mrs. International 2017, Melissa Pocza. Paula Preston Photography

Mrs. International 2017, Melissa Pocza. Photo: Paula Preston Photography

1. Mrs. World

For the second year in a row, Mrs. World tops the list as the number one pageant for married women. The pageant states it is a leading example of "epitomized excellence, professionalism and the celebration of family values."

The pageant was started in 1983 as a result of the Mrs. America pageant. Since then, thousands of women from eighty countries have competed for a shot at the title.  The pageant went through some name changes in the 1980s. The competition was called Mrs. Woman of the World in 18984, 1986 and 1987. There was no pageant held in 1995 and 1990-1994. 

Mrs. World 2017 Alice Lee Glannetta. Photo: Sean Levitt

Mrs. World 2017, Alice Lee Glannetta. Photo: Sean Levitt

There is a pageant out there for every married woman! While every Mrs. pageant supports the goals and ambitions for married women, these 10 topped the list this year. Looking for a Mrs. system of your own to enter in the new year? Visit Pageant Planet's Directory to find the one for you.

 

Top 10 Male Pageants of 2017

10. Mister Global Teen

Mister Global Teen Pageant is an affiliated pageant of the Mister Global Limited. It is open to all young men between the ages of 14 and 19 around the world. The Mister Global Teen Pageant strives to "promote creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement” for teens across the world. This year, the pageant will crown its third Mister Global Teen titleholder!

Mister Global Teen Myanmar 2017, Zaw Shine Htet Photo: Mister Global Teen

Mister Global Teen Myanmar 2017, Zaw Shine Htet. Photo: Mister Global Teen

9. Mister Universal Ambassador

The Mister Universal Ambassador contestants compete in five categories, including world speech contestant, universal fashion festival, talent, sport and portfolio presentation. The 2017 pageant drew contestants from 18 different countries across the world. Not only is a Top 10 selected, but the pageant also hands out Mister Congeniality, Mister Photogenic and Best National Costume awards!

Mister Universal Ambassador 2017, Luong Gia Huy. Photo: misteruniversalambassador.com

Mister Universal Ambassador 2017, Luong Gia Huy. Photo: misteruniversalambassador.com

8. Mister Tourism World

Founded in 2016, Mister Tourism World (MTW) is a global brand owned by Czarina Production Ltd, which aims to inspire the young generation it works with through the spirit of cooperation and social responsibility. It prides itself on being an international celebration of male beauty, fashion, tourism and a platform of giving back to the local communities. This pageant wants its contestants to be"charmingly cultured" individuals from ranging heritages, ethnicities and religious beliefs.

Mister Tourism World 2017 Finalists Photo: Mister Tourism World

Mister Tourism World 2017 Finalists. Photo: Mister Tourism World

7. Mr. Gay World

The first Mr. Gay World competition took place in Canada in 2009 and welcomed 24 contestants to compete for the title. There have been 10 titleholders to take home the Mr. Gay World title after competing in sports, photogenic, a written test, interview, campaign challenge, fashion, social media, swimwear, formal wear, national costume, onstage question and online vote. Each Mr. Gay World will not only have, "inner beauty of confidence, self-assurance, charisma and natural leadership abilities, but he will also take care of his outward beauty." 

Mr. Gay World 2017, John Raspado Photo: Mr. Gay World

Mr. Gay World 2017, John Raspado. Photo: Mr. Gay World

6. Mister Model International

The Mister Model International pageant hosts three events, including Men's Fashion Week, Master of the Mister and the international pageant. The competition is produced by the TIM Management Group, which produces other pageants in the United States, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Argentina and Nicaragua.

Mister Model International 2016, Narapat Sakunsong Photo: Mister Model International

Mister Model International 2016, Narapat Sakunsong. Photo: Mister Model International

5. Mister Supranational

The Mister Supranational pageant wants to "revolutionize the industry, being the first competition of this nature to have a super modern and high fashion television production." The first Mister Supranational pageant took place in Poland and attracted 36 contestants. The pageant is owned and produced by World Beauty Association, which also owns the Miss Supranational pageant. 

Mister Supranational 2017, Gabriel Correa Photo: Mister Supranational Facebook

Mister Supranational 2017, Gabriel Correa. Photo: Mister Supranational Facebook

4. Mister Universe Model

The Mister Universe Model (or Men Universe Model) pageant is a competition that helps young men from across the globe launch a career in fitness and modeling. This competition draws about 50 competitors from across the world each year to compete for the Mister Universe Model title.

Mister Universe Model 2017, Kevin Montes Photo: Men Universe Models

Mister Universe Model 2017, Kevin Montes. Photo: Men Universe Models

3. Mister World

The Mr. World competition is a 2-3 week long event in which contestants participate in five different challenges, including fashion and style, the extreme challenge, the multi-media award, the sports challenge and the talent competition. The winners of each of these challenges place automatically in the Top 10. The organization wants its winner to be a "well-rounded individual with good looks, physical strength, charisma, charm and a strong personality." 

Mr. World 2016, Rohit Khandelwal. Photo: Mr World Facebook

Mr. World 2016, Rohit Khandelwal. Photo: Mr. World Facebook

2. Mister International

The Mister International pageant is all about inclusivity and diversity while welcoming thousands of men across the world to participate in its events. The organization's goal is "to provide the tools which help men to be their personal best," and it stresses that self-confidence is the key to success. This is one of the best pageants for men ages 18-29 to sign up for if they are looking to get something more out of pageantry.

Mister International 2016, Paul Iskandar. Photo: Mister International

Mister International 2016, Paul Iskandar. Photo: Mister International

1. Mister Global

The Mister Global pageant, "motivates every man to be their personal best, self-assured, and personify the company’s goal of having handsomeness, attitude and intelligence." Contestants compete in four categories, including fashion wear, swimwear, evening wear and interview. The Mister Global pageant is in its third year and is rapidly growing in popularity!

Mister Global 2017, Pedro Henrique Gicca. Photo: Mister Global

Mister Global 2017, Pedro Henrique Gicca. Photo: Mister Global

Congratulations to all the male pageants who stick out in a growing industry and go above and beyond for their contestants! Thank you to all those who nominated these wonderful pageants as the best in pageantry!

 

Top 10 State Pageants of 2017

10. Teen/Miss/Mrs. Texas International 

The Teen, Miss and Mrs. Texas International pageant is the state pageant that qualifies titleholders from Texas to compete at the Teen, Miss and Mrs. International pageant. Women ages 13-56 from across the state can compete for the opportunity to represent their state at the international pageant. Contestants compete in interview, evening gown, fitness wear, fun fashion wear and onstage question.

"The Texas International pageant took on a new level of glamour and excitement this year under its new director, Samantha Riddle, a former Miss International. From the all white stage, the runway cascading into the audience and the explosion of confetti during the crowning moments... each element of show flowed seamlessly into a remarkable one of a kind production. The show had 75 contestants and the 3 new queens won photoshoots, custom gowns, tanning, jewelry, scholarships, and much more, a prize package rivaling any national pageant. Judges included former Miss USA, Nia Sanchez & Former Miss America Mallory Hagan along with their fabulous host, former Miss International Jesse Ladoue. The ladies were treated to a glamorous weekend, including a Go Red Formal Dinner, Pajama Party and Makeup Lesson by Austin Ryde during their pageant workshop!"

Teen, Miss and Mrs. Texas International 2017 Titleholders Photo: Austin Ryde

Teen, Miss and Mrs. Texas International 2017 Titleholders. Photo: Austin Ryde

9. Miss New England Coed

The Miss New England Coed pageant is the regional pageant for contestants ages 3-22 from Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. The winners of this pageant go on to compete at the Miss American Coed national pageant in November each year. Each titleholder receives an American Coed Crown, Banner, Trophy, a $300 travel allowance to Orlando, a cash prize and sponsor gifts. The Miss American Coed system is a family-friendly pageant system with pageants across the United States!

"Michelle Landry took on the role as pageant director in 2012, which was the same year I won my title," one staff member wrote. "She guided me, coached me, and was there all along the way to prepare me for nationals, and her dedication got me into the Top 10. She always runs an honest, family-friendly pageant, and you will never hear 'this was fixed' at her pageant because her judges are briefed genuinely. I am now a member of the staff because I loved the environment Michelle created so much. She is so deserving to win this honor, as is her pageant."

2017 Miss New England Coed titleholders Photo: Ashley Lynn Photography

2017 Miss New England Coed titleholders. Photo: Ashley Lynn Photography

8. Miss Minnesota United States

Miss Minnesota United States Pageant wants to "provide a life-changing experience for the young ladies across our beautiful state of Minnesota" and is proud to be all about its contestants. The pageant strives to provide a place for its contestants to discuss and present their intellect, moral character and personal engagement. The Miss Minnesota United States pageant directors, Bill and Vicki Randall, were also chosen as number six of the Top 10 State Pageant Directors of 2017!

"Bill and Vicki have given me everything I need to succeed," one contestant wrote. "They took me in when I was shy and timid at 13 years old. Here I am almost three years later. Holding a title with this organization has taught me to be courageous and strong with all I do, thanks to Bill and Vicki."

2017 Miss Minnesota United States titleholders Photo:

2017 Miss Minnesota United States titleholders. Photo: Life Like Photo Studio

7. New Brunswick Canada Miss Teen Atlantic Canada Pageant

The New Brunswick Canada Miss Teen Atlantic Canada Pageant empowers women to gain the confidence they need to achieve their personal best. It believes that "A confident woman has the power to make real change, starting in her local community with the potential to go further."

"The choreography is always remarkable, Michel Belliveau definitely has a talent as choreographer," one nomination read. "I also don’t know where he finds his MC’s, dancers and musical talent, but again, always shocking to see how great the entertainment is. The contestants are always ready and professional. He must have the contestants spend many hours in rehearsals because the contestants look relaxed and flawless. They actually are enjoying themselves, which is refreshing, to say the least."

Miss Teen Atlantic Canda Winners Photo:

Miss Teen Atlantic Canda Winners. Photo: Tanya Everett Photography

6. Alabama's Southern Miss

Alabama's Southern Miss was founded in 2006 and aims to provide "a fair, fun and affordable pageant experience for girls across the state of Alabama." This pageant prides itself on being a great stepping stone to other pageants and promotes self-confidence, community service and academic achievement.

"Alabama's Southern Miss, run by Doreen Mink, has been the best thing to happen to my daughter in the pageant world," wrote one nominator. "Doreen strives to keep the pageant fair, fun and affordable (a rarity in this 'sport.') ALL of the girls (not just the queens) are encouraged to participate in activities throughout the year, and the girls are making a big impact in their communities through service. Because of Doreen's focus on service, my daughter has found her passion and platform."

2017 Little Alabama's Southern Miss Photo: Alabama's Southern Miss Facebook

2017 Little Alabama's Southern Miss. Photo: Alabama's Southern Miss Facebook

5. California Junior High, High School and Collegiate America

The California Junior High, High School and Collegiate America pageant comes with a national pageant-ready prize package. From a paid national entry fee to wardrobe to graphic designs throughout the year, the California titleholders are set to take on the national competition. The pageant also has some incredible sponsors, like PreVue Formal & Bridal, which was ranked number one in the Top 10 Prom Stores of 2017!

"Shaken Kernop and Kara Knudsen are simply the best state directors in the industry," one nomination read. "Their most recent California Elementary, Jr. High, High School, Collegiate Pageant was well-organized and professionally executed. The level of detail given to the show and to the entire weekend for the girls was so appreciated by everyone. Even with the various age levels, all activities were inclusive and everyone had a blast. There were rehearsals but everyone took time out to have fun as well. There was a Build-a-Bear event, a pink PJ party with music, picture booth, group activities and even a beautifully decorated pink cake with a crown topper! What's not to love!"

2018 Miss California Jr. High, High School, and Collegiate America titleholders Photo: Steve Drury

2018 Miss California Jr. High, High School, and Collegiate America titleholders. Photo: Steve Drury

4. Miss Magnolia State

The Miss Magnolia State pageant has local competitions year-round for women to qualify to compete at the state pageant in November. The mission of the Miss Magnolia State pageant is "to crown winners who are respectable, intelligent, attractive and have a desire to be role models for the state." Contestants compete in personal interview with the judges, casual wear competition and evening gown competition.

"Age, race, shape, size or religion does not play a factor into who wins," one nomination read. "We had a 72-year-old lady win the Mrs. division in 2013! There is also a sisterhood that forms within this system. I met one of my best friends back in 2013 because of competing in this pageant!"

Miss Central Mississippi Magnolia State Pageant Preliminary Winners Photo: Miss Magnolia State

Miss Central Mississippi Magnolia State Pageant Preliminary Winners. Photo: Miss Magnolia State

3. Miss Minnesota USA

The Miss Minnesota USA pageant has been produced by Future Productions, LLC since 2003. Denise Wallace and Craig Heitkamp, owners of Future Productions, serve as the state co-directors for the pageant. Future Productions also produces Miss USA State pageants for South Dakota, Wyoming, Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado and North Dakota and is the only organization to produce seven state pageants. The prize package for Miss Minnesota USA covers everything the next titleholder needs to succeed at Miss USA and more! From dental care to national wardrobe to skin care and airbrush tans, Miss Minnesota USA is definitely ready to hit the national stage. This year, Mikayla Holmgren made history at Miss Minnesota USA 2018 by becoming the first woman with down syndrome to compete at a Miss USA state pageant. 

Miss Minnesota USA 2018, Kalie Wright Photo: Future Productions, LLC

Miss Minnesota USA 2018, Kalie Wright. Photo: Future Productions, LLC

2. USA National Miss Maine

The USA National Miss Maine pageant is a preliminary competition to attend the USA National Miss national pageant. To compete at the Maine state pageant, contestants register for a local competition. The pageant is open to contestants ages 4-25. Deb Landry, the state director for UNM Maine, was also voted number two in the Best State Pageant Directors of 2017!

"Deb Landry had 92 contestants in her state pageant this year, making it the largest state pageant at USA National Miss and in UNM's history," one nomination read. "She goes above and beyond to produce a quality program that empowers young women and provides them with opportunities."

2018 USA National Miss titleholders Photo: USA National Miss Maine Facebook

2018 USA National Miss titleholders. Photo: USA National Miss Maine Facebook

1. SK Pageants

SK Pageants is a semi-natural system in the middle and north Georgia areas. There are local pageants, which have different themes, held all year long and a state pageant that takes place in January each year. At the state pageant, eight girls, ranging from ages two through 25+, are crowned Miss Georgia.

"Crissy Alter and Stephanie Hollis are amazing directors," one nomination read. "They not only spoil their queens all year long but the moms too! Not many directors think about the person behind the visits, but they do and it feels great to be appreciated! The personal touches and details that go into everything they do are noticed and its what sets them apart from other systems. Things many may not notice until they compete in other pageants that lack those details."

Miss Georgia 2017 titleholders. Photo: SK Pageants

Miss Georgia 2017 titleholders. Photo: SK Pageants

Congratulations to all the best state pageants of 2017 and the directors who put a lot of effort into providing the best for their contestants! If you're looking for a state pageant to compete in, check out these pageants for 2018!

 

Top 10 National Pageants of 2017

10. USA Ambassador

Recognized for its commitment to community service, USA Ambassador was founded in the fall of 2010 and crowns seven age division titles and three community service titles. Prizes include various paid for trips to Miss America, Disney and a cruise, as well as a mission trip for the community service queens.

ge divisions for USA Ambassador range from  Jr. Preteen, ages 7-9, to Ms., ages 26 and up. There is also a Mrs. division.

USA Ambassador 2017 titleholders. Photo: usaambassador.com

USA Ambassador 2017 titleholders. Photo: usaambassador.com

9. American Pageants

American Pageants, Inc. began in 1983 and has expanded its age divisions to grow its program. It stands out from the crowd for its commitment to being completely different from traditional pageants in that there is no swimsuit or fitness competition. Instead, contestants are judged on their scholastic achievements, community involvement, interview, poise, personal development and are given a general awareness test. Contestants are also tasked with hosting an inclusion event. American Pageants, Inc. is no longer just for Teens. The system announced the addition of four age divisions this past year, serving girls and young women ages 7-26.

American Pageants 2018 titleholders. Photo: americanpageants.org

American Pageants 2018 titleholders. Photo: americanpageants.org

8. Mrs. America

The pageant that leads the way to Mrs. World, Mrs. America was created 42 years ago to celebrate the uniqueness of the married woman. This year, Mrs. America sent three representatives to Mrs. World with Mrs. of the Americas placing in the Top 6 and Mrs. America placing in the Top 12.

Despite being around for 42 years, it is still the Mrs. pageant that sets the standard for all other Mrs. pageants out there. It mirrors Miss America in many aspects, minus the talent competition. To compete in Mrs. America, you must be married and at least 18 years of age.

Mrs. America, Mrs. of America, and Mrs. of the America's 2018 at Mrs. World 2018. Photo: Charity Majors, Mrs. of the America's Instagram/Mo Sparks Productions

Mrs. America, Mrs. of America, and Mrs. of the Americas 2018 at Mrs. World 2018. Photo: Charity Majors, Mrs. of the Americas Instagram/Mo Sparks Productions

7. Nuestra Belleza/Mexicana Universal

Responsible for selecting the country's candidates to Miss Universe and Miss International, Mexicana Universal has been held annually since 1994 and such responsibility means it's a standout from all others in Mexico. It is also lead by the country's first Miss Universe titleholder, Lupita Jones.

Eligibility requirements to compete include having a Mexican nationality, being between the ages of 18-25 and at least 1.68 meters without shoes. Additionally, contestants must have completed school, have basic knowledge of the English language and be able to develop some sort of talent, including but not limited to singing, dancing and acting. As with most Miss pageants, hopefuls must not have been married, not a mother and not pregnant. Another requirement? Contestants must have outstanding facial and bodily beauty.

Miss Universe Mexico 2017. Photo: mexicanauniversal.com

Miss Universe Mexico 2017. Photo: mexicanauniversal.com

6. Miss High School America

Possibly known for having first crowned Savvy Shields, Miss America 2017, as Miss Collegiate America 2013, Miss High School America has also featured names like Savannah Chrisley, who represented California at Miss High School America 2014. She went on to win Miss Tennessee Teen USA in 2016.

In addition to Miss High School America and Miss Collegiate America, the system also crowns a Miss Junior High School America. The pageant is unique in its recognition of young women by the scholastic years rather than ages. A junior high aged girl is very different in maturity from a high school young lady or a collegiate woman, and these age groups are often grouped and overlapped in other systems.

Jr. High, High School and Collegiate America 2017 titleholders. Photo: Miss Junior High School America Pageant Facebook

Jr. High, High School and Collegiate America 2017 titleholders. Photo: Miss Junior High School America Pageant Facebook

5. USA National Miss

Founded in August 2010, USA National Miss boasts age divisions for girls ages 4-25. It has been featured in multiple pageant media sources and in MTV's Made. In addition to promoting their own personal platforms, titleholders are also tasked with spreading the pageant's national platform, The Crown CARES (Creating A Respectful Environment in Schools), encouraging bullying awareness and prevention.

USA National Miss has sought to make the reigns of their queens unique all year through special events and opportunities that get the titleholders out in front of the crowd while growing their own resumes.

USA National Miss 2017 titleholders. Photo: USA National Miss Facebook page.

USA National Miss 2017 titleholders. Photo: USA National Miss Facebook

4. Miss America

The one that started them all, Miss America first took place as a "Bathing Beauty Revue" on September 8, 1921, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Years later, Miss America gave birth to Miss USA. The pageant has been no stranger to controversy over the years, from losing television contracts and sponsors to questionable state and local organization practices and email scandals. Yet, even with 2017 ending with some startling behind-the-scenes news that could have destroyed the system, forever Miss Americas and reigning titleholders have taken the reigns to keep it and its mission to provide scholarships for young women and awareness to their platforms and the national platform of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals alive.

All Miss America contestants first must win a local pageant and then compete at and win their state title to advance to the Miss America stage. There has been speculation of an age limit increase. Young ladies ages 17-24 are currently eligible to compete.

Additional eligibility requirements include being a United States citizen, meeting residency requirements in a certain city or state to qualify for local and state pageants, meeting character criteria set forth by MAO, being in reasonably good health to meet the job requirements, and being able to meet the time commitment and job responsibilities set forth by the local, state and national competitions in which you compete.

Cara Mund, Miss America 2018, visiting children at a CMN hospital. Photo: Miss America Organization Facebook page.

Cara Mund, Miss America 2018, visiting children at a CMN hospital. Photo: Miss America Organization Facebook

3. Binibining Pilipinas

Binibining Pilipinas launched in 1964 and doesn't just crown one titleholder; this pageant selects the Filipina representative to Miss Universe and Miss International as well as Miss Supranational, Miss Intercontinental, Miss Grand International and Miss Globe. The Filipino people are devoted pageant fans and followers and support their favorite contestants and pageant systems much like how American's support their favorite sports teams. The system is huge in the eyes of the international pageant world, as it should be, crowning and supporting so many representatives to represent the country on the world stage.

To qualify and meet the age ranges for most international pageants that Binibining Pilipinas serves, contestants must be between 17-26 at the time of the pageant.

Binibining Pilipinas 2017 titleholders. Photo: Binibining Pilipinas Facebook page.

Binibining Pilipinas 2017 titleholders. Photo: Binibining Pilipinas Facebook

2. Miss USA

Perhaps the most glamorous on the list, we have Miss America to thank for bringing us Miss USA in 1952 when Miss America 1951 refused to pose for promotional photos in a swimsuit for the sponsor. Miss Universe was held concurrently with Miss USA in 1952. Today, Miss USA has also undergone ownership changes and some rebranding, including expanding the age limit, in recent years since being owned by current US President Donald Trump from 1996-2015. Larger states host preliminaries to the state pageants, but for the large part, you just have to enter and win your state pageant to have a shot at the national crown.

Miss USA is always a top contender at Miss Universe and a pageant American viewers look forward to every year. Fans want to see everything, from the often insanely glamorous photoshoots that have been toned down to be more natural in recent years to the ever-exciting crowning moment. The Miss USA contestants break the mold with unique swimsuit styles and natural hair styling, proving 2017 was the year of the girl. To qualify for Miss USA, you must have been born between 1990-1999, and for Miss Teen USA 1999-2003.

Kara McCullough, Miss USA 2017. Photo: missuniverse.com/missusa

Kara McCullough, Miss USA 2017. Photo: missuniverse.com/missusa

1. National American Miss

The pageant that sends girls a letter inviting them to apply and even hosts a separate national pageant for those who placed first through fourth runners-up in the state pageant, National American Miss has exploded onto the national stage. Kira Kazantsev, Miss America 2015, even competed at NAM in 2012 and won first runner-up. The pageant's sisterhood is called the "NAMily," and entire families head to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, to spend Thanksgiving and compete in optionals, required competitions and fun events throughout the week.

There are many girls who compete in NAM and it is a huge event. The hotel is crawling with girls in poofy dresses and bright smiles. The entire week is about growing as a person and any girl who says, "I want to come back next year," before the week is even over is a pretty good telltale sign that a system has struck gold. Girls wishing to compete in National American Miss must be between the ages of 4-20.

National American Miss 2017-2018, Jodran Meachum. Photo: Facebook/Rod Aberegg

National American Miss 2017-2018, Jordan Meachum. Photo: Facebook/Rod Aberegg

 

Many of us dream of competing on an international stage, but choosing which international pageant system to participate in can be difficult. These 10 international pageant systems are regarded as giving the best experiences to their contestants and titleholders and may be a great choice for the 2018 pageant season!

Top 10 International Pageants of 2017

10. Global Elite Miss

The Global Elite Miss pageant, formerly Dream Girls USA, is an inclusive pageant system welcoming girls ages 0-100 from across the world. The system focuses on self-confidence, public speaking and community service. It prides itself on being a family-oriented pageant system, so if you're looking for your next pageant, make sure you check out the Global Elite Miss pageant!

2017 Global Elite Miss Queens Photo: Global Elite Miss

2017 Global Elite Miss queens. Photo: Global Elite Miss

9. World's Perfect Miss

The World's Perfect pageant has seven divisions, including Preteen, Junior Teen, Teen, Miss, Woman, Classic Woman and Man. Contestants compete in Fashion Walk and Onstage Question, Swimwear Fashion and Formal Attire for the Junior Teen, Teen and Miss titles. Preteen, Woman and Classic Woman contestants compete in Fashion Walk and Onstage Question, Summer Fashion and Formal Attire. The prize package includes a cash prize, scholarship, photoshoots, a modeling contract and more!

World's Perfect Miss 2017 Titleholders Photo: World's Perfect Miss

World's Perfect Miss 2017 Titleholders. Photo: World's Perfect Miss

8. International Cinderella Scholarship Program

The International Cinderella Scholarship Program, founded in 1976, has championed the need and value of higher education for women during its 40-year history. The pageant awards five international titles at its elaborate international pageant each year. Its first international pageant had a production budget of $100,000 and set a new standard for youth pageant production worldwide.

2017-2018 International Royalty Photo: International Cinderella Pageants

2017-2018 International Royalty. Photo: International Cinderella Pageants

7. International Junior Miss

International Junior Miss is a scholarship program for women ages 4-24 and is known for having an incredible prize package. Each international queen receives $7,000 in cash, opportunities to travel the world, gifts from sponsors and more upon winning the title. There are also cash awards for many of the optional contestant winners as well. Contestants and winners work with sponsors like Lu Sierra, Lasting Impressions and many more! With its 10th anniversary, the program will be moving into a new office to accommodate its growing popularity.

Photo: Photographic Vision

Photo: Photographic Vision

6. Mrs. World

The Mrs. World pageant is considered the premiere pageant for married women with a focus on excellence, professionalism and the celebration of family values. The pageant recently crowned its winner, Alice Lee Giannetta from New York, at the 2017 pageant in South Africa.

Mrs. World 2018, Alice Lee Giannetta Photo: Mrs. World Facebook

Mrs. World 2018, Alice Lee Giannetta. Photo: Mrs. World Facebook

  5. Miss Supranational

Another relatively young pageant with fast fame is the Miss Supranational pageant. Since its founding in 2009 with just 40 contestants, the pageant has doubled its numbers and continues to gain support and popularity. The most recent telecast of the show was viewed by over 100 million people in 120 countries worldwide and saw the crowning of the 8th winner, Jenny Kim, who walked away with $30,000 in prize money.

Miss Supranational 2017, Jenny Kim Photo: Miss Supranational Facebook

Miss Supranational 2017, Jenny Kim. Photo: Miss Supranational Facebook

4. Miss Grand International

The Miss Grand International pageant is one with a mission to stop war and violence against all. The pageant aims to be the beginning of a better life for all and calls all of its contestants to advocate for awareness and education of the prevention of violence. The pageant is headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand, and was founded in 2013. The pageant recently crowned its 4th winner, Maria Jose Lora.

Miss Grand International 2017, Maria Jose Lora Photo: Miss Grand International Facebook

Miss Grand International 2017, Maria Jose Lora. Photo: Miss Grand International Facebook

3. Miss World

It comes as no surprise that the Miss World pageant is ranked among the best international pageants as it is the oldest running international pageant. Since its founding 1951 in the United Kingdom, the pageant has crowned 69 international titleholders. The pageant recently used fans' votes for a new head-to-head competition to determine half of the Top 40 contestants. With non-traditional competition categories like the Multimedia Competition and the Beauty With a Purpose Competition, the Miss World pageant definitely stands out among the rest. 

Miss World 2017, Manushi Chhillar Photo: Miss World Organization

Miss World 2017, Manushi Chhillar. Photo: Miss World Organization

2. Miss Earth

The Miss Earth pageant is still a relatively young pageant system but gained popularity rapidly since its founding in 2001. This pageant is focused on environmentally conscious initiatives and crowned its 17th winner, Karen Ibasco, this year in Manila, Philippines. The Miss Earth pageant is the only pageant to host an Eco-Fashion Design Competition where professional and non-professional fashion designers use recyclables, natural materials and organic materials to create eco-fashion outfits.

Miss Earth Fire 2017, Lada Akimova, Miss Earth Water 2017, Juliana Franco, Miss Earth 2017, Karen Ibasco and Miss Earth Air 2017, Nina Robertson Photo: George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Miss Earth Fire 2017, Lada Akimova, Miss Earth Water 2017, Juliana Franco, Miss Earth 2017, Karen Ibasco and Miss Earth Air 2017, Nina Robertson. Photo: George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

1. Miss Universe

The Miss Universe pageant was founded in 1952 by Pacific Knitting Mills. The 66th Miss Universe titleholder, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, was crowned in November 2017. Miss Universe is the top-ranked international pageant for many reasons, among them being the prize package. The winner instantly becomes represented by WME IMG, an international modeling agency, and stays in the Miss Universe apartment in New York City, New York, rent-free for her year of service. 

Miss Universe 2017, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters Photo: HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Miss Universe 2017, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. Photo: HO/The Miss Universe Organization

 

Top 10 Preteen Pageants of 2016

10. Heart of the USA

Teaching young women how to love others and give back is vital at the preteen age, and the Miss Heart of the USA organization does exactly that. Each pageant that is held by the system is a food drive! That's right, you read it correctly. Their program has distributed over ten million non-perishable food items to date. They also crown two special winners who bring in the most food items to donate. In this system, the girls feel welcome and empowered and are always working towards bettering their communities.

South Carolina Miss Heart of the USA Supreme Beauty 2016, Brooke Wilson. Photo: Miss Heart of the USA Facebook Page

South Carolina Miss Heart of the USA Supreme Beauty 2016, Brooke Wilson. Photo: Miss Heart of the USA Facebook Page

9. Pure International Pageants

The Pure International Pageant is based on Christian Biblical principles. Although you don't have to be of Christian Faith to compete, the pageant uses their religious principles to help each young woman feel accepted and work towards her own personal growth. Their goal is to make a positive difference in every life they are able to touch. The system still continues to promote helping each individual to become someone unlike anyone else.

Photo: Pure International Facebook Page

Photo: Pure International Facebook Page

8. Princess of America

Princess of America is a system that always wants to help the next generation of women grow and feel empowered. They help each young women feel confident in herself to feel like she's done her best. They also offer titles to women who have really made a difference in their community and has used her crown and title to help out others. This system is a great opportunity to help young women grow.

Titleholders after being crowned. Photo: Princess of America Official Website

Titleholders after being crowned. Photo: Princess of America Official Website

7. Miss Royalty International

Miss Royalty International is a system based off of a loving and fun environment and great community values. One very unique thing about the system is that they make it fun for the whole family. At the preteen age, children really do need their families involved in creating their dreams. Having the support of family and close friends is vital in the teen and preteen age. Miss Royalty International helps involve more than just the contestant in their system and it's truly a great thing to see.

Current Miss Royalty International Queens. Photo: Miss Royalty International Facebook Page

Current Miss Royalty International Queens. Photo: Miss Royalty International Facebook Page

6. Galaxy International

Galaxy Pageants is all about breaking down barriers and separating bad cultural appropriation. At a young age, especially in preteens, it is very important to let the young children know and understand that there are no types of "normal" when it comes to culture, especially in the pageant world. The Galaxy system brings all cultures together to help one another and to build and lift each other up. This is a great system to start in and compete in, even up to the Mrs. division!

Galaxy Pageants. Photo: Galaxy Pageants Facebook Page.

Galaxy Pageants. Photo: Galaxy Pageants Facebook Page.

5. Cinderella International

The Cinderella Pageant system is such a great organization that holds great opportunities for young women. They offer great scholarship opportunities for their contestants and their titleholders. Since their opening of their business 40 years ago, they have awarded millions of dollars in cash to help grow education for women around the world. This is a great opportunity and a great atmosphere, especially for preteens learning what they may want to do with their passion!

Cinderella Pageant. Photo: Cinderella Pageant System

Cinderella Pageant. Photo: Cinderella Pageant System

4. Miss American Coed

"Personal Growth with a Dash of Glitter," what girl wouldn't love that? Miss American Coed is based on empowerment and personal growth... and of course the glitter! This family-oriented pageant system is all about positive growth. Something unique about this system is that they do not allow makeup on ages 13 and under. "We've never had it, and we never will," according to the pageant website. So for the parents out there worried about your pageant-lover competing and not being herself, this would be a great start!

MAC Titleholders. Photo: MAC Pageants Official Website

MAC Titleholders. Photo: MAC Pageants Official Website

3. USA National Miss

Ranging from ages 4-25, USA National Miss is all about enriching and growing the lives of young woman around the nation and in their communities. This system takes pride in their values of helping others and helping their titleholders help others in their own communities and around the world. Having a big heart, even at a young preteen age, is something so valuable when it comes to wearing your crown and sash. Being a titleholder gives you a chance to be a big positive role model in your community, and USA National Miss wants to help everyone involved in their system do that! 

USA National Miss Titleholders. Photo: USA National Miss Facebook Page

USA National Miss Titleholders. Photo: USA National Miss Facebook Page

2. International Junior Miss

International Junior Miss describes themselves as an organization that is like a family. They are always promoting a positive and uplifting environment for their titleholders, contestants and families involved in the organization. They also take a lot of pride in their love for service and helping their titleholders work their talents into their love for their communities. 

International Junior Miss Titleholders. Photo: International Junior Miss Facebook Page

International Junior Miss Titleholders. Photo: International Junior Miss Facebook Page

1. National American Miss

Awarding more than one million dollars each year in scholarship, prizes and cash around the nation each year, National American Miss is where stage lights meet family fun. This pageant system is one of the largest in the nation for young women and continues to grow to this day. They want to help build self-confidence in each one of their contestants and titleholders while helping them gain valuable communication skills and poise throughout their journey. This system is one for young women of all ages and may be a good starting point for your preteen!

National American Miss Crowning. Photo: National American Miss Facebook Page

National American Miss Crowning. Photo: National American Miss Facebook Page

 

Top 10 Teen Pageants of 2016

10. World's Miss Tourism Pageant

The mission of the World's Miss Tourism Pageants is to help delegates gain confidence and poise through community outreach, appearances and public events. The organization thrives on providing a personal growth that participants can take with them throughout life.

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World's Teen Miss Tourism 2017 and World's Miss Tourism 2017. Photo: World's Miss Tourism Pageant

9. Miss Teen International

Miss Teen International is a pageant for girls ages 13 to 18. According to the website, the pageant is designed to give each contestant the opportunity to learn more about customs and family life in other countries as well as the chance to share her beliefs and make plenty of new friends. In this pageant, contestants compete in interview, evening gown, fitness wear and fun fashion. Each contestant is also asked to choose a platform that she will promote during her year of service. 

Garin Harris, Miss Teen International 2016, participating in the 'Quench the Fire Run/Walk' supporting education, research and management for RSD/CRPS and Neuropathic Chronic Pain. Photo: Garrin Harris

Garin Harris, Miss Teen International 2016, participating in the 'Quench the Fire Run/Walk' supporting education, research and management for RSD/CRPS and Neuropathic Chronic Pain. Photo: Garrin Harris

8. Miss Teen United States

According to the organization, the primary goal of Miss Teen United States is to provide a life-changing experience for young, vibrant women across the country. It strives to empower young women to become participants in their communities while nurturing and promoting causes meaningful to them. This pageant is for young women ages 16 to 19, and they compete in interview, swimsuit, evening wear and on-stage question.

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Miss Teen United States 2016, Mary McGeorge. Photo: Miss Teen United States Organization

7. America’s Perfect Teen

In this pageant, contestants compete in Wow wear, summer fashion, swimsuit and evening wear. The organization states that it wishes to provide an outlet for young ladies to compete and thrive in a competitive venue based on her ability to articulate her thoughts, stage presence, style and overall beauty.

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America's Perfect Teen 2016, Kailey Grill. Photo: America's Perfect Teen Organization

6. National American Miss

National American Miss is the number one program in America for “Growing Confidence” in young women. The participants in this pageant are judged on formal wear, personal introduction, interview and the community service project. National American Miss awards $1 million dollars in cash scholarships and prizes annually. This organization is dedicated to celebrating America’s greatness and encouraging its future leaders.

National American Miss Teen 2016, Maddie Helget, being crowned at Nationals. Photo courtesy/Maddie Helget's Facebook.

National American Miss Teen 2016, Maddie Helget, being crowned at Nationals. Photo courtesy/Maddie Helget's Facebook.

5. America’s National Teenager

Founded in 1970, America's National Teenager is the longest running premier pageant for teens. The organization awards nearly $5 million annually, awarding almost $100,000 at each state pageant. The pageant’s mission is to promote strong scholastic ideals, solid leadership principles and high character growth to young women.

America's National Teenager 2016, Lindsey Beane Photo: America's National Teenager Organization

America's National Teenager 2016, Lindsey Beane. Photo: America's National Teenager Organization

4. Miss Teen of America

The mission of Miss Teen of America is to encourage and motivate young women to reach their full potential through recognition of scholastic record, service and achievement to school and community, personal development, general awareness, personality projection and communication skills. The organization also has an alliance with Special Olympics Minnesota in which titleholders promote special Olympics programs such as Project Unify, R-Word and Young Athletes. (Read: How to Promote Your Platform Through Community Service)

Serena Zamarripa, Miss Teen of America 2017 Photo: Miss Teen of America Organization

Serena Zamarripa, Miss Teen of America 2017. Photo: Miss Teen of America Organization

3. Miss High School America

Miss High School America has a goal of providing personal and professional opportunities for high school girls. Young women in grades 9 to 12 are able to compete, and the winner receives a $10,000 scholarship. The contestants compete in a five-minute interview, fun fashion and evening wear. The final five contestants compete in on-stage question.

Miss High School America 2016 titleholders. Photo courtesy of/americashighschoolpageant.com

Miss High School America 2016 titleholders. Photo courtesy of/americashighschoolpageant.com

2. Miss America’s Outstanding Teen

Miss America's Outstanding Teen is a sister program to Miss America that was founded in 2005. Its mission is to encourage and reward the talent, communication skills, community service and academic achievement of girls between the 13 and 17 years of age. The organization makes over $33 million available in cash and in-kind scholarships available annually.

Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2017, Nicole Jia. Photo: Miss America's Outstanding Teen Facebook (At ABC's Dunkin' Donuts Parade)

Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2017, Nicole Jia. Photo: Miss America's Outstanding Teen Facebook

1. Miss Teen USA

Miss Teen USA is a pageant run by the Miss Universe Organization. It is for young women between the ages of 14 and 19. Previously, contestants competed in interview, evening wear and swimwear. This past year, however, the swimwear phase of the competition was replaced by active wear. The young women that compete in this organization are “confidently beautiful.” 

Miss Teen USA 2016, Karlie Hay. Photo: Miss Universe Organization

Miss Teen USA 2016, Karlie Hay. Photo: Miss Universe Organization

 

Top 10 Miss Pageants of 2016

10. Miss Venezuela

Kicking off this year's list is the Miss Venezuela pageant. Keysi Sayago wore a gorgeous white evening gown when she won her right to represent the country. Those selected go on to compete in the Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth competitions. The winners of Miss Venezuela went on to win seven Miss Universe titles, six Miss World titles and six Miss International titles. 

Miss Venezuela 2016 Photo: Facebook Miss Venezuela Oficial

Miss Venezuela 2016. Photo: Facebook Miss Venezuela Official

9. Miss International

Not to be confused with the aforementioned competition, Miss International is a pageant based in the United States that focuses on promoting the accomplishments of its titleholders. Women from across the country compete at the local and state levels. Instead of swimsuit, Miss International holds a fitness competition. The "Go Red For Women" campaign is the national platform. The competition is typically held in late July in Jacksonville, Florida.

Amanda Moreno, Miss International 2016 Photo: https://www.miss-international.us

Amanda Moreno, Miss International 2016. Photo: https://www.miss-international.us

8. Binibining Pilipinas

This annual competition chooses the best representatives from the Philippines to compete in pageants such as Miss World, Miss International and Miss Universe. The competition is owned by the Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Incorporated and began in 1964. The organization works to promote peace while fundraising for those in need across the country. It has become the biggest and most anticipated beauty event of the year.

Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Photo: Maxine Facebook

Miss Universe Philippines 2016. Photo: Maxine Medina Facebook

7. Miss Supranational

For the second time, India took home the Miss Supranational title in December. The competition is a newcomer to the pageant circuit since the beginning in 2009 and is held in Poland with over 80 countries represented. The pageant’s motto is "Glamour, Fashion and Natural Beauty". To win, a contestant must wow the judges in the Interview, Swimsuit and Evening Gown competitions. The Top 5 go on to Question and Answer. 

Photo: Miss Supranational Facebook

Miss Supranational. Photo: Miss Supranational Facebook

6. Miss Galaxy

Next is on our list is Miss Galaxy, a pageant that highlights a woman’s beauty. Women 14 and up compete in prelims depending on their state and country and are chosen for the national competition. Founded in early 2003, the categories are Photogenic, Interview, Swimsuit, Fashion Wear and evening gown. Additional bonus points can be earned when titleholders make appearances on behalf of the organization. 

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Miss Galaxy 2016 titleholders. Photo: Miss Galaxy website

5. Miss Earth

This environmentally driven pageant wants each contestant to become a leader preserving and protecting the Earth. The winner of Miss Earth also works to promote different tourist spots. Roughly 90 women from across the globe compete. This pageant stands out for its eco-beauty entries, where contestants show how their impacts are making a difference. Katherine Espin from Ecuador took home the title in October 2016 in Asia.

Fun Fact: Out of the 16 years of its existence, half of the winners became famous in their own right. Check it out!

Miss Earth 2016 Photo: missearth.tv

Miss Earth 2016. Photo: missearth.tv

4. Miss World

Puerto Rico’s own Stephanie del Valle was just crowned the newest Miss World when the pageant came back to the United States this past December. The competition begins with local and regional titles before taking on over 110 of women during the national finals. Miss World’s platform is "Beauty With A Purpose" as the women work on different charity projects. The winner of this category wins $10,000 for her charity and Miss World visits each of the BWAP finalists’ countries to help out in their efforts. Miss World has five categories including Beauty With A Purpose, Multimedia, Sports and Fitness, Top Model and an optional Talent portion. 

Miss World 2016 Photo: Missworld.com

Miss World 2016. Photo: Missworld.com

3. Miss America

The so-called "Mother of All Pageants" and the oldest of its kind, Miss America takes the third spot on the list. The non-profit organization holds its competition usually in September in Atlantic City. Known for being the largest provider of scholarships for young women up to 24 years old, Miss America is also an Ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network. Savvy Shields from Arkansas won the crown in a black velvet gown with her platform "Eat Better Live Better". The Miss America Organization has a Panel Interview, Swimsuit, Talent, Evening Gown and Top 5 Question and Answer competition. Known for having one of the toughest private interviews around 10 minutes long, we provided a guide to help you! 

Miss America, Savvy Shields, Photo: Matt Boyd Photography

Miss America, Savvy Shields, Photo: Matt Boyd Photography

2. Miss USA

Miss USA is one of the more popular pageants for taller women who are interested in a career in modeling. The competition allows women from every state to compete for their chance at the title. Deshauna Barber from the District of Columbia is representing the USA at Miss Universe at the end of the month. The pageant has been making some changes in the recent years, including increasing the age women can compete and allowing an at-large contestant to be Miss 52 and compete at Miss USA. 

Miss USA 2016 Photo: Fadill Berisha Photography

Miss USA 2016. Photo: Fadil Berisha Photography

1. Miss Universe

Who can’t forget Pia’s “Confidently Beautiful with a Heart” quote when she won last December? This year’s Miss Universe competition is stiff with women across the globe aiming for that top spot. Stay connected with The Pageant Planet for our daily coverage of the competition taking place January 30. Steve Harvey returns as host and the competition is in Pia’s home country of the Philippines. 

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Miss Universe 2015. Photo: Fadil Berisha Photography

 

Top Mrs. Pageants of 2016

10. National Miss Teen, Miss, Ms. and Mrs. Pageant 

As stated on the pageant's website, the goal of the National Mrs. Pageant is to provide a "national pageant experience ... that is positive, fun, fair, professionally run, and most importantly, memorable". The pageant is put on by Crowns of Inspiration, Inc. and promotes the concept of "positive pageantry." With stages of competition ranging from photogenic to interview to fitness wear, the National Mrs. Pageant seeks well-rounded, inspiring women as competitors.

National Mrs. 2016, Stephanie Hollis McCaleb, with her sister queens. Photo courtesy of http://www.nationalmspageants.com/

National Mrs. 2016, Stephanie Hollis McCaleb, with her sister queens. Photo courtesy of http://www.nationalmspageants.com/

9. Mrs. US Universal

The Universal Pageant Organization describes itself as an organization with "integrity, values, consistency, and one that goes above and beyond any other pageant that you've been a part of before." It places a heavy emphasis on volunteer and platform work. The titleholders even have a chance to participate in the President's Volunteer Service Award program. Something that makes the US Universal Pageant system stand out is that all contestants receive their score sheets and judges' comments, which is a great way to prepare for future pageants.

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Mrs. US Universal 2016, Kimberly Beaudoin. Photo courtesy of http://www.usuniversalpageants.com/

8. Mrs. Earth

The Mrs. Earth Organization uses pageantry to promote conversation and education regarding our Earth and its natural resources. It looks for women who can think positively and constructively, understand themselves, have healthy attitudes, and prioritize family and unity. Directors describe their ideal titleholder as "the total person," possessing physical, mental, emotional and spiritual qualities.

Mrs. Earth 2016, Priyanka Khurana Goyal. Photo courtesy of the Mrs. Earth Website.

Mrs. Earth 2016, Priyanka Khurana Goyal. Photo courtesy of the Mrs. Earth Website.

7. Mrs. Galaxy

The Galaxy International Pageant emphasizes beauty, style and cultural appreciation. Directors strive to promote confidence and poise, which they use to further develop the growth of every contestant in their personal and career goals. 

Mrs. Galaxy 2017, Sarah Pritchard. Photo courtesy of the Mrs. Galaxy Facebook page.

Mrs. Galaxy 2017, Sarah Pritchard. Photo courtesy of the Mrs. Galaxy Facebook page.

6. Mrs. Globe

The Mrs. Globe Organization describes itself as "a celebration of beauty, culture and charity for women". Although it did not add a Mrs. division until 1996 (the Miss division has crowned winners since 1925), the Globe International system is one of the most recognized pageant systems in existence.

Mrs. Globe 2016, Sylvia Yammine. Photo courtesy of mrsglobe.com

Mrs. Globe 2016, Sylvia Yammine. Photo courtesy of http://www.mrsglobe.com

5. Mrs. India Home Makers 

The Mrs. India Home Makers pageant takes pride in the wives and mothers of India and celebrates their skills. The pageant is great for married women who wished they had a chance to be a part of the pageant world earlier in life but didn't have the chance. The pageant allows its titleholders to represent India at an international level and develops them into masters of the pageant world, while still maintaining their duties as homemakers.

Mrs. India Home Makers 2016, Diana Marak, being crowned. Photo courtesy of Mrs. India Home makers Facebook page.

Mrs. India Home Makers 2016, Diana Marak, being crowned. Photo courtesy of Mrs. India Home makers Facebook page.

  4. Mrs. United States

Celebrating the married women of the United States and their ability to integrate beauty and intelligence, the Mrs. United States pageant has been a staple in the USA pageant world since the mid-1980's. The United States National Pageant Organization promotes empowerment of women and encourages its titleholders to be active members in their communities, especially through the promotion of their own personal platform causes. 

Mrs. United States 2016, Ashley Stremme. Photo courtesy of the Mrs. United States Facebook page.

Mrs. United States 2016, Ashley Stremme. Photo courtesy of the Mrs. United States Facebook page.

3. Mrs. International

Mrs. International focuses heavily on community service and platform promotion. The pageant itself has a partnership with the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" campaign and states its mission is to "make a difference". Something that makes the Mrs. International pageant unique is that husbands are directly involved in the show – they escort their wives during evening gown and the winner's husband even assists with crowning.

Mrs. International 2016, Priscilla Pruitt being crowned by her predecessor and her husband, Sean.

Mrs. International 2016, Priscilla Pruitt being crowned by her predecessor and her husband, Sean.

2. Mrs. America

The premier pageant for married women in the United States on our list, and in the minds of many, is Mrs. America. The pageant has a rich history dating back to the 1930's. It celebrates what its CEO and President David Z. Marmel describes as America's greatest natural resource – the contemporary married woman. The winner of the Mrs. America pageant moves on to the international competition Mrs. World.

Mrs. America 2017, Natalie Luttmer. Photo courtesy of Las Vegas Image Studio LLC.

Mrs. America 2017, Natalie Luttmer. Photo courtesy of Las Vegas Image Studio LLC.

1. Mrs. World

The concept of Mrs. World actually stemmed from the Mrs. America pageant. The national pageant came before the international pageant! One anticipated part of the pageant is the modeling of the contestants' national costumes, which are often extremely extravagant and beautifully unique. Highly respected and established, the Mrs. World pageant is arguably the best-known international Mrs. pageant.

Mrs. World 2016, Giuliana Zevallos, with her top 5. Photo courtesy of the Mrs. World Facebook page.

Mrs. World 2016, Giuliana Zevallos, with her Top 5. Photo courtesy of the Mrs. World Facebook page.

 

Top 10 State Pageants of 2016

10. Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen Pageant

Over $45,000 is awarded in scholarships through the Miss Indiana Organization, according to the organization's website. The pageant is connected with many schools in the state and offer in-kind scholarships to contestants. This year's pageant will take place in mid-June. Contestants for the Outstanding Teen division compete in Private Interview, Active Wear, Talent, Evening Gown, On-Stage Question and Scholastic Achievement. The winners for the Teen and Miss divisions go on to compete in the Miss America's Outstanding Teen and Miss America competitions respectively.

Jordan Axel, Miss Indiana Outstanding Teen Photo: Olivia Eve

Jordan Axel, Miss Indiana Outstanding Teen. Photo: Olivia Eve

9. South Carolina Cinderella

A newcomer to this year's list, the South Carolina Cinderella organization prides itself on being a natural pageant. Girls up to age 26 can enter. Judges in this pageant look for contestants who have hearts to serve their communities and build relationships with fellow contestants. The pageant began in 1976 and provides a youth development scholarship program that offers many opportunities for achievement and recognition to deserving children, teens and young adults.

2016 Cinderella Winner's Circle Photo: South Carolina Cinderella

2016 Cinderella Winner's Circle. Photo: South Carolina Cinderella

8. Miss North Carolina

Miss North Carolina comes in at number eight on this year's list. McKenzie Faggart, Miss North Carolina 2016, is serving her state through her SAFE Project, a campaign against bullying. The Miss North Carolina organization offers many locals for those interested in competing.

McKenzie Faggart after wining the coveted Miss North Carolina 2016 title

McKenzie Faggart after wining the coveted Miss North Carolina 2016. title Photo: Miss North Carolina Facebook

7. Miss Minnesota United States

The Miss Minnesota United States pageant is based on a solid commitment to uphold the standards of fairness and integrity. It prides itself in focusing on each person who chooses to compete. Recognized as "the premier event of its kind" and the largest pageant system available, it promotes a sisterhood not found in any other pageant. New for the Minnesota United States Pageant, the location of the state pageant will be changing from St. Paul to Brainerd. State pageant directors Vicki Randall and Bill Musel noticed a growth in the system and wanted a change of scenery. This year's show in will be February 16-19, 2017.

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Miss Minnesota United States royal court. Photo: Facebook

6. Mrs. Maryland United States

The Mrs. Maryland United States is a filter to the national Mrs. United States pageant. Current titleholder Mrs. Maryland United States 2016, Jennifer Whittington, spends her time spreading kindness as part of her platform. Terri Brown-Walker is the executive state director for this year's upcoming pageant at the end of February. It is hailed as the premier pageant for married women. The ages range from 21 and up. Part of the prize package includes a guest appearance on the TV Talk Show, Society Moms.

Part of the Mrs. Maryland United States' platform is to spread kindness to others through The Great Kindness Challenge.

Part of the Mrs. Maryland United States' platform is to spread kindness to others through The Great Kindness Challenge. Photo: Mrs. Maryland United States

5. Little Miss NC/SC United States Pageant

For the little girls interested in pageantry, the Little Miss North and South Carolina United States pageant is great for the younger ages. Girls love this pageant because they are treated just the same as the big girls! The Little Miss United States pageant is for girls 8-9 years old. The winner is part of a network of sisters in the Miss United States Natural Pageant organization.

Lucy-Ann Parris, Little Miss North Carolina 2016 Photo: Facebook

Lucy-Ann Parris, Little Miss North Carolina 2016. Photo: Facebook

4. Alabama's Southern Miss

Alabama's Southern Miss is open to girls 4-18 years old. Founded in 2006, the system has a goal of providing a family-friendly, fun and affordable pageant experience for girls across the state of Alabama. The staff works to promote confidence and academic achievement in all their girls. Girls who compete in the Alabama's Southern Miss pageant are involved in their schools, churches and communities.

The 2016 Alabama Southern Miss Queens Photo: http://alsouthernmiss.wixsite.com/alsouthernmiss

The 2016 Alabama's Southern Miss queens. Photo: Alabama's Southern Miss website

3. Miss Southeastern States Miss Heart of the USA

"Hearts, Heels and Helping Hands" is the motto for the Miss Heart of the USA Pageant. The national pageant focuses on teaching young ladies the importance of giving back to their communities. The Miss Southeastern States competition leads to the national pageant held in Orlando, Florida. You can find titleholders volunteering at food drives, one of the platforms for the organization. According to the organization, over half-a-million food items have been donated to various non-profit organizations to date. The Southeastern States competition is open and for those living in Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee and Western/Central North Carolina. This year's regional pageant will be held on August 4-5th, 2017 in Sunset Beach, North Carolina.

Southeastern Miss Heart Of The USA Titleholders Photo: Miss Heart Of The USA

Southeastern Miss Heart Of The USA titleholders. Photo: Miss Heart Of The USA

2. USA National Miss Maine

The USA National Miss Maine state pageant accepts contestants from 4-25 years old. This year's state pageant is August 18-19th and is the preliminary show for the USA National Miss Scholarship Organization. According to the website, the winners receive cash and a full-ride college scholarship to Troy University. UNM encourages young women have strong values and self-worth. USA National Miss presents a positive pageantry experience by striving to develop leadership and communication skills in contestants. 

Local and state titleholders representing National American Miss Maine Photo: Facebook

Local and state titleholders representing National American Miss Maine. Photo: Facebook

1. Miss California USA

One of the largest state pageants in the Miss USA system, the Miss California USA pageant wins the top spot in this year's list. Newly crowned India Williams and Teen winner Jaanu Patel will represent the most populous state in their respective competitions at the national level. Hundreds of women from all across the state compete in local competitions prior to the state show. The tough competition proves to be helpful, however, as many state titleholders go on to place or win the Miss USA competition (44 out of 65 women have either won, placed or received an award since 1952). What really sets this pageant apart is the production. With the staging, lighting and music, the Miss California USA production is close to the Miss USA production. No wonder so many of their titleholders go on to win Miss USA.

Miss California & Miss California Teen USA 2017 wins the top spot for the Top State Pageants in 2016. Photo: Facebook

Miss California and Miss California Teen USA 2017 wins the top spot for the Top State Pageants in 2016. Photo: Facebook

 

Best National Pageants of 2015

10. America's US Miss

Another growing pageant is America’s US Miss. This "scholarship program is judged on academic achievement, volunteer service, resume, personality wear, evening gown and a personal interview.” America’s US Miss wants each girl that comes through their pageant to gain confidence, learn new skills, and attain her goals.

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America’s US Miss queens with crowns on their head and sand in their toes. Photo by: America’s US Miss Organization

9. America's National Teenager Scholarship Organization (ANTSO)

At ANTSO, all contestants participate in Interview (30%), Evening Gown (15%), Personal Expression (where contestants decorate and model a pair of blue jeans) (15%), Academics and Achievements (15%), and Onstage Question (10%). Contestants do not compete in swimsuit or talent. America’s National Teenager “prides itself in offering scholarships, prizes and travel” for all winners  

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The 2015 National Teenager Kolby Kayworths’ crowning moment. Photo by: America's National Teenager Scholarship Organization

8. USA National Miss

USA National Miss, also known as UNM, is growing in size and popularity. "The USA National Miss Scholarship Organization is a national pageant program that combines all the beauty and excitement of pageantry with the glamour and energy of a runway fashion show – while recognizing the personal achievement, community involvement and academic excellence of young women all across the USA." UNM has received incredible reviews from former titleholders and directors. 

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USA National Miss Titleholders ravishing in red. Photo by: USA National Miss Scholarship Organization

7. Mrs. America

The Mrs. America website states that "the Mrs. America Pageant maintains a long standing tradition of recognizing 'America's greatest natural resource -- the contemporary married woman.'" Since 1977, this pageant is the top competition for married women in America. The winner goes on to compete in the Mrs. World Pageant where she competes against women from all corners of the earth. It's never too late to chase your dreams!

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Mrs. America 2016 Madeline Gwin Photo by: Frank Carnaggio Photography

6. National American Miss (NAM)

In National American Miss there are four required phases of competition: Formal Wear (30%), Personal Introduction (30%), Interview (30%), and Community Involvement (10%). The National American Miss Organization fully believes that contestants will "gain poise, self-confidence, and valuable communication skills.” Each of these skills are essential to success. It has also laid the foundation for Kira Kazantsev, a former NAM California queen who went on to become a three-peat Miss America from New York in 2014.

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NAM girls excited to meet former NAM Queen and Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev. Photo by: National American Miss Organization

5. Miss Jr. High/High School/Collegiate America

Less than 20 years old and directed by Amanda Patterson, The Miss High School, Junior High School and Collegiate America Pageant competition "exists for the purpose of providing personal and professional opportunities for young women.” B.R.A.V.E., the pageant’s national platform, is promoted by the national titleholders in hopes to put an end to bullying. The Miss High School, Junior High School and Collegiate America Pageant sticks to "the highest of moral values”

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2016 Miss High School, Miss Collegiate, and Miss Junior High America titleholders Emily Bray, Chloe Hatfield, and Emilee Webb Photo by: SON Studios

4. Miss Teen USA

The sister pageant to Miss USA, Miss Teen USA promotes the same high ideals and impacts thousands of women each year. This system “provide the tools which help women to be their personal best,” and believe that “self-confidence is the key." 

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Miss Teen USA 2015 Katherine Haik Photo by: Miss Universe Organization

3. Miss America's Outstanding Teen (MAOTeen)

Founded 11 years ago, the Miss America's Outstanding Teen pageant is the sister system to Miss America. MAOTeen has "made available almost $5,000,000 in cash and in-kind scholarships," to teen girls across the country. This organization is known for promoting scholastic excellence, creative accomplishment, talent, healthy living, and community involvement.

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Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2016 Allie Nault Photo by: Jennifer Bopp Cady

2. Miss USA

Miss USA is one of the most well-known pageant systems in the country, giving women the chance to "get out of her comfort zone, be herself, and continue to define what it means to be 'Confidently Beautiful’." Miss USA goes on to compete in the Miss Universe competition, where our Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan was named 2rd Runner-up. At the national level, titleholders travel to various charity events and have the opportunity to give back to their community. 

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Olivia Jordan Miss USA 2015 and 2nd runner-up at Miss Universe Photo by: Miss Universe Organization

1. Miss America

The Miss America Organization is and always has been a not-for-profit organization, providing young women with millions of scholarship dollars and supporting Children's Miracle Network with countless donations. This organization impacts the lives of 12,000 young women competing at the state and local levels, in addition to the individuals each of these women reach through their service and promotion of their personal platforms. According to the Miss America website, this organization prides itself in "empowering young women to achieve their personal and professional goals, while providing a forum in which to express their opinions, talent and intelligence," making the Miss America system worthy of a spot in our Top 10 Pageants of 2015.

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Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell Photo by: Matt Boyd Photography

 

Top International Pageants of 2015

10. Miss Grand International

Miss Grand International is an annual international beauty pageant run by the Miss Grand International Organization. The system searches for women who are committed to bringing awareness to the "Stop the War and Violence" campaign which helps people avoid conflict and violence that may lead to the onset of war. Miss Grand International truly showcases women who are committed to making a stand for the betterment of humanity. 

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Anea Garcia, Miss Grand International 2015

9. Miss Galaxy

Miss Galaxy is a pageant that strives to emphasize the beauty, style, and cultural appreciation of each and every contestant. The pageant is committed to serving as a source of personal development for women across the globe. Women who are interesting in growing personally as well as professionally while serving as a role model for the community will definitely enjoy this pageant! 

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Miss Galaxy 2016, Bella Normand

8. Miss Globe International

Miss Globe International is a long-standing beauty pageant started in 1925. Miss Globe International prides itself on being a system that showcases the inner and outer beauty of women from various countries around the globe.

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Miss Globe 2015, Ann Colis

 

7. Miss Tourism International

Miss Tourism International is an international pageant held on New Year's Eve every year. The pageant hosts over 60 delegates each year. Each titleholder promotes tourism and cultural exchange in their home countries.

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6. Miss Supranational

Miss Supranational is a fairly new international pageant system that was started in 2009. The system has grown into an international powerhouse with over 80 delegates representing countries from every continent. The Miss Supranational pageant strives to become the premier international pageant focusing on glamour, fashion and natural beauty. As a current regional titleholder in the Miss U.S. Supranational system, I can attest to the positive aspects of this incredible system!

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Stephanie Stegman, Miss Supranational 2015

5. International Junior Miss

The International Junior Miss Scholarship Program is committed to encouraging positive achievement by helping to build self-awareness in the population of young women today. The IJM pageant awards a multitude of scholarships and awards to contestants based on academic achievement, volunteer service, and spirit of participation. There are six new queens crowned at the end of the national pageant, with ages ranging from 4-24.

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International Junior Miss 2015 Queens

4. Miss International

Held annually since 1960, the Miss International pageant is one of the oldest pageant systems in the world. Miss International is also included in the "Big 4" international pageant systems, making the crown one of the most coveted titles in the world. The contestants are expected to serve as "Ambassadors of Peace and Beauty" promoting world peace, goodwill and understanding. Are you competing in Miss International? 

Edymar Martinez, Miss International 2015

Edymar Martinez, Miss International 2015

3. Miss Earth

Miss Earth is an annual international environmental pageant promoting environmental awareness. It is also known as one of the "Big 4" international pageant systems, alongside its rivals of Miss Universe, Miss World, and Miss International. The Miss Earth titleholders truly uphold the term "year of service" by spending their reigning year promoting specific causes dedicated to addressing issues concerning the environment and other global issues. If you are a woman dedicated to bettering her environment on both a local and global scale, Miss Earth may be the system for you!

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Angelia Ong, Miss Earth 2015

 

2. Miss World

The Miss World pageant is the oldest surviving international pageant system in the world. Alongside its rival competitions, Miss Earth and Miss Universe, Miss World is arguably one of the most well-publicized systems in the world of pageantry. One of the most alluring aspects of this system lies in the directors ability to create a pageant that dives into the true inner beauty of its contestants. Miss World was the first system to completely eliminate the swimsuit portion from its competition. Instead, the system focuses on highlighting the health, beauty, intelligence, communication skills, poise, grace and compassion of each well-rounded contestant.

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Mireia Lalaguna Royo, Miss World 2015

1. Miss Universe

Miss Universe is an annual international beauty pageant run by the Miss Universe Organization. Many would argue that Miss Universe is the premiere pageant system in the world. We have to admit that no other pageant system can compete with the glitz and glamour shown throughout the Miss Universe competition. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that this system is known as the "Olympics of Pageantry". Additionally, the Miss Universe Pageant is also rarely devoid of some type of controversy. This years crowning ceremony left many people astonished after the first runner-up was accidentally crowned!

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Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2015

 

Top 10 Ms. Pageants of 2014

Pure American Pageants

PURE American Pageant is a Christian based pageant system that focuses on promoting the values of good self-esteem and self-confidence in women and girls of all ages.
Qualifications to Enter Ms Division: 30 to 39 years old, single, married, widowed or divorced
Fee: Not Listed
Phases of Competition: Personal Interview ?Modeling Outfit #1 Modeling Outfit #2 Formal Wear Self-Introduction Overall Impression  

Beauties American Beauty Pageant

The Beauties American Beauty Pageant is a pretty typical pageant system as far as categories go. With interview being the most highly weighted category, if you're planning on entering the pageant, that's the best place to start preparing!
Qualifications to Enter Ms Division: 30+ unmarried, married, divorced, single, widowed
Fees: Not Listed
Phases of Competition: Interview Fitness Attire or Swimwear Evening Gown Stage presence  

Ms. Beauties of The Nation

This system is heavily communication based with 60% of the contestant's overall score being based on communication skills. This would definitely be the pageant for you if your best area is interview or public speaking!
Qualifications to Enter Ms Division: 25+, divorced, widowed, with or without children
Fee: $99 (For state winners)
Phases of Competition: Interview Personal Introduction Community Service Evening wear  

Dream Girls USA

Women have a lot of fun competing in the Dream Girls USA system. The later age cutoff gives ladies who may not be quite ready to give up pageantry a few additional years to compete.
Qualifications to Enter Ms Division: Ms. 20-29, Can be married and have a child
Fees: $695
Phases of Competition: Photogenic Formal Wear Casual Model Fashion Model  

Today's American Woman Pageant

Between this private interview and the glamorous wear, this system really gives women the opportunity to showcase their personality. Also heavily weighted towards the interview portion, that's the perfect place to start preparing!
Qualifications to Enter Ms Division: 21-35 single, married, divorce, may have children
Fee: $595
Phases of Competition: 1/2 Private Interview 1/4 Evening Gown 1/4 Glamorous Wear  

America's Natural Supreme Beauties

One of the cool things about this pageant is the potential for appointed titles. Not all systems have the ability to hold a pageant in every state so receiving an appointed title is also an option if you're still interested in going to nationals!
Qualifications to Enter Ms Division: 19+ and unmarried
Fee: $300
Phases of Competition: Formal Wear State Wear Outfit of Choice (something that represents where you come from) Round Robin Interview On Stage Question Personal Introduction during OOC

Ms. America Pageant

Ms. America is a good transition out of the Miss America system when you age out but aren't ready to give up on pageantry. Most of the categories are the same, with the exception of the pageant talent portion.
Qualifications to Enter Ms Division: 26 and up)
Fee: $1,199
Phases of Competition: Eveningwear Interview On-Stage Question Sportswear  

Ms. Galaxy

Ms. Galaxy really focuses on finding a well rounded and involved titleholder. It's important that you're able to own the catwalk, stage and the camera when vying for this title!
Qualifications to Enter Ms Division: 30 + single, divorced, widowed, single mother
Fee: $1,200
Phases of Competition: 1/5 Photogenic 1/5 Interview 1/5 Swimsuit 1/5 Fashion wear 1/5 Evening Gown *Bonus: Can earn up to 5 pts by making appearances. More details on the site.  

Ms. American Coed

Ms. American Coed is a traditionally conservative system. This is a good next step for ladies aging out of Miss American Coed and National American Miss. We recommend you look into it!
Qualifications to Enter Ms Division: 23-29
Fee: $440
Phases of Competition: 1/3 Poise and Appearance in Evening wear 1/3 Personal Introduction and Appearance in Interview 1/3 Self Confidence, Poise, and Personality in Interview  

Ms. United States

Ms. United States is a glamorous system. The national competition of all four divisions of this system are held at the same time. Ms. United States has the opportunity to travel to appearances and photoshoots as well as many other opportunities during her reign.
Qualifications to Enter Ms Division: 25-39
Fee: Not listed
Phases of Competition: Personal Interview Swimwear Onstage Question Evening Gown

 

Top 10 International Pageants of 2014

10. Miss Supranational

"Miss Supranational was born in 2009, with its first edition held in the city of P?ock (Poland).  The next two editions continued in this city, and in 2012 the competition traveled to the capital city of Warsaw.  In 2013, the pageant went abroad for the first time; being hosted by the city of Minsk in Belarus." -Official Miss Supranational website history.  

9. Miss Tourism International

Being as the pageant is held in Malaysia every year, it has been dubbed the title of "bringing the world to Malaysia." The titleholders come to compete for the international title in Malaysia and tour the country while doing so. They not only promote tourism in Malaysia, but all over the world.  

Miss Tourism International Top 5

8. World Miss University

Being held in South Korea every year since 1986, World Miss University has around 40 contestants each year competing for international title. This pageant was organized by the International Association of University Presidents after the United Nations named 1986 the "Year of Peace."  

World Miss University titleholders

7. Miss Globe International

Founded in 1925, Miss Globe International holds titles in numerous parts of the world and gives young ladies the opportunity to showcase their beauty and brains to the world.  

Miss Globe International after crowning

6. International Junior Miss

"The International Junior Miss Scholarship Program is a program organized to encourage positive achievement by helping to build self-awareness in our youth and young women of today. The International Junior Miss program awards scholarships to individuals on the basis of achievement throughout the week of competition and service throughout the year as an International Junior Miss titleholder." -Official IJM website history.

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2014 International Junior Miss Royalty  

5. Miss Galaxy

"Emphasizing beauty, style, and cultural appreciation, the Galaxy International Pageant® is a personal development opportunity for women of all nations.  The delegates who become part of the Galaxy International Pageant® gain confidence and poise in an increasingly competitive world.  The pageant affords each delegate the opportunity to grow and advance her personal and career goals while acting as a role model in her community." -Official Miss Galaxy website history.  

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Miss Galaxy titleholders

4. Miss International

Held since the 1960s, Miss International has a long history. The titleholders serve as ambassadors of Peace and Beauty. Miss International's main goal is to promote understanding, good will and of course, world peace.  

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Miss International after her crowning

 3. Miss Earth

Miss Earth is pageant based around environmental awareness. The pageant has been around for years and each year its numbers get bigger and bigger. If you are someone looking to help our environment and hold a large title supporting that, Miss Earth is the system for you.  

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Miss Earth during her crowning moment

2. Miss World

Miss World has grown more and more popular over the years. A special buzz about Miss World this year was that they were doing away with the swimsuit portion of the competition. This definitely turned a lot of heads, but I think what they decided was best for their pageant is what we all should support. Go Miss World!  

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The reigning Miss World, Rolene Strauss

 1. Miss Universe

The most well know pageant overall continues to be Miss Universe. It is a pageant that girls across the globe know about. And lucky enough for all of us here in the US, Miss Universe is being held right here at home this year! Good luck to all the contestants across the world competing for the title of Miss Universe.

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The reigning Miss Universe, Gabriela Isler

Top 10 Pageant Systems of 2014

10. Miss American Coed

The Miss American Coed pageant system believes in natural beauty and inspiring confidence within young women. This system helps young women gain the confidence to help them dream and achieve goals. After being in this system you leave with a new found confidence and a family of wonderful sisters.

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Miss American Coed 2014 with another contestant

9. International Junior Miss

International Junior Miss's goal is to encourage positive achievement and build self-awareness in young women. Areas of competition include Interview, Fashion and Gown. International Junior Miss allows girls to build their skills and confidence as well as succeed in the goals.

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2014 International Junior Miss Teen

8. Miss Collegiate America

Miss Collegiate America provides personal and professional opportunities for young collegiate women. Miss Collegiate America promotes the system's B.R.A.V.E. platform to encourage a safe and respectful environment for children in schools. The contests compete in Interview, Fashion and Gown.

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Former Miss Collegiate America

7. USA National Miss

USA National Miss is a scholarship program dedicated to recognizing personal achievement, community involvement and academic excellence of young women across the country. USA National Miss offers optional competitions to help girls personalize their experience in pageantry as well as fine tune their unique abilities.

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2013 USA National Miss titleholders

6. Miss America's Outstanding Teen

Miss America's Outstanding Teen is also a well known pageant system due to its sister pageant, Miss America Organization but is not owned or ran by Miss America. During Miss America I got to shoot Vine videos with their state queens and these girls are as intelligent as beautiful. Being a second in line ambassador to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals with her sister Miss America, MAOT also travels the country on school tours and various visitations to promote her platform of choice.

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Olivia McMillan, Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2015

5. Miss Teen USA

Miss Teen USA is the most most glamorous of Teen Systems. Teen USA gets the same lush royal treatment as Miss USA and Miss Universe. Out of every teen pageant on the planet they certainly lead the pack in lavish treatment of their titleholders. Miss Teen USA spends the year living in the Trump Towers in New York City, being the spokeswoman of MTUO and helping various charities, while also working on her modeling career. Talk about a classic Cinderella story.

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Miss Teen USA 2014 after her crowning

4. Miss USA

Miss USA is a sister pageant to Miss Teen USA and Miss Universe, and has always been successful. Though the number of girls who participate is less than America and National American Miss it's often viewed as the most successful system because of the glamorous way they market their titleholders. From the Trump Towers to the luxurious events they rank #1 for title desirability.

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Miss USA 2014, Nia Sanchez shortly after crowning

3. Miss America

Miss America is the number one scholarship provider to young women in the WORLD. And because of that, it has earned a rightful position in our Top 10. However, what has made Miss America really stand out this year allowing it to secure the #3 spot in our Top 10 was it's partnership with the Dick Clark Productions, which gave Kira Kazantsev the golden ticket into the country music awards, superbowl, grammys and more.

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Kira Kazantsev right after her Miss America 2015 crowning

2. Miss United States

Miss United States made history this year by sending the first crowned winner to the Miss World competition. In just a few years executive director Chris Wilmer was able to pull off something that no other pageant has been able to do with his partnership with Miss World. With this, the #2 spot is well deserved. I was working as the emcee during the national pageant and got to see the shock as Miss World turned the corner and Steve Douglas took the microphone from my hand to make the announcement that the winner of Miss United States was moving onto Miss World.

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Miss United States 2014 crowning moment

1. National American Miss

National American Miss is the largest pageant in the United States by a country mile. Though they have not sought to secure a television deal the big 3 pageants in America owe National American Miss for discovering their reigning and past national queens. I have seen the integrity of their judging system and experienced how they distribute prize money and keep organized 1,000s of girls at nationals. NAM helps improve a young woman's communication skills, poise, confidence and way of life.

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Newly crowned National American Miss

 

Top 10 Pageants of 2013

1. Miss Universe

The Miss Universe pageant is one of the most well known pageants ever, and a pageant that is looked forward to by many. Although it is still a pageant, this is where you will see some of the most elaborate costumes and gowns and different girls from all over the globe. Embracing diversity, Miss Universe is on the top of our list.

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Miss Universe, Gabriela Isler

2. Miss USA

Miss USA is another pageant that is well anticipated every year. Pageant girls from across the country tune it to support their friends and in hopes to one day step foot on that stage. A great thing about the USA pageant is that while still a huge organization, it is still not beyond reach. You just have to work hard and capture the title at the state level and then so many doors will open up.

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Miss USA, Erin Brady

3. Miss America

One of the most prestigious organizations, offering thousands of dollars in scholarship money it is no doubt that the Miss America Pageant is on the top of our list as well. The girls that compete are talented, intelligent, and ready to take on anything that comes their way.

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Miss America, Nina Davuluri

4. Miss United States

The Miss United States Organization is the fastest growing pageant in the nation providing an avenue of achievement for women and girls. At a local, state, and national level, the program promotes each titleholder's platform for service, while acting as a national partner with Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.  Titleholders further enjoy opportunities in fashion, media, and community events while giving back to their communities and being recognized as positive role models to young women across the nation.

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Miss United States 2013, Candiace Dillard

5. National American Miss

National American Miss is one of the largest pageants at there with more than one hundred girls per division every year. Whether it is your first pageant, or you have been competing for years, this is the pageant you have been looking for! National American Miss is an opportunity like no other. You’ll gain poise, self-confidence, and valuable communication skills. You’ll feel good about yourself and gain the competitive edge to succeed later in whatever field you may choose, from modeling to business.

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National American Miss Teen, Rachel Major

6. Miss American Coed

Miss American Coed Pageants encourage and reinforce the confidence and natural beauty that is within each girl. MAC offers an excellent opportunity for young women and girls to compete in a pageant where they can gain the self-confidence needed to be successful in life. Every year dozens of girls and young women arrive on pageant weekend, too unsure or shy to get on stage by themselves. By pageant time they are enjoying new found friends, new found confidence, and being in the spotlight!

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Miss American Coed National Royalty

7. USA Ambassador

The U.S.A. Ambassador Pageant is a charity driven organization that promotes success through leadership, integrity, character, and confidence to its pageant contestants. The pageant was established to promote each contestant's individual strength and encouraging its queens, contestants, and families to be involved in their communities and serve as ambassadors. To date, the U.S.A. Ambassador Pageant has donated to over 20 different charity organizations across the country and continues to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, which serves as their National Charity Beneficiary.

USA Ambassador Royalty

 

8. Miss World

The Miss World pageant is the oldest surviving major international beauty pageant. It was created in the United Kingdom by Eric Morley in 1951. Alongside its rivals Miss Universe and Miss Earth, this pageant is one of the most publicized pageants in the world. The winner spends a year traveling to represent the Miss World Organization and its various causes.

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Miss World, Megan Young

9. Miss Earth

Miss Earth is an annual international beauty pageant promoting environmental awareness. Along with its rivals Miss Universe and Miss World contests, Miss Earth is one of the three largest beauty pageants in the world in terms of the number of national-level competitions to participate in the world finals. The reigning titleholders dedicate their year to promote specific projects and often address issues concerning the environment and other global issues through school tours, tree planting activities, street campaigns, coastal clean ups, speaking engagements, shopping mall tours, media guesting, environmental fair, storytelling programs, eco-fashion shows, and other environmental activities.

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Miss Earth 2013

10. Miss America’s Outstanding Teen

Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, has been organized to encourage positive achievement by helping to nurture and build the scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living, and community involvement of our nation’s young women ages thirteen to seventeen.?  Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, encourages and rewards the talent, communication skills, community service, and academic achievement of girls. To inquire about pageant costs, contact directors, and read additional reviews visit, Pageant Planet Directory for more information.

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Miss America's Outstanding Teen, Leah Sykes

 

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