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"Being a part of PURE since 2015; as a fan, competitor, and supporter; I’ve never found a group of such supportive people! You don’t meet strangers at any level of the organization! Over the years I’ve had more support from friends I’ve met, including the Miller family, professionally and personally, than I’ve ever seen! When you come to PURE International Pageants, you find family!" worte Toni Kincaid.
PURE International pageants titleholder. Photo: PURE International Pageants
"I love this pageant system. The management, the queens, and everything that it represents - "Beauties for a Cause" who showcase poise, confidence and a passion for others, the environment, and their communities. This organization really pushes each contestant to commit to service in every aspect and to share your doings with the world while spreading acts of kindness towards the environment and humanity. It's truly monumental and I love being a part of this mission, it's an honor," wrote Eliana Mills.
Little Miss Earth USA 2021 crowning moment. Photo: King Aaron Photography
"As one of her state queens (Excellence), I have had nothing but fun, adventure and learned so much," shared Pamela M Foster.
American Royal Beauties titleholders. Photo: American Royal Beauties
Cinderella Tot. Photo: Cinderella Pageants
"This was my second year competing at National Elite. Last year I did not capture the crown But I loved the system, the directors, and the girls so much I just had to try again. I'm so glad I did! I am a national queen! :) Crystal, the national director, did such a good job making the national pageant first class even during the COVID crisis that made it virtual. They also provide many opportunities for me to bond with my sister queens during the year. At National Elite, your experience does not end as soon as you are crowned. They are dedicated to providing me with a year of experiences, opportunities to serve, and fun. I just love them so much," write Ellie Anna.
National Elite titleholders. Photo: Legnar Ekim
"What an incredibly well run National pageant, especially during Covid," shared Stacey Gallagher.
Miss American Coed Sweetheart 2021 and Miss American Princess 2021. Photo: Miss American Coed
"USA National Miss has taught my daughter so much about giving to her community and helping in her school at a young age. I am so thankful for the lessons learned and the wonderful people we have met through this organization," said Kenlee Lyda.
USA National Miss Princess 2021 and state titleholders. Photo: USA National Princess
"Princess of America is top notch! The national directors are extremely organized and they put on quite a show. They adhere to schedule and allow plenty of time for delegates to eat and get HMU done. The stage, the music, the MC, and opening number are on point. There are opportunities for delegates and parents to get acquainted through multiple parties and rehearsals. The families I have met through Princess of America have become close friends. Both of my daughters are POA National Title holders and we are now on staff! This is how much we adore and respect this system," said Stacy Knop.
Princess of America Little Miss. Photo: Princess of America
Miss Elementary America titleholders. Photo: Sheldon Smith
"We love National American Miss! I started this my journey with NAM when I was 5 years old when I got a recommendation in my mailbox. Ever since then I have gained confidence and learned many life skills. My favorite thing about this system is what we call our “NAMily” which is all of the friends we make during our journey," said Marianalynn Togado.
National American Miss Princess titleholders. Photo: National American Miss
"Such a professional and passionate pageant system! They are really set on the positive mission to serve the environment, the community and empowering women to be beauties for a cause! Definitely a pageant I would recommend for women who are passionate about making a difference in our Earth," said Adesuwa Osayaren.
Junior Miss Earth USA 2021 crowning moment. Photo: King Aaron Photography
"Such a fun, faith-filled environment of girls who encourage and support one another. The Directors are amazing, the pageants are fun and rewarding, and it is just a great system. I would highly recommend competing!" said Megan Arthur.
PURE International Pageants contestant. Photo: PURE International Pageants
"This pageant system has been great! The directors have been very welcoming, encouraging and truly make you feel like family. Not only is the prize package amazing but the emphasis on giving back and getting involved in the community is wonderful. So much to look forward to," Ava Rhea Bushart said.
America's Majestic Miss titleholders. Photo: Amanda Ferguson
"We are NOT Miss America or USA, but the Girl Next Door, and some queens are Veterans, Teachers, Insurance Reps., Grandmothers, retired Police Officers, so we are NOT only diverse, but help in our communities and show each other that anything IS possible. IMPOSSIBLE? I'M POSSIBLE and nothing will stop me. We do Serve our communities and help each other, for ARB is not just a pageant organization, WE ARE FAMILY," wrote Pamela M Foster.
American Royal Beauties contestant. Photo: American Royal Beauties
"The National staff knows each contestant by name and all are made to feel like family," shared Stacey Gallgher.
Miss American Sweetheart 2021. Photo: Miss American Coed
Cinderella Miniature Miss. Photo: Cinderella Pageants
My daughter and I love the POA system! The directors are all amazing and the national pageant in Branson is so much fun! The girls who compete always become great friends and keep in touch for years! Such a wonderful experience! Can’t wait to do it again," explained the mother of Charlotte Lange, Princess of America Preteen.
Princess of America Preteen 2020. Photo: Princess of America
"One of the most beautifully organized pageant systems my daughter has ever been a part of. I love that Jackie loves all of her girls and her relationship with each girl is so caring. She’s personable and approachable. It would be an excellent experience for any girl to be on her national court and have her as a mentor and a lifelong friend," wrote Dana Ward.
USA National Preteen crowning moment. Photo: Amanda Ferguson
Miss Elementary America titleholders. Photo: Amelia Blaire
"National American Miss is the only pageant system I’ve competed in, and it’s because I’m not ready to say goodbye to it! I started my pageant journey 2 years ago with NAM and I’ve enjoyed every single second of it. You truly build a family through NAM and I’m so incredibly thankful for all of the opportunities NAM has given me," write Madyson Zoucha
National American Miss Preteen. Photo: National American Miss
"My daughter and I love Pure International Pageants from the state to international levels. This system rather you are at one of their Pure International State, Nationals, or International Pageant they treat you like family. We have built some amazing friendships and sisterhoods through this pageant system," said Mindy Bailey
PURE International Teen Queen. Photo: PURE International
“The best pageant experience I could have ever asked for! I truly felt love and encouragement from everyone at USOA, and every step of the journey was so fun. I’ll always remember the fun activities we did at the state and national pageants, the coolest sponsor swag bags we got, and the friends I made along the way. USOA has taught me to empower and serve my community in a way that I hadn’t thought about before and I am forever inspired by the wonderful people that I’ve met during my journey. Thank you USOA, I’ll be sure to compete again!” - USOA Teen California 2020, Emily Kumagai
United States of America's 2020 National Queens. Photo: Altenburg Studio
“This was my second year competing at National Elite. Last year I did not capture the crown but I loved the system, the directors, and the girls so much I just had to try again. I'm so glad I did! I am a national queen! :) Crystal, the national director, did such a good job making the national pageant first class even during the COVID crisis that made it virtual. They also provide many opportunities for me to bond with my sister queens during the year. At National Elite, your experience does not end as soon as you are crowned. They are dedicated to providing me with a year of experiences, opportunities to serve, and fun. I just love them so much!!!” - Ellie Anna
National Elite Pageants 2020 Queens. Photo: National Elite
“This is the most professionally run pageant & most organized at the national level.” - Mrs. Oklahoma Earth 2020-2021 Jennifer Fillmore
Miss Earth USA 2020 queens. Photo: Teen Miss Earth USA
“What an incredibly well run National pageant, especially during Covid. The National staff knows each contestant by name and all are made to feel like family.” - Stacey Gallagher
Miss American Coed 2020 Royalty. Photo: Miss American Coed
“My daughter had the best time at Princess of America's 2020 National Pageant! Initially, there were concerns regarding how safety protocols would be implemented; however, the directors and staff executed an amazing pageant experience for both the contestants and their families! The activities and parties were fun and safe, the staff was kind, professional, and very engaging with the contestants, and the production of the onstage competitions was phenomenal. My daughter has repeatedly commented that this was the best national pageant experience she has ever had! We love the POA system and the values that it represents - kindness, community service, and sisterhood! POA is so very deserving of this Best in Pageantry nomination!!” - Mother of Preteen Miss Great Plains 2020 Laci Brown
Princess of America Pageant 2020 Queens. Photo: Princess of America Pageant
“UNM's unique program is designed to award young women for their accomplishments, and to mentor them to reach their goals and unleash their true potential. Being a State Titleholder within this organization has been an absolutely incredible experience. I cannot say enough great things about the organization, the professionalism of the staff, the production quality, and my overall experience. I am so thankful to be part of this organization.” - USA National Miss Maine, Faith Brackett
USA National Miss Queens at Flirt Prom and Pageant. Photo: Nicholas Hani
Miss Collegiate America Pageant Queens. Photo: Miss High School America
“National American Miss is the only pageant system I’ve competed in, and it’s because I’m not ready to say goodbye to it! I started my pageant journey 2 years ago with NAM and I’ve enjoyed every single second of it. You truly build a family through NAM and I’m so incredibly thankful for all of the opportunities NAM has given me!” - Madyson Zoucha
2020-2021 National All-American Miss Jr.Teen Peyton Steuwe. Photo: National American Miss
“I can't say it enough - this organization never ceases to amaze me! There are always so many impressive titleholders of different cultures and backgrounds that represent this system, and the director, Angela, is truly a pleasure to work with on a professional level. I highly recommend competing in this organization for a chance to represent your nation on an international level.” - Amanda Abrams Phillips
Ms. International World/Ms. Latina International Pageant Queens 2020. Photo: Bruce Smith, for Smithco Photo Images
“Wonderful System for all ages! The opportunities provided to all contestants far surpassed any other system I've been a part of! Even with Covid19 constraints, the staff at American Pageants provided a safe, wholesome, and uplifting environment to everyone in attendance.” - American Pageants National Ambassador 2021 Brittany Goodman
American Pageants Royalty. Photo: American Pageants
United America Pageant Lone Star Queens. Photo: United America
“This was my second year competing at National Elite. Last year I did not capture the crown but I loved the system, the directors, and the girls so much I just had to try again. I'm so glad I did! I am a national queen! :) Crystal, the national director, did such a good job making the national pageant first class even during the COVID crisis that made it virtual. They also provide many opportunities for me to bond with my sister queens during the year. At National Elite, your experience does not end as soon as you are crowned. They are dedicated to providing me with a year of experiences, opportunities to serve, and fun. I just love them so much!!!” - Ellie Anna
National Elite Pageants 2020 Queens. Photo: National Elite
“As one of her state queens (Excellence), I have had nothing but fun, adventure and learned so much. We are NOT Miss America or USA, but the Girl Next Door, and some queens are Veterans, Teachers, Insurance Reps., Grandmothers, retired Police Officers, so we are NOT only diverse, but help in our communities and show each other that anything IS possible. IMPOSSIBLE? I'M POSSIBLE and nothing will stop me. We do serve our communities and help each other, for ARB is not just a pageant organization, WE ARE FAMILY.” - Pamala M Foster
American Royal Beauties Royalty 2020. Photo: ARB
“Being a part of PURE since 2015; as a fan, competitor, and supporter; I’ve never found a group of such supportive people! You don’t meet strangers at any level of the organization! Over the years I’ve had more support from friends I’ve met, including the Miller family, professionally and personally, than I’ve ever seen! When you come to PURE International Pageants, you find family!” - Toni Kincaid
Pure International Pageants 2020 Royalty. Photo: Pure International Pageants
“Seriously the best pageant system ever. Shelley the director is phenomenal. She goes above and beyond at every level. There are so many fun activities involved with this pageant, jet skiing, paddle boarding, yacht ride, red carpet, limo ride, you feel like a queen the entire time. The judges were fair. The event was well organized. All the contestants even get photos and videos of their time at the pageant. I would highly recommend competing in this pageant.” - Ms. World International Mrs 2020, Cassandra Wallace
Ms. World International 2020 Queens. Photo: Ms. World International Pageant
“What an incredibly well run National pageant, especially during Covid. The National staff knows each contestant by name and all are made to feel like family.” - Stacey Gallagher
Miss American Coed national royalty. Photo: Miss American Coed
“What I loved the most about the USOA system is that they had a USOA Ms. division. I love that this pageant system recognizes women over 30 like myself who have a voice, passions, & want the opportunity to compete in pageants as a first timer or a pageant vet. Being USOA Ms. North Carolina 2021 has been such an amazing experience. I would encourage any woman to compete & enjoy the journey!” - USOA Ms. North Carolina 2021, Vera Morris
“This is the most professionally run pageant & most organized at the national level,” said Mrs. Oklahoma Earth 2020-2021, Jennifer Fillmore.
"The Princess Of America pageant is one of a kind! The experience starts long before you arrive! The entire staff is so welcoming, friendly and helpful. It feels good to know that they celebrate girls of all shapes, sizes and walks of life! All of my best pageant friends come from the POA system! It’s hard to put into words how much POA truly means to me! Being apart of this system has truly changed my life in so many positive ways. Not only is the experience amazing but the production of the actual pageant itself is flawless with a full staff to make it a smooth show, and an exceptional opening number choreographed by the national director herself, and takes place on the gorgeous mansion stage in Branson Missouri! It feels magical to walk across that stage! This pageant is perfect for girls who have never competed in a pageant before to girls who have been completing their whole lives! Lastly, Teresa and Marissa are two amazing and kinda women who just want to make a difference in the lives of young women and they have surely made a difference in mine ?" - Brandy Engel
Princess of America 2020, Genevive Pittman. Photo: Princess of America
Cinderella International Woman, Mackenzie Earls. Photo: Cinderella Pageants
"What an incredibly well run National pageant, especially during Covid. The National staff knows each contestant by name and all are made to feel like family." - Stacy Gallagher
Miss American Coed titleholders. Photo: Miss American Coed
"The best pageant experience I could have ever asked for! I truly felt love and encouragement from everyone at USOA, and every step of the journey was so fun. I’ll always remember the fun activities we did at state and national, the coolest sponsor swag bags we got, and the friends I made along the way. USOA has taught me to empower and serve my community in a way that I hadn’t thought about before and I am forever inspired by the wonderful people that I’ve met during my journey. Thank you USOA, I’ll be sure to compete again!" - Emily Kumagai
United States of America's Miss, Gracie Rayner. Photo: United States of America Pageants
"Very professional organization. Knows to handle people under pressure. Love this org" - Laggna Canyon
Miss Earth 2020, Lindsey Coffey. Photo: Franz Orban
"There’s truly no place like UNM. Miss Jackie, Miss Kayla, and the rest of the UNM staff work tirelessly to ensure a great experience for all of their UNM girls. I have had the pleasure of being involved with this system for six years now and love all that this amazing pageant stands for." - Gabriela Caggiano
USA National Miss Senior Division winners. Photo: Amanda Ferguson
Miss Collegiate America, Ronelle Valera. Photo: Sheldon Smith
"The National staff did an amazing job keeping everyone safe while also ensuring that all of the contestants had a blast." - Jessica Bernier
National American Miss, Cady Ruth Stoever. Photo: Video Memories
"This is the first pageant system I ever competed in. I absolutely loved my experience so far, and I am really looking forward to competing at Nationals. This organization has a great cause too. If you are an advocate for the Earth, I definitely recommend joining this pageant system." - Elizabeth Tillery
Miss Earth USA 2021, Marisa Butler, and her elemental court. Photo: King Aaron
Miss USA 2020 crowning moment. Photo: Benjamin Askinas
"My daughter and I love Pure International Pageants from the state to international levels. This system [whether] you are at one of their Pure International State, Nationals, or International Pageant, they treat you like family. We have built some amazing friendships and sisterhoods through this pageant system." - Mindy Bailey
PURE International Ms United Kingdom 20/21. Photo: PURE International Pageants
"Having been part of this system for a while now, I am nothing but proud to continue to be part of it. The staff is beyond helpful, kind and had the best interest for their contestants. With COVID this year, things have been odd. But the pageants I attended were very safe and followed protocols. The contestants seemed to have a very fun time too. I would recommend this system to anyone looking for a great pageant system focused on service, family, and helping their contestants become the best versions of theirselves that they can be." - Lyndsea Burke
America's Majestic Ms. Photo: Amanda Ferguson
National Elite Mrs, Haley Ridley. Photo: Legnar Ekim
American Woman of Service National Mrs. Photo: Anna Molnar Photography
American Royal Beauties Montana titleholders. Photo: American Royal Beauties
United America titleholders. Photo: United America Pageants
Mrs. International, Ashley Rae Klinger. Photo: Paula Preston
"I cannot express how [much] I love this system! I cannot recommend it enough! I have yet to find a system that comes close to USOA. The production level is amazing and is truly a high quality show! USOA truly lives by their motto of Uplift, Empower, and inspire. Each contestant is shown so much support and love not only at nationals but all year during their reign. If you are thinking about competing I encourage you to start the journey today!" - Hannah Le Torneau
United States of America's Mrs, Shannon Jackowski. Photo: United States of America Pageants
Ms World International Ambassador, Jennifer Post. Photo: Jennifer Post
"I'm very honored to work with Miss Earth USA and be part of this amazing team. Everything is so well organized and very professional. The best pageant system at national level!" - Eva Fils Photography
Mrs. USA Earth 2021, Meredith Pope. Photo: Reza Venegas
IJM UK 2020 Winners. Photo: IJM UK
"I was impressed with the professionalism and organization of the pageant competition during our participation during our first 2020 COVID year. There is a lot of training courses online for new contestants or if you want to take a refresher course. The pageant director is very personal, kind, professional and responds quickly to questions and concerns. My daughter has had a lot of opportunities since being part of this pageant." - Rebecca Luna
Miss American Teen National winners 2020. Photo: @missamericanteenpageant
2021 National Winners. Photo: iCandy Photography
Princess of America national titleholders. Photo: @princessofamericapageant
National titleholders for United States of America. Photo: @unitedstatesofamericapageants
2020 National titleholders. Photo: @usanationalmiss
2021 National titleholders, Miss Collegiate America, Ronelle Valera, Miss High School America, Haleigh Hurst and Miss Junior High School America, Sophie Pittman. Photo: Sheldon Smith Sports
Miss USA 2020 Asya Branch. Photo: Benjamin Askinas Photography
Miss Magnolia State Pageant titleholders. Photo: Miss Magnolia State
USA National Miss Arizona titleholders. Photo: USA National Miss Arizona
Miss District of Columbia Earth USA 2021. Photo: Miss District of Columbia Earth USA
USA National Miss Indiana titleholders. Photo: USA National Miss Indiana
Mrs. District of Columbia America, Mrs. DC American, and Miss District of Columbia for America. Photo: Roy Cox
USA National Miss Maine titleholders. Photo: USA National Miss Maine
Miss Georgia High School America senior titleholders. Photo: Miss Georgia High School America
Miss Georgia Earth USA 2021. Photo: Miss Georgia Earth USA
International Junior Miss Washington titleholders. Photo: International Junior Miss Washington
Mrs. California United States and Ms. California United States. Photo: Institution Design Photography
Miss Minnesota USA & Miss Minnesota Teen USA makes our Best State Pageants in the tenth spot! Produced by Future Productions, Miss Minnesota USA & Miss Minnesota Teen USA selects the Minnesotan representatives for Miss USA and Miss Teen USA! With four phases of competition; Interview, Swimsuit/Activewear, On-stage Question and Evening Gown, they make sure to select the perfect candidate to move onto the national pageant! With scholarships totaling over twenty thousand dollars, twenty five sponsors and a webcast for fans at home to watch, Miss Minnesota USA & Miss Minnesota Teen USA earned its tenth place spot! Congratulations!
Photo: Portraits by Solberg
USA National Miss Maine makes our ninth spot in the Best State Pageants! With a slogan like, "Positive Pageantry," USA National Miss Maine makes sure to spread positivity through its initiatives like Crown CARES and its anti-bullying and suicide prevention progams for its contestants. As a state preliminary to USA National Miss, there are three phases of competition: Interview, Evening Gown and Runway. There are also a multitude of optional contests for the young women who participate in their event to show off all of their skills! Its $1,000 scholarship for the Miss and Teen contestants is also a great incentive for college driven women!
Photo: USA National Miss Maine
This California pageant takes our eighth spot in our Best State Pageants list! Produced by Crowning Moments Productions, Miss California Elementary, Jr. High, High School and Collegiate America is a state preliminary to the national Miss Jr. High, High School, and Collegiate America pageants. With phases of competition comprising of Interview, Fun Fashion and Evening Gown, this pageant is perfect for new and experienced pageant girls alike! A wide age range of three to 27 years old allows women young and old to participate! Congratulations!
Photo: Rod Aberegg
Miss Florida American Teen and Collegiate places seventh in our Best State Pageants! A state preliminary to the Miss National American Teen and Collegiate Pageant, Miss Florida American Teen and Collegiate makes sure to put each and every one of their contestants first! They provide one-on-one training and coaching in success in pageantry for all of their contestants and they want to be apart of creating the best version of YOU! With phases of competition like Swimsuit/Fitness, Personal Introduction, Fun Fashion, Evening Gown, Activewear, On-Stage Question and Interview, they want to ensure a contestant leaves their pageant as a well-rounded young woman. Congrats!
Photo: Miss Florida American Teen and Collegiate
Texas International Junior Miss makes our sixth place spot in Best of State Pageants! In the state that's often considered the heart of pageantry, Texas International Junior Miss is the state preliminary to International Junior Miss! With its famous, "I Just Might" slogan, Texas International Junior Miss aims for its contestants to reach their goals and aspirations through their participation in its pageant. With phases of competition like Interview, Fun Fashion, Evening Gown, and a ton more optional contests, Texas International Junior Miss is a scholarship based pageant looking to raise self confidence in their contestants. Congratulations!
Photo: Texas International Junior Miss
Mrs. Washington America makes our fifth place spot in our Best State Pageants! Mrs. Washington America is a televised pageant for married women of all ages and is the state preliminary to the Mrs. America & Mrs. World competitions! Their phases of competition include Swimsuit/Fitness, Interview, Evening Gown and they strive for their contestants and titleholders to, "Make a Difference" throughout their communities! With prizes like free workshops, community service and appearances, any married woman should definitely give Mrs. Washington America a try! Congratulations!
Photo: Mrs. Washington America
Minnesota, Wisconsin, Great Lakes Princess of America makes our fourth place in Best State Pageants of 2019! As a preliminary to Princess of America, this pageant allows girls and women ages four to twenty four to compete! A more natural pageant, contestants of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Great Lakes Princess of America compete in Evening Gown, Interview and Personal Introduction, with many more optional contests for contestants to show their fun sides! Minnesota, Wisconsin, Great Lakes Princess of America creates an emphasis on the individual contestant and their personalities as opposed to solely outward beauty! If you are a bubbly young woman, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Great Lakes Princess of America is for you!
Photo: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Great Lakes Princess of America
Georgia United States Pageants begins our top three in the third spot in the Best State Pageants of 2019! A state preliminary to the United States National Pageants, Georgia United States Pageants look for beautiful contestants with an emphasis on a platform. Directed by LaCrisha Burton Saba, Georgia United States Pageants has an amazing age range from eight to thirty six and over! Any woman can give Georgia United States Pageants a try! With phases of competition like Swimsuit/Fitness, On-stage Question, Interview and Evening Gown, every contestant can become skilled in a variety of ways by preparing for this event. If you're a Georgia Peach, the Georgia United States Pageants are perfect for you!
Photo: Sarah Elizabeth Joyner
Mrs. DC America places second in our Best State Pageants list! As a state preliminary to the Mrs America and Miss for America pageants. They strive to have contestants who have obtained, and want to continue to obtain, extraordinary personal and public achievements. Made for married and single women, the phases of competition include Swimsuit, Interview and Evening Gown! Interview accounts for 50 percent of one's score, thereby putting as much emphasis on the woman and her personality as anything else. Mrs. DC America creates an amazing experience for every single one of its contestants and fosters an event where women can celebrate their professional accomplishments. Congratulations!
Photo: Ali Rizvi Photography/Mrs. DC America
Miss West Coast and Miss South Bay Pageants makes our number one spot on the Best State Pageants of 2019 list! A preliminary to the United States and Miss USA pageants, this pageant is proudly produced by Miss West Coast Productions Inc. With an age range of four to twenty nine and over, the phases of competition include Evening Gown, Swimsuit, Interview, Activewear and On-stage Question, which perfectly prepares contestants and titleholders for their lives and national pageants! With over $100,000 in prizes in scholarships, modeling contracts and other physical gifts, Miss West Coast and Miss South Bay Pageants is the best pageant for a California girl who is looking for a great start in pageantry! Congratulations!
Photo: Miss West Coast and Miss South Bay Pageants
National Elite Pageants makes it into the tenth spot for Best National Pageants of 2019. They are an "elite" pageant that looks for girls and women who are poised, confident and looking to make a difference. They have nine age divisions from Tiny Miss up to Mrs., and there are five phases of competition from fun fashion to state costume. You are sure to be in for a fun experience when competing in this pageant. No wonder it's in the top ten!
Photo: Legnar Ekim Photography
Miss World America was selected as the ninth Best Pageant of 2019! This pageant's motto is "Beauty with a Purpose,” which comes from its parent pageant Miss World. The United States has continuously sent a representative to Miss World since its inception in 1951. When competing in Miss World America, contestants must submit a "Beauty with a Purpose" project package, in which they describe what charity work they are passionate about and will champion during their reign. They are also required to engage on social media during the entire pageant. With these unique elements, the winner is sure to be a well-rounded queen!
Photo: Miss World America
Miss South Africa Pageant was chosen for the eighth spot for Best National Pageants of 2019. In the past five years, this organization has done exceptionally well on the international Miss Universe stage, with South Africa being crowned Miss Universe in 2017, 1st Runner-Up in 2018 and Miss Universe in 2019! At the Miss South Africa organization, they teach that the ability to succeed in the face of adversity gives birth to greatness. They believe that Miss South Africa should be the people's queen, always engaging with people from all over the country. With the success they've had, it's no wonder they have made their way into the top ten!
Photo: Willem Botha
Binibining Pilipinas Pageant comes in at the seventh Best National Pageant of 2019! This pageant produces the top women from the Philippines to be representatives at the major international pageants including: Miss International, Miss Globe, Miss Grand International, Miss Intercontinental and Miss Supranational. For the last four decades, this pageant has been all about nation-building, and all of the proceeds from their pageant have been donated to a string of orphanages in Metro Manila. They have been successful on the international stage, having multiple international winners and placements in the past five years.
Photo: Ocam Productions
United States of America Pageants was selected as the sixth best National Pageant of 2019. They have four age divisions: Teen, Miss, Ms and Mrs. This fairly new system has really made a name for themselves in a short time! The pageant is designed to encourage women to strive to achieve their hopes, dreams, goals and aspirations, all while making them feel confident and beautiful inside and out! They believe the true definition of beauty is "The unique set of combinations that make you, you!" Their motto is to empower women, inspire others, & uplift everyone! With a great motto like that, it's no surprise that they have landed a spot in the top ten!
Photo: Altenburg Studio
Miss Jr. High, High School and Collegiate America lands in the top ten for another year, as they take the fifth spot for Best National Pageants of 2019! The Miss High School America Scholarship Pageant Organization was started in 2009, for the purpose of providing personal and professional opportunities for young women. It is their goal to provide outstanding junior high, high school and collegiate girls the opportunity to compete in a prestigious national level scholarship pageant. This pageant partnered with the Livingston Foundation to be able to award over $400,000 in cash scholarships to their national winners over the past ten years. Being crowned a queen in this pageant system is a big dream for many of the young women who compete.With the prestige they have, it's no surprise they have landed in the top ten!
Photo: Jeanna Beasley Photography
National American Miss was selected for the fourth spot in Best National Pageants of 2019. NAM is a program based on the foundational principle of fostering positive self-image by enhancing natural beauty within. National American Miss is a program designed for today's girl. They aim to celebrate America's greatness and the individuality of American girls. It is a program centered around helping young ladies grow and expand their ideas about who they are and what they want to achieve. They want every girl to realize that she truly can take hold of her dreams and make them real! They have a production like no other and those who compete in this pageant walk away having had a life changing experience!
Photo: National American Miss
USA National Miss was chosen as the third Best National Pageant of 2019! USA National Miss is an award-winning national pageant organization that exists to enrich the lives of young women ages four through 25 through a fulfilling pageant experience that leaves them encouraged, renewed and inspired. Awarding over a million dollars in cash, college scholarships and prizes since its inception in 2010, UNM also assists young women in developing a lifestyle of service and provides young women with extraordinary opportunities. This year they will be celebrating 10 years of producing a great pageant that has positively impacted a lot of women around the country! The USA National Miss "Super 6" are having a great reign so far and that's why they claimed the number 3 spot!
Photo: Amanda Ferguson Photography
Miss Earth USA comes in at the second Best National Pageant of 2019! This pageant will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year! This Virginia-based pageant takes pride in being "for pageant queens, by pageant queens" with an all-female national leadership team. This organization has produced international winners for Miss Earth, Teen Earth, Ms. Earth and Mrs. Earth. In addition to pageant participation, the Miss Earth USA organization hosts major events each year, including shows at New York Fashion Week, Puerto Rico mission trips and Think Global - Act Local month. They partner with organizations such as Climate Reality and the Clean Earth Project to encourage year-round education and activism by all delegates from coast to coast. The winner of Miss Earth USA advances to the international Miss Earth pageant.
Photo: Eva Flis Photography
Miss and Mr. Diamond Australia takes the top spot as the Best National Pageant of 2019! They celebrate the beauty and diversity of every individual! They are more than a pageant, as they consider themselves to be a hero community initiative. The organization is focused on building a program for men and women of all ages to have a platform to raise awareness and funds for a cause that is important to them. Since 2015, they have raised over $230,000 for the various charities that contestants represent. With such a positive pageantry experience for both men and women, they have landed in the top spot!
Photo: Miss and Mr Diamond Australia
Miss Grand International was voted into the tenth spot for Best International Pageants of 2019! 2019 marked the seventh anniversary for the Miss Grand International pageant! It was held in Caracas, Venezuela and Valentina Figuera, who represented Venezuela, walked away with the crown! Miss Grand International awards contestants for Best National Costume, Best in Swimsuit, Best in Evening Gown, Best Social Media and Miss Popular Vote Award. The aim of Miss Grand International (MGI) Beauty Pageant is to spread peace through their STOP THE WAR and VIOLENCE campaign. The messages will be delivered across the world, at regional, national and global events, in print, online and on television. Miss Grand International Beauty Pageant aims to be the beginning for a better life for all.
Photo: Miss Grand International
Eco International was voted into the ninth spot for Best International Pageants of 2019! Miss Eco International is an international beauty competition that brings together representatives of different cultures and traditions from all over the world. Its main objective is to promote the importance of saving our environment, in addition to marketing tourism across the world. This competition focuses on the wellness of the mind, body and spirit of all the candidates that represent all the countries from across the world. During competition weeks, the contestants participate in photo shoots, parties and sightseeing trips!
Photo: Miss Eco International
Galaxy International was voted into the eighth spot for Best International Pageants of 2019! They emphasize 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. They offer different age groups to compete in from Teen to Mrs. making this pageant inclusive for women of all ages! Contestants compete in Interview, Fashionwear, Swimsuit and Evening Gown.
During the week, the contestants participate in the "Miss Pajama Party Diva" pageant. Delegates have fun modeling their coolest pj's and tell the "judges" why they chose those particular pajamas and how it represents their personality. This fun bonding activity allows competitors to relax before the competition! Sounds like fun to us!
Photo: Galaxy Pageants
Ms. World International was voted into the seventh spot for Best International Pageants of 2019! The goal of the Ms. World International Pageant is to inspire women from every country, continent and culture to come together, in the spirit of competition, to share their passions and promote their platforms on an international stage. The 2019 pageant was held in Miami, Florida and the delegates enjoyed events like photoshoots, yacht parties (so jealous), jet skiing and so much more! The women compete in Beauty, Fitness, Interview and Introduction. The Ms. World Corporation is in its 15th year of producing international and national competitions for women to showcase their individual achievements!
Photo: Ms. World International
Mrs. Universal was voted into the sixth spot for Best International Pageants of 2019! The 2019 competition was held in Playa del Carmen, Mexico and Army Veteran Christy Hinnant took home the title! This international pageant is for women ages 25 plus who will compete in interview, fitness and formal gown. The winner walks away with not only a sparkly crown and sash, but also Mrs. Universal and her hotel covered for the following year's pageant!
Photo: Mrs. Universal
Mrs. World was voted into the fifth spot for Best International Pageants of 2019! Mrs. World is the first beauty pageant for married women creating that new genre in 1984. Now with its sister system, Mrs. America, it's the biggest and best in the world. Mrs. World features directors in 80 countries, which has elevated the combined systems to the largest and most successful of its genre. The 2019 pageant was held in Las Vegas, Nevada so you know the contestants were bound to have a lot of fun! We love this trailblazing pageant and all of the doors it has opened for married women around the world!
Photo: Mrs. World Facebook
International Junior Miss was voted into the fourth spot for Best International Pageants of 2019! The International Junior Miss pageant was held in Texas and delegates from around the world flew in to compete. IJM has age divisions for Jr. Princess, Princess, Pre-Teen, Jr. Teen, Teen, Miss and Ms. Contestants compete in Interview, Fun Fashion and Evening Gown for the opportunity to earn a cash scholarship, go on an international vacation, the opportunity to sign with MMG Model Management, an invitation to attend the Sherri Hill New York Fashion Week show and so much more!
Photo: Goodwin Photography
Miss International Beauty Pageant was voted into the third spot for Best International Pageants of 2019! Miss International was born in the United States, in Long Beach, California in 1960. The 2019 pageant was held in Tokyo, Japan and contestants from over 65 countries and regions flew in to compete! Miss International Beauty Pageant is part of the "big four" international beauty pageants and is the fourth largest international pageant after Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss Earth. The winner of the Miss International Beauty Pageant lives in Tokyo during her reign and helps promote the "Miss International Fund" that donates to UNICEF.
Photo: Miss International Beauty Pageant Facebook
Miss World was voted into the second spot for Best International Pageants of 2019! The 2019 pageant was held in London, England on December 14th and Toni-Ann Singh from Jamaica was crowned the 69th Miss World! Miss World was founded in 1951 by Eric Morley in the United Kingdom. Miss World contestants participate in Beach Fashion, Beauty with a Purpose, Multimedia, Sports, Talent and Top Model leading up to the final competition. The Miss World organization created Beauty With A Purpose to raise money for Cleft Palate teams. The Beauty with a Purpose Award is presented at the final pageant each year after contestants present their community service and charitable projects. The contestant with the best project receives the award, which adds many points to their final score, as well as awarding $10,000 to the winner's chosen charity.
Photo: Miss World Organization
Miss Universe was voted into the number one spot for Best International Pageants of 2019! Miss Universe took the top spot in 2018 as well! This pageant encourages every woman to get out of her comfort zone, be herself and continue to define what it means to be "confidently beautiful." Miss Universe earns a luxurious New York apartment, with living expenses paid for, a year's supply of makeup and hair products, a modeling portfolio shot by leading photographers, professional health and nutrition consultations, extensive travel sponsorship, support from charitable partners, professional representation by the Miss Universe Organization and personal styling and wardrobe by the Miss Universe Organization stylists.
Photo: Miss Universe Organization
Pretty in Pink placed at the 10th spot on our list of pageants for the Top 10 Princess/Jr. Princess Pageants of 2019! This is a newer pageant system that is based out of Wisconsin, although they have competitions all over the country.
"The Pink Ladies," as they like to call themselves, offer an amazing experience for girls that allow them to embrace their differences while bonding over their uniqueness! Pretty In Pink embraces girls of all ages, races and sizes, and they also have a unique yearly pageant that celebrates and is specifically designed for and geared towards those with special needs!
Photo: Pretty in Pink
American Royal Beauties was selected for the number nine position! American Royal Beauties is a natural scholarship pageant whose goal is to develop young ladies into future leaders of tomorrow with good moral values, goals and community presence.
The pageant's national community service goal is to partner with organizations that support and empower women. They strive to serve these women and encourage their royalty to be actively involved with these organizations. The pageant's motto, "Crown to Serve," reflects this statement. American Royal Beauties desires that all of their contestants and their families enjoy a fun and relaxing pageant weekend, where every girl will walk away with precious memories and life-long friends.
Photo: American Royal Beauties
Placing at number eight on the list this year is Miss American Coed!
Using the fun and excitement of pageantry, along with a family friendly atmosphere, Miss American Coed endeavors to teach women and girls across the country important life skills while shaping the leaders of tomorrow.
The pageant values natural beauty and promoting confidence in your own skin, and for this reason they keep their events natural, age appropriate and do not allow makeup on contestants under the age of 13 for their overall phases of competition. With eight age divisions, a wide array of optional competitions, and a week of Disney fun there's something for everyone at Miss American Coed!
Photo: iCandy Photography
Selected for the number seven spot is America's Majestic Miss! America's Majestic Miss is a national scholarship pageant that empowers young ladies to showcase their talents and skills, develop poise and confidence and reach their dreams as they represent their states at the national pageant. The pageant thrives on celebrating the individuality of each contestant today while giving young women and their families' incredible memories to last a lifetime!
Photo: America's Majestic Miss
Placing in the number six position on the list this year is 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.
Founded in the fall of 2010 by the mother daughter team of Barbara and Kristin Thurston, the pageant was established to promote each contestant's individual strength, while encouraging its queens, contestants and families to serve as ambassadors and to be involved in their communities. 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.
In 2019, National Director Barbara Thurston passed away. Contestants and pageant staff continue to carry on her legacy with the campaign #BeTheGood for Barbara, where they become the good they wish to see in the world.
Photo: Crocker Photo
Coming in at the number five spot is International United Miss! International United Miss takes pride in recognizing the incredible accomplishments of their queens and competitors, both achieved on and off the pageant stage. Their experienced directors, along with their staff, have worked diligently to create a pageant organization focused on the competition aspects that they feel work the best and that delegates enjoy the most.
The pageant knows that beauty is not only on the outside, but the inside as well, which is why they have based their system around the aspects of personal judges' interview, community service and involvement, as well as poise and personality during on stage competitions.
Photo: International United Miss
Selected for the number four slot is Royal International Miss! In the traditional world of pageantry, Royal International Miss offers a unique blend of glamour and elegance to both first-time pageant entrants and seasoned veterans alike!
Empowering young women while giving them the opportunity to grow and develop a positive self-image is the focus of the Royal International Miss Scholarship Program. By providing opportunities for young women and girls to cultivate their talents and public speaking abilities, the pageant helps facilitate poise and self-confidence.
Photo: Stephanie Warrick - Beyond the See Photography
Ranking at number three is USA National Miss! USA National Miss is an award-winning national pageant organization that exists to enrich the lives of young women ages 4 to 25, through an unsurpassed pageant experience that leaves them encouraged, renewed and inspired.
Awarding over a million dollars in cash, college scholarships and prizes since its inception in 2010, UNM also assists young women in developing a lifestyle of service and provides young women with extraordinary opportunities.
Director Jackie Watson goes out of her way to promote the concept of positive pageantry (#positivepageantry) and encourages her contestants to support causes and charities, including their national anti-bullying platform The Crown C.A.R.E.S. (Creating A Respectful Environment in Schools).
In addition to the there required areas of competition, they also have a variety of optionals. USA National Miss holds their national competition at Walt Disney World in Orlando!
Photo: Austin Ryde
Selected for the second spot is 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.
Awards are provided for academic achievement, volunteer service and spirit of participation. Additional scholarships are provided for excellence in talent, modeling, public speaking and other optional categories.
Photo: Goodwin Photography
Topping the list of the best pageants for the Princess/Jr. Princess Division this year is National American Miss! Whether you’ve competed in a few pageants before, or are new to the pageant world, National American Miss is a great way to gain confidence and experience in the pageant industry.
At National American Miss contestants compete in four different categories on pageant weekend; formal wear, personal introduction, interview and community service project. National American Miss also has an array of optional contests for contestants to compete in.
The pageant’s goal is to grow confidence and teach real world skills while helping young ladies develop and expand their ideas about who they are and what they want to achieve. They want every girl to realize that she truly can take hold of her dreams and make them real!
Photo: National American Miss
Starting off our list in the tenth spot for best Preteen and Jr Preteen pageants is PURE International Pageants. Based out of the United States, this pageant started as a national pageant and grew into an international system, welcoming girls and ladies from all over the world. PURE International's PreTeen division starts at age nine and ends at age 11.
PURE international follows their motto of "Inspire! Lead! and Achieve! At PURE, we believe in you!" The PURE directors encourage all of the contestants to follow this motto throughout their year reign.
Photo: PURE International Facebook Page
Coming in the ninth spot is National Elite Pageants based out of Texas. National Elite pageants have a Preteen category which starts at age 10 and ends at age 12. At National Elite pageants competitors compete in five competitions, Fun Fashion, Formal Wear, State costume, Personal interview and Onstage Question. This system is a community service lead pageant, all state and national queens are required to make at least one appearance a month. National Elite pageants pride themself on creating "a stress-free, exciting and high-quality pageant experience and production" at all of their national and state pageants.
National Elite pageants is directed by Crystal Seidler.
Miss Next Level Youth Pageants placed eighth on the list this year. Miss Next Level pageant is a mentoring program and pageant for individuals all over the world. Founded by Evelyn McCleod in 2011. Miss Next Level has since obtained their 501c3 status. All of the staff are volunteers. During the pageant, the contestants gain skills in public speaking, pageant walk, interview skills, bio and resume skills. The pageant helps contestants with sponsorships to larger, more expensive systems, encouraging their titleholders and contestants to continue farther in pageantry. As a titleholder in the Next Level Youth system, you are expected to give back to the community, as that is what the system is all about.
Photo: Miss Next Level Pageant and Mentoring Program Facebook
Miss Royalty International, based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin is number seven on our list! Miss Royalty International preteen category starts at age 10 and goes to age 11, the Jr Teen category starts at age 13 and goes to age 15. The Miss Royalty International Pageants is a family orientated system with the motto of MRI - Making a Real Impact, so naturally, the directors encourage girls to do just that in their communities.
At Miss Royalty International, all contestants compete in fun fashion, evening gown and a panel-style interview. There is also a non-judged opening number where the contestants announce their name and state or country they are representing. Contestants can also be a participant in optionals per age group.
The Miss Royalty International system is directed by Cheryl Smukowski and Michelle Becker.
Photo: Daniel DuVerney
In the sixth spot in Princess of America, based out of Missouri. At Princess of America, the contestants compete in four categories: round-robin interview, personal introduction, formal wear and on-stage question. Not only are the contestants eligible to win their divisional titles, but they can also win the Superstar title for having the highest overall score in talent. They can also win an Ambassador title based on community service and interview. Princess of America is directed by Teresa Thomas Foli and her staff!
Photo: Princess of America Facebook
Next on our list, coming in fifth is International United Miss. International United Miss' Preteen age group goes from 11 to 13. Contestants at International United Miss are judged in five different categories: evening gown, one-on-one interview, fun fashion, introduction and community involvement. For those who win a state pageant, or have an open appointed title for the state, compete for the International Queen title. For those who placed as a runner-up for the state, a state optional or their appointed state is already taken, they can compete for the National title option orf National United Miss. International United Miss is directed by Krisann Evelyn and her staff!
Photo: Krisann Evelyn
Coming in fourth is ANTSO - America's National Teenager Scholarship Organization. This USA-based national pageant has a Preteen category starting at age 10 and ending at age 12. Contestants at ANTSO compete in five different categories: interview, academics, community service/leadership, onstage question, cocktail wear and evening gown. ANTSO also offers optional competition and titles in talent, speech cheerleading and more.
The national competition takes place in Orlando, Florida, and the competitors have fun during pageant week and get to know one another while doing fun and exciting activities. Some of the pageant week activities include a day at Disney World, a trip to Busch Gardens, a family fun night and so much more! ANTSO is directed by an amazing group of dedicated individuals and has been operating as a pageant for over 50 years.
Photo: Goodwin Photography
National American Miss wins the third spot on our list this year! National American Miss state queens will go to nationals to compete for a chance to become a National American Miss Queen. State court, state optional winners and past state queens can come to nationals and compete for a chance to become a National All-American Miss Queen. At Nationals, finalists for both groups compete in Formal Wear, Personal Introduction, Interview, and resume. Contestants at National American Miss must also do a community service project, which will count for 10 percent of their overall score. The full 10 percent will be added to the contestant's final score if they can prove they have completed four hours of community service. National American Miss strives to see all of their girls achieve their motto of "growing confidence." After you compete at National American Miss you will have skills to last a lifetime!
Photo: National American Miss
The International Junior Miss scholarship pageant is second on the list this year. The International Junior Miss pageant is a program that has been created to help encourage the women and youth of today to see their own achievements and to build self-awareness. International Junior Miss has a preteen category starting at age 10 and ending at age 12. At International Junior Miss you compete in interview, fun fashion and evening gown. There are also prizes up for grabs at Internationals for optional competitions such as talent, casual wear, spokesmodel, photogenic and more.
Photo: International Junior Miss
Our number one spot was USA National Miss, a national pageant held in Florida. USA National Miss has Preteen division starting at age 10 and ending at age 13! USA National Miss delegates compete in interview, fun fashion and gown. USA National Miss has a national platform that all delegates represent called Crown C.A.R.E.S, Creating A Respectful Environment in Schools. Crown C.A.R.E.S is a national anti-bullying platform the delegate can spread awareness throughout her reign along with other worthwhile causes and charities. Taking place on the Walt Disney World property, nationals is a blast for all. Some of the highlights include a trip to Walt Disney World, a glamour gala, meet and greet and several fun age division parties!
Photo: USA National Miss
Royal International Miss makes our tenth place in our Top 10 Jr. Teen and Teen Pageants of 2019 list! As they mention on their website, Royal International Miss... "offers a unique blend of glamour and elegance to the traditional world of pageantry."
With a goal to develop a positive self image for their titleholders and contestants, as well as a scholarship award for their winners, Royal International MIss keeps their contestants in mind, especially their teen contestants who are going through an important time in their lives. All contestants compete in phases of competition like interview, introduction, fun fashion and evening gown. With the Role Model program, which helps their contestants volunteer in their communities, Royal International Miss is perfect for a teen contestant! Give Royal International Miss a try!
Photo: Beyond the Sea Photography
Miss Earth Teen USA makes its mark in our ninth place in our Top 10 Jr. Teen and Teen Pageants of 2019! Perfect for the environmentally conscious, Miss Earth Teen USA allows girls with environment-based platforms to shine a light on their causes! With phases of competition like swimwear, interview, evening wear, environmental project and more, Miss Earth Teen USA is made for young women who want to succeed in having a great interview experience and making an environmental difference. Miss Earth Teen USA also earns the right to represent the United States at Miss Teen Eco International! If you want the opportunity to make an environmental difference while being glamorous, be a beauty with a cause and represent the United States internationally, Miss Earth Teen USA is for you!
Photo: Jim K. Decker Photography
International United Miss makes its way into our eighth spot in our Best in Teen Pageants! International United Miss Teen is a scholarship based pageant with an amazing prize package! With phases of competition like high fashion runway, community involvement, interview and evening gown, International United Miss is perfect for teens who want to become a well-rounded young woman! With a catch phrase like, "IUM, where you matter most," IUM makes sure to foster an environment where young women can succeed in their communities! If you want to feel like you're apart of the family and make a positive difference in your community, International United Miss is for you!
Photo: Kris Ann Evelyn
Princess of America lands itself in our seventh position in Best of Teen Pageants! Princess of America wants to empower women to showcase their true beauty and brains as much as possible! They want women to walk away from their pageants feeling absolutely confident in themselves with or without the additional makeup or hair, and that is extremely empowering! With phases of competition like interview, personal question, formal wear, and on-stage question, they want to give their contestants the opportunity to speak as much as possible to showcase their personalities! With prizes totaling up to $20,000, there's also a great incentive for young women to give Princess of America a try! If you want to showcase your natural beauty and as much of your personality as possible, Princess of America is for you!
Photo: Princess of America
America's National Teenager Scholarship Organization places sixth in our Best in Teen Pageants list! ANTSO is a pageant system that makes sure to focus on their contestants, as 70 percent of their scored competitions, like interview, academics, community service and on-stage question, focus on the contestant and their accomplishments! They want to combine glamour with goal-driven young women who make a point to achieve all of their dreams! ANTSO also has optional competitions like speech, talent, acting, supermodel and state costume which allow women even more opportunities to showcase their true talents! As their name suggests, they also gift their titleholders with scholarships for college! America's National Teenager Scholarship Organization is made for the goal oriented, glamourous woman!
International Junior Miss starts the top five of our Best in Teen Pageants! "I Just Might" is the slogan for this amazing pageant system! Defining themselves as a "naturally polished" pageant system, IJM has multiple phases of competition such as interview, fun fashion and evening gown! They also have many optional contests in which women can showcase the fun sides of their personalities! With an amazing prize package and sponsors like Sherri Hill, IJM creates amazing experiences for their titleholders that they will never forget. For women who are looking for a confidence boost and an amazing reign chock full of experiences, International Junior Miss is for you!
Photo: Kathy Whittaker Photography
National American Miss makes our fourth spot in or Best Teen Pageants! NAM, as its more affectionately known, fosters a feeling of family and self confidence! Made for young women to create a feeling of self love, self confidence and gain valuable communication skill, National American Miss wants to help you grow these valuable skills to be able to help you build a better future! With their NAMily, National American Miss wants you to leave their pageants making as many friends as possible and becoming a better young woman. With phases of competition like evening gown, personal introduction, and interview, NAM wants their contestants to become as eloquent as possible through their program. With their many optional competitions like spokesmodel, top model search, photogenic, casual wear modeling, and much more, NAM wants their contestants to express themselves as much as possible! Finally, with an amazing prize package that includes a $5,000 scholarship and a brand new car, NAM has one of the best prize packages to offer. If you're looking for a system that will give you the skills to succeed in life, National American Miss is for you!
Photo: National American Miss
Miss Jr. High, High School and Collegiate America makes our third spot in our Best in Teen Pageants! Beginning in 2009, Miss Jr. High, High School and Collegiate America has grown so much in the last ten years! Wanting to provide personal and professional opportunities for their contestants, Miss Jr. High, High School and Collegiate America has awarded $400,000 to their contestants and others through the Livingston Foundation!
Their phases of competition include fun fashion, evening wear and interview, which ensures that their contestants will be well rounded young women! They also have an immense prize package worth $100,000 per national titleholder! If you are looking to create more opportunities for yourself, then Miss Jr. High, High School and Collegiate America system is for you!
Photo: Sheldon Smith
USA National Miss comes in at our second spot in our Best in Teen Pageants list! Also ten years young, USA National Miss has left an indelible mark on the teen pageant scene! With a slogan like, "more than a pageant... it's a lifestyle," USA National Miss awards scholarships, encourages leadership through service and creates an undeniable sisterhood.
USA National Miss advocates for anti-bullying through their charity entitled Crown CARES (Creating A Respectful Environment in Schools). They look for contestants who can partake in this charity and view the world through a positive lens! With phases of competition like interview, evening gown, runway fashion and on-stage question, USA National Miss wants to enrich the lives of their contestants! With a one hundred thousand dollar prize package, USA National Miss ensures that their titleholders have the best chance at an amazing reign and a wonderful and successful life with the skills they've learned through their program! USA National Miss is an amazing system for young women who are looking to spread positivity!
Photo: Amanda Ferguson
Miss Teen USA comes in at number one on our Best Teen Pageants of 2019! One of the oldest and most prestigious teen pageants, Miss Teen USA has contestants who embody their, "confidently beautiful" slogan! With phases of competition like evening gown, activewear and interview, Miss Teen USA is looking for educated, beautiful young women with amazing dreams and inspiring accomplishments!
This year, Miss Teen USA has begun to put more of a focus on the interview portion of their competition as they are looking for a well rounded spokesmodel who can inspire girls around the country! Miss Teen USA advocates for charities such as Best Buddies and Smile Train during their reign, have the opportunity to model in New York Fashion Week and have access to an apartment in New York City during their reign! If you are looking to become a role model for young girls and make a difference, Miss Teen USA is for you!
Photo: Miss Universe Organization
International Junior Miss was voted into our number ten spot for Best Miss Pageants of 2019! This Texas based pageant has competitors fly in from all over the globe to compete! Contestants are judged on interview, fun fashion and evening gown, but can also compete in optionals like talent, casual wear, photogenic and many more! The winner walks away with a cash prize, a wardrobe allowance, an Invitation to the Sherri Hill New York Fashion Week show and the list goes on!
Photo: Kathy Whittaker Photography
Miss Intercontinental was voted into our number nine spot for Best Miss Pageants of 2019! This pageant got its start in 1971 and has been going strong ever since. Contestants ages 18-27 compete in evening gown, swimsuit and a personality interview and are judged on their overall beauty, elegance, personality, poise and communication. The current Miss Intercontinental is from Hungary and works on projects which provide nutrition, clothes and toys for disadvantaged children of poor families.
Photo: Miss Intercontinental Facebook
Miss Grand International was voted into the eighth spot for our Best Miss Pageants of 2019! Miss Grand International is one of the five "Grand Slam Beauty Pageants" in the world. They encourage education and awareness, in order to aim for their STOP THE WAR and VIOLENCE campaign. Contestants are awarded for Best National Costume, Best in Swimsuit, Best in Evening Gown, Best Social Media and Miss Popular Vote Award.
Photo: Miss Grand International Facebook
The Miss Galaxy pageant was voted into the seventh spot for Best Miss Pageants of 2019! 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. Contestants are judged in the following areas: Photographic, Interview, Fashion Wear, Swimwear and Evening Gown.
Photo: Miss Galaxy Facebook
The Miss Global pageant was voted into the sixth spot for Best Miss Pageants of 2019! It is an extravagant and prestigious competition beyond just the physical beauty of women from all over the world. The contestants are encouraged to express their individuality with poise, grace and wits. Being the Winner of Miss Global, a beauty and cultural pageant, is being a sponsor of goodwill, a trendsetter for leadership, and an ambassador for beauty and cultural diversity. Contestants compete in preliminary interviews, international wear, swimwear, evening wear and top five finale questionnaires and the winner walks away with $20,000 worth of gifts/prizes/scholarship!
* This ranking was received as a result of the Miss Global pageant's efforts in 2019. It does not take into account the events that unfolded at the recent 2020 pageant.
Photo: Miss Global Organization Facebook
Miss USA was voted into the fifth spot for Best Miss Pageants of 2019! Miss USA is a preliminary pageant to the Miss Universe competition. The winner of Miss USA receives modeling opportunities, travel opportunities to speak to schools and the opportunity to live in an apartment in New York City! The Miss USA Organization works closely with the Best Buddies Organization and USO throughout her reign. Miss USA provides the approximately 10,000 women who participate annually an international platform to effect positive change personally, professionally and philanthropically as inspirational leaders and role models.
Cheslie Kryst Miss USA 2019. Photo: Miss USA Organization
Miss Supranational was voted into the fourth spot for Best Miss Pageants of 2019! This TV Show Spectacular enjoys not only tremendous viewing figures and popularity in the host country Poland but, also internationally. Their motto is Glamour, Fashion and Natural Beauty. In order to capture the title of Miss Supranational and win a cash prize of $30,000, contestants must compete in interview, national costume, swimsuit and evening gown. Anntonia Porsild from Thailand was crowned in December 2019. During her year as Miss Supranational 2019, she hopes to be an ambassador for charitable causes, tourism and health.
Photo: Miss Supranational Website
The Miss International Beauty Pageant was voted into the third spot for Best Miss Pageants of 2019! The first Miss International was held in Long Beach in 1960. Ever since, they have welcomed over 70 beautiful goodwill ambassadors and have been contributing toward making international friendships and having a mutual understanding between nations. Miss International established the "Miss International Fund" which donates money to underprivileged children around the world, through Unicef and other charity institutions.
Photo: Miss International Website
Miss World was voted into the second spot for Best Miss Pageants of 2019 after having been voted third in 2018! The Miss World pageant was created in 1951 by Eric Morley making it the longest running major international pageant. Established in 1972 by Julia Morley, Beauty with a Purpose works closely with many charitable organizations, primarily to give back to children around the world. Beauty with a Purpose has helped in funding Cleft Palate Teams in South America, Sri Lanka and Russia, done three fundraising tours to support abandoned and neglected children in Vietnam and provided long term support for both Operation Hunger and the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Africa. Miss World contestants participate in Beach Fashion, Beauty with a Purpose, Multi-Media, Sports, Talent, and Top Model, leading up to the final completion.
Photo: Miss World Website
For the second year in a row, the Miss Universe pageant was voted into the number one spot for our Best Miss Pageants of 2019 list! The contestants compete in interview, swimsuit, evening gown and onstage question. The Miss Universe Organization recognizes that research has shown the number one obstacle for women to overcome in reaching their potential in any endeavor is a lack of self-confidence and that is why the Miss Universe Organization focuses on their contestants being "Confidently Beautiful." The winner of Miss Universe walks away with a monetary prize, travel opportunities, an apartment in NYC with Miss USA as her roomie and so much more! This year Zozibini Tunzi from South Africa walked away with the title of Miss Universe 2019! Zozibini is a passionate activist and engaged in the fight against gender based violence and is a proud advocate for natural beauty and encourages women to love themselves the way they are.
Photo: Miss Universe Organization
Royal International Miss Scholarship Program comes in the tenth spot on the Top 10 Ms. Pageants of 2019. Royalty International MIss, also known in the pageant world as RIM, is a scholarship based pageant that takes place in Orlando, Florida, USA. This international pageant has preliminary in several states, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Royal International Miss' Ms contestants compete in three required competitions, Interview, Fashion wear and Evening Gown. They can also take place in several optional competitions such as Top Model, Purple Passion, Talent and Casual wear to name just a few.
Photo: Beyond the See Photography
Coming in the ninth spot is Captivating Pageants, which takes place in Columbus, Ohio each year. Captivating pageants have seen a large variety of both American contestants as well as representatives from Canada and Puerto Rico. Ms. Captivating's title is open to all women ages 21 and up! With the motto of #BeYou, Captviting Pageants look for representatives that are true to themselves on the competition stage. All contestants compete in Eveningwear, Fashion wear, Interview, Fitness, and on-stage question, so all representatives can show the judges how they will represent the system and their motto of #BeYou!
Photo: Yasin Cuevas Facebook
PURE International pageants win the eighth spot on this year's list with their Ms category! PURE International Ms age category starts at age 30 and ends at age 44, the contestants in this group can be single, married, divorced or widowed. At PURE International pageants, all competitors are required to compete in Parade of Nations, Formalwear and Personal Interview. The contestants are also given the opportunity to compete in optional competitions for prizes and optional titles such as Cover Girl, Supreme star talent titles and so many more! With delegates coming from as far away as the United Kingdom, PURE is sure to excite their competitors.
Photo: Clover Storm Photography
The Global United Pageant wins the seventh position in the best Ms pageants of 2019. The Global United Pageant is a charity focused pageant, focusing on the important platform on childhood cancer awareness. Based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, each international queen wins at least $50 for a charity of their choosing! To become Ms. Global United you must be at least 21 years old and no more then 45, contestants can have children but can not be married.
Global United contestants compete in Interview, country costume, personality wear, evening gown and an on-stage question. Contestants can also enter many different optional competitions such as Community service, and people's choice.
Photo: Global United Pageants
Winning sixth place of Top 10 Ms. Pageants of 2019 is America's Majestic Miss. America's Majestic Miss Started in 2012 with a goal to empower women and girls in the United States. Encouraging their titleholders to participate in a community service project and focusing on what their contestants do in the community is important to this system.
Women who compete in the Americas Majestic Ms. pageant will compete in interview, majestic wear (fun fashion) and evening gown. The Ms. category is the highest category in the pageant, an option for all pageant women 25-years-old and older!
Photo: America's Majestic Miss
Finishing halfway through our list is Ms. World International coming in fifth! Coming into their 15th year in the industry, the Ms. World International pageant strives to create a professional atmosphere at their pageants. Based out of Miami, Florida, Ms. World International promotes tourism, philanthropy and personal growth. The goal of Ms. World International pageant is to bring a contestant from every country to share their passions and platforms on an international scale. At Ms. World International the contestants are required to compete in evening gown, swimsuit, interview and photoshoot. They must also bring a National/State costume, however, the costume competition is not judged.
Photo: Ms. World International
International United Ms has won forth in the Top 10 Ms. Pageants of 2019! Contestants competing for the title of International United Ms. are required to be at least 21 years old and older. International United Miss requires all competitors to compete in a one-on-one interview, evening gown, fashion wear, introduction and community involvement. At International United Miss, community service is important, all contestants who can show they have done at least three hours of community service in there local or state community with receive 10 percent of their overall pageant score.
Photo: Kris Ann Evelyn
Ms. World comes next in third place for the Top 10 Ms. Pageants of 2019. The Ms. World pageant is a pageant solely for the Ms. competitors starting at age 26 and up. Ms. World provides each contestant with the opportunity for personal growth, development and self-expression, regardless of the age of the contestant. Ms. World is a partner with The National Organization for Womens Safter Awarness Inc. (NOWSA) The winner of Ms. World travels and touches on the importance of this organization and educates others on violence against women's presentation and about NOWSA.
At Ms. World all women have equal opportunity to achieve their dreams!
Photo: Ms. World
International Ms., comes in second place! An international pageant focused on showcasing their contestants' achievements and encouraging them to reach their next level. Contestants 26 years old to 49 years old compete in intro videos, social media, photogenic, interview, runway, resort wear, evening gown and on-stage question, in hopes to win the coveted title of International Ms.
Internationals are filled with fun for the contestants and their families including, a cruise, various family activities, city tour of Vegas Nevada and more, it is sure to be an exciting weekend!
Photo: International Ms.
Winning the top position in the best Ms. Pageant of 2019 is Mrs/Ms. Earth Pageants! An International Pageant based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. Mrs./Ms. Earth Pageants is aimed to celebrate the beauty in nature. Women from all over the earth come to Vegas to compete for this prestigious title. The pageant's goal is to provide an opportunity for its contestants to share their differences and achievements with the world and with one another. With a family atmosphere, it is suitable for both mothers and non-mothers alike, even offering a Jr. division so mothers and daughters may compete alongside one another.
Photo: Kristin Wetta
United States of America Pageants placed at the tenth spot on our list of Top 10 Mrs. Pageants this year!
The United States of America Pageants are designed to encourage women to strive to achieve their hopes, dreams, goals and aspirations, while making them feel confident and beautiful inside and out! The organization values individuality and believes that the true definition of beauty is "the unique set of combinations that make you, you!"
The pageant focuses on the empowerment of women, promoting positive self-image and advocating a platform of community service, which teaches their contestants to rise by lifting others. More importantly, they are an elite sisterhood that gives support and encouragement to inspire each delegate to be the best version of herself.
Their motto of United States of America Pageants is, "Empower women, inspire others, & uplift everyone!"
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National Elite Pageants came in at the number nine spot! National Elite Pageants is an all ages competition, which considers itself an "Elite" pageant system that is looking for poised, confident, beautiful women who want to make a difference.
They provide a stress free, exciting and high quality pageant experience and production which gives their queen's many opportunities to volunteer, make appearances and create lifelong friendships.
Making a difference is what this system is all about! Each titleholder is required to make one appearance or volunteer in her community once a month. The pageant believes that this teaches their contestants as well as their titleholders the value of giving back and serving others.
Photo: National Elite Pageants
ECO International Pageants placed in the number eight position on the list year!
The ECO International pageant brings together women from across the country to represent their communities and cultures and share their vision for cultural awareness, equality and environmental concerns. The pageant believes that a woman can have a positive impact on the environment and tourism on a global level, through her voice and her actions, while at the same time serving as a spokesperson for equality and cultural awareness.
The pageant seeks to find a likable, personable and approachable woman to wear the crown, without consideration to age, weight, height or pageant experience. Every delegate is scored fairly with emphasis being placed on one category over another. There are six areas of competition: Personal Interview, Platform Awareness, Resort Wear, Evening Gown, ECO Dress and Overall Impression.
Photo: Ahmed Arafa Photography
Selected for the number seven spot is 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.
Founded in the fall of 2010 by the mother-daughter team of Barbara and Kristin Thurston, the pageant was established to promote each contestant's individual strength, while encouraging its queens, contestants, and families to serve as ambassadors and to be involved in their communities. 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.
In 2019, National Director Barbara Thurston passed away. Contestants and pageant staff continue to carry on her legacy with the campaign #BeTheGood for Barbara, where they become the good they wish to see in the world.
Photo: USA Ambassador
Placing at number six on the list this year is Mrs. Earth! The mission of the Mrs. Earth and Ms. Earth pageant is to combine beauty and nature in a celebration of one of the Earth's greatest honors: being a woman!
The pageant's goal is to showcase women as they fulfill their dreams. They aim to provide a forum that celebrates and rewards women for their outstanding accomplishments and experiences.
Mrs. Earth states that the goal of the competition is to locate a role model that exemplifies woman-hood. The successful victor will be beautiful both inside and out. She will be the face and the voice of their organization, spreading the message of tourism, friendship, peace and harmony, awareness to special causes and preservation of our Mother Earth.
Photo: Mrs. Earth
Coming in at the number five position is the Mrs. Universal pageant!
Mrs. Universal is a pageant that was developed for married women from the age of 25 to 60 and has long been established as an organization with integrity, values and resilience. The pageant takes pride in going above and beyond any other pageant that their contestants have been a part of before.
When contestants were asked about what drew them to this particular system, the responses were primarily related to community service. When so many pageants require their delegates to support the pageant's own platform, Mrs. Universal encourages their contestants to choose what matters most to them.
Others have said that the reason they joined was the accessibility to the director and that the pageant system really is "universal" because they tend to value diversity in their winners. Mrs. Universal contends that each woman is unique in her own way and the pageant strongly encourages each participant to be comfortable in their own skin.
Photo: Mrs. Universal
Mrs. International placed in the number four spot on the list for best pageants for married women! The International Pageant system has three competitive divisions: Teen, Miss and the Mrs. Division for married women.
The focus behind Mrs. International is to showcase accomplished women 21 to 56 years old, who have been married for at least six months and are a resident of the United States. Each contestant competes in Interview Competition, Evening Gown and Fitness Wear. The pageant puts a strong emphasis on volunteering and supporting charities and important causes, therefore each contestant is strongly encouraged to select a special platform of her choice that she spends the year promoting.
One very special feature of the Mrs. Pageant is that each woman's husband is a part of the show, escorting their wives during the production of the Evening Gown competition. And, finally the man who is married to the lucky woman who wins the title, has the privilege of crowning his wife on stage at the end of the memorable evening!
Photo: Mrs. International
The Mrs. America pageant ranks third this year! Mrs. America was the first and foremost competition for married women in America. It was first created in 1938 and continued on until 1968. In 1977, after a nine year hiatus, it was revived by David Z. Marmel, who was instrumental in setting the new direction for the pageant and transforming the pageant into the multifaceted event it is today.
Now celebrating its 43rd year, it is considered to be the premiere pageant for married women. It has epitomized excellence, professionalism and the celebration of family values, and is supported by an office and full-time director in every state in America and the District of Columbia. The modern pageant, while maintaining its traditions, now seeks to recognize what David calls, "America's greatest natural resource: the contemporary married woman."
Mrs. America is the official preliminary to the Mrs. World pageant. In 2019, the Mrs. World organization created a second national title, Mrs. America World, in addition to the original national title of Mrs. America. Both of the winners compete at Mrs. World for the international crown.
Photo: Rhonda Gilliam Photography
Selected for the number two spot on the list is Mrs. Globe! Mrs. Globe is one of the most recognized names in the pageant industry at the state, national and international level.
Dr. Tracy Kemble who is a public figure and personal coach, created and owns the Mrs. Globe pageant system, along with other related Globe titles. They produce creative and quality events that offer both the enjoyment of competition and personal growth for each participant. The pageant endeavors to operate with the highest level of integrity and professionalism, and understands that they cannot produce their events or reach their communities without the support of the Globe delegates.
Mrs. Globe is committed to furthering the message of the pageant's charity called, W.I.N. (Women In Need) and through the power of the crown they strive to help others remember the beauty and power of their own dreams.
Photo: Mrs. Globe
Topping the list in the top spot for the best pageants for married women is Mrs. World! Mrs. World, which was created in 1984, was an entirely new genre and concept in beauty pageants at the time.
The pageant is the international level competition for the entire Mrs. America pageant system. All of the previous pageants around the globe culminate in this final week long competition, which takes place at various host countries. Mrs. World currently features directors in 80 countries which has elevated the combined systems to the largest and most successful of its kind.
In 2019 the Mrs. World organization created a second national title, Mrs. America World, in addition to the original national title of Mrs. America. Both of the women who win those titles compete at Mrs. World for the international crown.
Photo: Rhonda Gilliam Photography
International United Miss takes the tenth spot for the Top 10 Preteen Pageants of 2018. This system prides themselves on recognizing the accomplishments of their queens on and off the stage. There are seven age divisions ranging from Princess to Ms. Their pageant is usually held in July, with internationals this year is being held from July 14 - 20, 2019.
They offer an amazing prize package for their international queens, which includes a cash prize, services from Liz Everett Glam and trips to New York and Washington, D.C.! Titleholders participate in many opportunities including fashion shows and speaking engagements to promote positivity in the community. This is a great system for a preteen to gain some valuable pageant experience!
Photo: International United Miss Preteen Instagram
American Pageants has made it into the ninth spot for the Top 10 Preteen Pageants of 2018. This organization awards young women ages 7-26 for their outstanding personal achievements, leadership abilities and artistic skills. The organization has a partnership with Special Olympics. This system is unique because they focus on social inclusion and give titleholders funding to hold an event in partnership with the Special Olympics or Special Education department in their hometown. Their 2018 national pageant was held November 21-25 in Orlando, Florida.
The current 2019 titleholders received some great prizes, with the package being valued at over $60,000! In addition to scholarships, they receive three sessions of career and college advising from Kyle Elliott Consulting and tickets to Miss America.
One review says, that this pageant is “a wonderful experience that brings out the best in girls and young women.”
Photo: American Pageants Instagram
Coming in at the eighth spot for Top 10 Preteen Pageants of 2018 is Miss American Coed. Their motto is that “dreams do come true and this is where they start.” They offer a friendly and supportive environment so that the girls can gain self-confidence and self-esteem. This is a family-friendly and age-appropriate pageant. They encourage confidence through natural beauty and that is why no contestant under age 13 is allowed wear makeup. They also encourage teamwork and support of others achievements.
The prize package includes a cash award and travel allowance to return to next year’s pageant! Many of the contestants that compete are doing so for the first time, so this the perfect environment for preteen girls who want to get started in pageantry.
“My daughter looks forward ever year to Nationals this was her 3rd year she saw friends from the last 2 year and made more she say goodbye to the preteen and is looking forward to the coming year as a Jr teen awesome director wonderful staff very enjoyable time," one pageant mom said.
Photo: Dymond Elise Hayes Facebook
USA Ambassador comes in at the seventh spot. They are a charity-driven organization that focuses on promoting success through leadership, integrity, character and confidence. They pride themselves on being a stress free pageant environment where during competition you will feel like you are on vacation! Even though the system is less than ten years old, they have donated to over 20 different charity organizations across the country. Their national pageant is usually held in July.
This pageant is also a supporter of Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the national titleholders have the opportunity to attend the Big Brothers Big Sisters Gala in Tampa, Florida! There are so many other great prizes included in their package, including 5 night cruise with the National Directors, a Disney Weekend, a trip to see Miss America and a holiday trip to Boston, MA and Portsmouth, NH!
“We absolutely adore this pageant system," one review said. "I have had the greatest experience with the directors specifically. They are extremely helpful and accommodating. I immediately receive feedback to all my questions and or concerns. This system really feels like family. They also encourage and celebrate the accomplishments and goodwill of their contestants and queens, through support and involvement. I would recommended USAA to anyone seeking a pageant system that truly cares.”
Photo: Crocker Photography
In the sixth spot for Top 10 Preteen Pageants of 2018 is ANTSO - America’s National Teenager Scholarship Organization. It is one of the longest running female teen scholarship pageants in the country. It is a role model for leadership and service. Titleholders have the opportunity to do community work in support of the partner organizations of ANTSO which include the Boys & Girls Club of America and Project Christmas Child.
It has received media recognition from many national media outlets including the Today Show. The current preteen titleholder has an amazing platform titled “Wear the Crown,” in which she encourages young people to celebrate their gifts and talents.
During nationals week, contestants have the opportunity to visit Disney for a day and participate in helping fed Tampa Bay with Thanksgiving Meals. Their prizes include scholarship money and trips to Chicago, New York and London!
“I am thankful that I was able to compete in, win, and now help such an amazing organization," one former titleholder said. "I love ANTSO- everything it stands for, the opportunities and experiences I have had, and especially all the people involved =]. I could not imagine my life without all of you and ANTSO.”
Photo: Goodwin Photography
Coming in at the fifth spot for Top 10 Preteen Pageants of 2018 is the International Cinderella Scholarship Program. This is a youth development pageant that offers many opportunities for growth and achievements for kids and teens. This is the perfect pageant for a preteen looking to develop leadership skills and grow in their pageantry experience. This pageant promotes the value of higher education for women. Titleholders participated in a variety of service work in 2018, including volunteering at a nursing home, with Toys for Tots and a food bank. Their prize package features a $4,000 scholarship for winners. They will also receive a fantastic international royalty trip!
“Cinderella has been a part of my life for over 25 years. The girls and families are top notch, talented, kind, and just amazing! The international pageant is the most professional, high class event of its kind in the world. You will NOT be disappointed!”
Photo: Cinderella International Pageants Instagram
At the fourth spot for Top 10 Preteen Pageants of 2018 is Miss Jr. High School America. This pageant is designed to provide personal and professional opportunities for girls in grades 5th - 8th. State and national titleholders have the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. annually where they meet their pageant sisters and have lots of fun!
Miss Jr. High School America is awarded $70,000 in scholarships, trips, wardrobe, travel, service and many more additional prizes. In 2018, this organization had some big wins. ULTA beauty became an official sponsor. MMG-Modeling and Talent Management of New York and LA has just become a sponsor of the organization and Miss Jr. High School America will be given a contract for NY or LA modeling or acting. Titleholders will also receive some nice looking planners from Bloom Planners and a custom doll from Pageant Personality. This year’s national pageant will take place in June in Little Rock, Arkansas.
“This system is everything you could possibly want for your daughter whether she wins or not," one pageant mom said. "The experience and growth we have gained from it has far more surpassed any other system.”
Photo: Sheldon Smith Photography
In the third spot for Top 10 Preteen Pageants of 2018 is National American Miss. We just had an Instagram takeover from this pageant where we got to see their newly crowned 2018 - 2019 titleholders at their photoshoot! This pageant is a good way to gain confidence and experience in the pageant industry. It is a great pageant for preteens to develop leadership skills and participate in service projects.
In addition to their required areas of competition, there are a wide variety of optional competitions, such as Academic Achievement and Volunteer Service. One unique element of this pageant is that 10 percent of their overall score comes from the Pageant Weekend Community Involvement Project. This teaches the contestants about the importance of community involvement and how it impacts other people’s lives. National American Miss has a great prize package that includes things like a $5,000 cash scholarship, a custom illustration of titleholder by Ellie L. Illustrations and a pair of Stefanie Somers earrings.
“Our family has been a part of NAM since 2013 and it has been the best experience," one pageant mom said. "We look forward to it every year. Alena has gained so much confidence and grace by participating with NAM. She has always been an outgoing young lady but the growth I have seen in her is exceptional. She impresses me daily with her kindness, her willingness to give and her dedication to accomplish her goals. I couldn’t be more proud of the young lady she is growing into and NAM has been a huge part of that. We will be with this organization for as long as possible! I can’t wait to see what she accomplishes next!”
Photo: National American Miss
Coming in at the second spot for Top 10 Preteen Pageants of 2018 is USA National Miss! This system prides itself on being fashion-forward and providing its titleholders with amazing opportunities and enrich the lives of girls and women ages 4-25.
Titleholders become ambassadors for the systems national anti-bullying platform The Crown C.A.R.E.S. (Creating A Respectful Environment in Schools). They encourage their contestants to find their voice and make a difference. They offer contestants the opportunity to unleash their full potential.
Their nationals are held at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. UNM is also unique because it offers contestants the opportunity to attend an official National Prep Forum, where they can prepare for nationals and meet other contestants.
The 2018 titleholders received a wonderful and very extensive prize package that included up to $5,000 in a cash scholarship, the opportunity to model during New York Fashion Week, a modeling contract with MMG Model Management, a brand ambassador for Angelia Cosmetics and trips to various cities around the country such as Indiana for a spa weekend. Titleholders will get so much exposure and experience by being a part of this system.
“I've never felt so a part of a family by a pageant system," one review said. "Community service has always been such a huge part of my life and this system has just given me a voice to do even more. The UNM crown isn't just a crown, it's a job. This pageant gives young women skills and so many amazing opportunities to grow and be who you are. Mrs. Jackie is an amazing woman and loves everyone of her girls and her beauty shines through- not just her but through her pageant. This system has given me a voice and confidence, I'm so thankful for that. It's also given me friends, people who will be in my life forever. I truly recommend this pageant system to all girls looking for service, fun, excitement and long time friendships.”
Photo: Amanda Ferguson
Taking the top spot for Top 10 Preteen Pageants of 2018 is International Junior Miss! This pageant is a scholarship program designed to encourage positive achievement in youth and young women. You don’t need experience to compete in this pageant, and you will be provided with several training opportunities. This organization also has the IJM Dream Magazine, which is highlights the titleholders and other exciting things going on throughout the year! The competition gives contestants the opportunity to show a variety of skills, with optionals such as talent, media correspondent for those who like to be in front of the camera and spokesmodel.
IJM has a prize package that is truly fit for a queen. Titleholders will take an all expense paid trip to Dubai! They will also go on a Royalty Cruise to Mexico! Also included in the prize package is an invitation to a Sherri Hill party at the Sherri Hill Headquarters. Titleholders will also receive communications and brand management sessions compliments of Eskew Consulting. This will help with the development of confidence and overall brand.
“Our 2018 International titleholders were treated like true royalty all year long," one review said. "IJM is well known for their outstanding prize package, and this year the 2018 queens traveled not only to Milan and Venice, Italy, but they also embarked upon a 7-day Greek Isle Cruise! The girls made memories that are sure to last a lifetime... where will the 2019 International titleholders go?? The sky’s the limit here at IJM!”
Photo: Kathy Whittaker Photography
Starting off our Top 10 Teen Pageants of 2018 is the Miss Teen Global Awareness International Pageant! This unique pageant is based out of Trinidad and Tobago. It seeks to create platforms for teenagers ages 14-19 to raise awareness on social issues affecting today’s society. The 2018 titleholder had the opportunity to be interviewed on live television raising awareness about the causes she is passionate about. This exposure helps develop leadership skills and confidence. The pageant also provides training opportunities for contestants leading up to the pageant so that they will be prepared for competition. This is a great pageant to be involved in because it focuses on creating and inspiring real change.
Photo: Teen Global Awareness Instagram
American Pageants takes the ninth spot this year! This pageant was designed to provide recognition for achievements in a positive environment! The judging categories specifically focus on leadership potential, personal achievements and accomplishments in the hopes that contestants will develop into strong young adults. The teen division awards the title of Miss Teen of America, and this was the first title awarded in the pageant in 1983!
Contestants love this pageant because it is a celebration of service and leadership, and a place where you can make a lot of friends. The titleholders get to enjoy a great prize package that includes a cash prize, a feature in Pageantry Magazine and a custom cocktail dress. As a part of this pageant, you will not only have fun, but make memories to last a lifetime!
“Words can’t describe the blessing in being a part of the Miss Teen of America family," a former teen titleholder said. "Friendships, purpose as well as plans for the future…they all come into focus…on the foundation of experiences with Miss Teen. I’m forever thankful.”
Photo: American Pageants Instagram
The Princess of America pageant has made it into the Top 10 Teen Pageants of 2018! This is a pageant that wants every contestant to walk away feeling as though they have done their best, which is one of the best feelings after competition. They believe they are the heart of pageantry and enjoy seeing the next generation of girls become leaders and empower others! The organization is sponsored by companies like Marc Defang, Ellie Wilde and Imagine Studios. They have a prize package that is worth over $20,000 and provides many opportunities for the girls that are crowned! They will get to attend Miss America and travel on a cruise together! The autograph cards and magnetic signs that titleholders receive will be crucial to the success of their reign. This is a pageant that will provide an all around great experience.
A recent review of the pageant says “This is a great national pageant! The production is very well run and on a beautiful stage. The directors are super genuine and care a lot about their girls and the National winners get to jump right into their volunteer duties which I think is amazing!”
Photo: Princess of America Teen Miss Instagram
ANTSO comes in at the seventh spot for Top 10 Teen Pageants of 2018! This is one of the premier pageants for teenage girls. During the national pageant, titleholders will get the opportunity to visit Disney World for a day and participate in a service project while meeting other girls from around the country.
The current teen titleholder will spend her year traveling and promoting ANTSO and educating others about the national platform “TEENS PAY IT FORWARD.” She will show other teens that service is important and fun. In addition, she will have the opportunity to work with the three organizations that ANTSO supports, which are Miss Amazing, Luila Village Ministries and Operation Christmas Child.
A recent contestant in this pageant says, “If you are looking for a system that places value on academics and service, then this is the place for you! We've done the national pageant twice and had a amazing experience both times. The pageant is well-run, organized, and professional. Their focus is on helping the girls be the best they can be and building self-esteem.”
Photo: Goodwin Photography
Miss America’s Outstanding Teen is one of the Top 10 Teen Pageants of 2018! It is a sister company to the Miss America Organization and aims to promote achievement, creativity and healthy community involvement for America’s teens. Their motto is that “Young Girls with Dreams Become Women with Vision.” As they prepare for the national competition, contestants have the opportunity to raise funds for the organization’s longtime charitable partner the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. This pageant provides many opportunities to participate in community service and giving back. They are one of the top awarders in scholarship money, which is one component of their prize package. The pageant is sponsored by The Sash Company, Crownclips, Harris Rosen Foundation and many more!
One parent of a contestant said, “Our daughter… has grown so much through her experiences with the MAOT and Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen programs! I cannot thank you enough for your tireless work on behalf of the girls and for the dedicated local, state, and national volunteers who pour into them and this program.”
Photo: Miss America's Outstanding Teen Instagram
National American Miss is also in the Top 10 Teen Pageants of 2018! This pageant prides itself on being an “opportunity like no other.” You will gain confidence, poise and valuable communication skills. By competing in this pageant, you will learn skills to help you have a competitive edge in whatever endeavors you choose to embark on after the competition. It doesn’t get any better than that!
This pageant offers a great prize package that includes a cash prize, trophy and NAM signature title customized shoes and purse. As a national titleholder, you are also awarded a paid appearance fee to NAM state pageants across the country during your reign, which is a great opportunity to meet new people and educate others about your passions. Titleholders will also receive recognition in Pageantry Magazine, which is a great way to gain exposure. This is a great pageant to be a part of!
A mom of a former titleholder says, “National American Miss is one of the best organizations in the country for girls to learn public speaking skills, interviewing skills, and becoming confident in who they are! If there is any pageant system I would have wanted my two daughters to participate in, I am so thankful it was National American Miss! Though there are many pageants that can be considered a scam, I can say from the bottom of my heart that NAM is the real deal! This organization is truly here to help girls of all ages, sizes, and colors to become strong, confident girls who can proceed into their career with life skills that are desperately needed in young women today!”
Photo: National American Miss
USA National Miss has also claimed a spot in the Top 10 Teen Pageants of 2018. This is a pageant that gives their royalty an “experience like no other.” By being a part of this pageant, you have the opportunity to gain confidence so that you can succeed in life. You will walk away from this pageant having had fun (since it is held at Disney World) and made many new friends!
USA National Miss partners with Crown C.A.R.E.S (Creating a Respectful Environment in Schools). UNM local, state and national titleholders are ambassadors for Crown C.A.R.E.S and visit classrooms across America with this vital message of kindness and respect to children of all ages. What a great opportunity to affect change in the community! They are sponsored by Pageant Smart, Austin Ryde Makeup & Photography and Flawless Babe Boutique. This is an all-around great experience for any teen to be a part of.
A former contestant's mother says, “UNM has changed Laurel's life this past year! Nowhere else will you find a more compassionate and caring National Director who is completely invested in the best interests of her girls.”
Photo: Austin Ryde
International Junior Miss has also made it into the Top 10 Teen Pageants of 2018! If you join this great organization, “sisterhood awaits.” This pageant focuses on encouraging positive achievement. IJM is a strong believer in community service and titleholders have the opportunity to participate in many different projects such as volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House, the Salvation Army and collecting donations for the less fortunate.
The current teen titleholder has a platform called BeYOUtiful, where she speaks to children across the country both in the classroom and on social media about being fearlessly and unapologetically unique. They have a wonderful prize package that includes a $10,000 cash prize! How amazing is that? Other prizes include an invitation to the Sherri Hill New York Fashion Week Show and a gift card to Forever 21. Additionally, national titleholders will receive an all expense paid trip to Dubai! This is an opportunity of a lifetime for any teen!
Photo: Kathy Whittaker Photography
Coming in at the second spot this year is the Miss High School America Pageant! This pageant provides many personal and professional opportunities for girls in grades nine through twelve. This organization prides itself on keeping the highest of moral values.
As a national titleholder, you will gain so much valuable experience and exposure. The teen titleholder will have the opportunity to sign with MMG Modeling and Talent Agency, and develop the skills to have a strong personal brand. Miss High School America 2019 will be awarded a brand new JL Jeep Wrangler Sport courtesy of Steve Landers Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram of Little Rock, Arkansas and $70,000 in scholarship, trips, wardrobe, travel, service and additional prizes. What a great prize package!
A former titleholder says, “I am so grateful for the confidence, leadership skills and friendships I've gained as a result of my involvement in the MCA System. This system provides girls with a platform, a voice and a tremendous support network. I'm happy to see our titleholders making positive changes in their communities while achieving their own person and professional goals."
Photo: Sheldon Smith Photography
Miss Teen USA takes the top spot this year! This is one of the most popular teen pageants and is a part of the Miss Universe Organization, which houses Miss USA and Miss Universe. The current Miss Teen USA, Hailey Colborn has had the opportunity to work with the Do Something organization and spread awareness about young people getting out to vote. She has also participated in service activities with Best Buddies, another partner organization who works with and advocates for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Additionally, Hailey started a mentorship group titled SelfPosi where she travels to middle schools around the school district to mentor and talk to girls about the importance of self love, a cause close to her heart. As Miss Teen USA, you have the opportunity to spread your platform and passions to a national and international audience! This pageant is sponsored by Sherri Hill and Chi Hair care! Miss Teen USA is the opportunity of a lifetime for many girls!
Photo: Miss Universe Organization
Unique to the pageant world and to our list is the tenth place Nuestra Belleza Latina pageant. This Miami-based competition is where pageantry meets reality television, an unusual blend for the industry. Contestants compete in weekly challenges and viewers at home vote on their favorite contenders, with the lowest placing girls being sent home each week. The last woman standing takes home the coveted Nuestra Belleza Latina crown, a one year contract with Univision and a ton of opportunities to launch a career in entertainment. Finalists receive training in dance, catwalk, speaking, teleprompter reading and physical fitness - the perfect storm if you’re looking to go into the entertainment industry.
Photo: Nuestra Belleza Latina Instagram
The Miss International Beauty Pageant is going into its 59th year and has earned the ninth spot on our Best Miss Pageants of 2018 list. Its motto is “Peace, love and beauty,” and aims to cultivate world peace. Initially founded in the United States with the goal of understanding Japanese culture, the Miss International Beauty Pageant has since moved its headquarters to Tokyo.
The Miss International Beauty Pageant is one of few pageants that advocate for peace and understanding among nations. The pageant and its fund, the Miss International Fund, work with UNICEF to serve mentally and physically disabled and underprivileged children worldwide.
Photo: Shota Ise
Coming in at the eighth spot on the Top 10 Miss Pageants of 2018 list, Femina Miss India is the country's oldest and most credible beauty pageant. The beauty pageant provides a global platform for its winners as they represent the country at various platforms. Miss India Organization is owned by The Times Group, the largest media house in the country and is known for changing lives of many beauties who have reached the pinnacle of success.
Those who have participated in the pageant or followed along with the results of the pageant speak highly of their experience.
“This [pageant] has given chance to many girls to show their beauty as well as their talents,” said one review on Facebook. “Now only a girl from Haryana, being a medical student won and became Femina Miss India and then Miss World 2017, Manushi Chhillar. She has also been an inspiration for all. She is my biggest inspiration. This was possible due to this [pageant.]"
Photo: Pageant Planet
In our seventh spot for the Top 10 Miss Pageants of 2018 is the Miss Supranational pageant. The Miss Supranational pageant aims to find positive role models and support and enhance their personal and professional development. Individual beauty and personality are vital to the Miss Supranational pageant. Being one of the top five international pageants in the world, the competition attracts over 100 contestants each year and the live stream is viewed by over 100 million people in 120 countries.
The winner receives a cash award as well as paid travel opportunities and the platform to talk about issues that are important to her. Miss Supranational has also partnered with brother organization Mister Supranational for events and photoshoots as well.
Photo: Ulises Into
Miss Grand International ranks in sixth place for our Top 10 Miss Pageants of 2018. Like the Miss International Beauty Pageant, Miss Grand International advocates for peace and an end to violence in the world. This pageant partners with governments and organizations that stand for the betterment of the humanity.
“An end to war is an ideal objective of freedom, peace, and harmony within all of us; namely, country, religion, race, community and family because life is simply better when it is at peace,” the Miss Grand International website explains. “Our ideal objective is an end to all forms of violence and hostility. For the sake of our children and the generations to follow, it is our duty domestically and internationally to rid the world of conflict and focus our efforts on improving the quality of life for all humanity.”
Photo: Miss Grand International Instagram
Who could forget the confidently beautiful Miss USA pageant? Coming in at number five is the Miss USA pageant, the official United States preliminary competition to the Miss Universe pageant. Miss USA competes in evening gown, swimsuit and personal interview. Upon winning the crown, Miss USA moves to New York City and into a paid Miss USA apartment for her year as the national titleholder.
During this time, Miss USA will travel the country advocating for causes that are important to her as well as the national and international platforms, the Best Buddies Organization and Smile Train. She will also be prepared for the Miss Universe competition through sponsored trainers, hair stylists, skin care specialists, pageant coaches, personal stylists and more. When competing at Miss Universe, she will be accompanied by a team of people helping her to look her absolute best at all times.
Photo: Miss Universe Organization
As the top pageant powerhouse in the Philippines, it is only right that Binibining Pilipinas comes in as the fourth spot on the Top 10 Miss Pageants of 2018 list. Binibining Pilipinas crowns representatives to compete at Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss Supranational, Miss Intercontinental, Miss Grand International and Miss Globe. As a strong pageant program, the Binibining Pilipinas organization prepares each titleholder to do her best at her international competition through coaching, walking lessons, interviews and more.
In 2018, Binibining Pilipinas produced two international winners. Miss Universe Philippines took home the Miss Universe crown for the second time in two years and Miss Intercontinental Philippines took home the Miss Intercontinental crown for the first time ever. We don’t know what pageant magic they have going on at Binibining Pilipinas but it’s clearly working!
Photo: Binibining Pilipinas Instagram
As the oldest running international pageant, the Miss World pageant captured the number three spot on the Top 10 Miss Pageants of 2018. The Miss World pageant began as a bikini contest in Britain and has transformed into one of the top three most prestigious international pageants today. With competitors from over 100 countries, the organization raises money for disabled and underprivileged children. Miss World contestants are evaluated in many different aspects including charity work, talent and athleticism.
During her reign, Miss World spends her time traveling the world attending charity events and raising awareness for her platform. While the coveted crown, cash and assorted “goodies” from the various sponsors are a plus, the exposure gained as Miss World is by far the biggest benefit of winning opening doors in the modeling and entertainment industries.
Photo: Miss World Instagram
Rounding out the charts at number two is the Miss Earth Pageant. While the Miss Earth pageant is a relative youngster compared to the Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss USA, it has quickly become one of the top four international pageants. As Miss Earth, the winner travels to promote the preservation of the environment and other global issues through its “Beauties for a Cause” platform. During the nearly month long competition, the contestants compete in National Costume, Swimsuit, Resort Wear, Talent and Evening Gown.
The Miss Earth crown is one of the most gorgeous crowns. The crown features a variety of gems including pearls, rubies, sardonyx, and black diamonds collected from over 80 countries representing the diversity of competitors.
Photo: Miss Earth Organization
And the top honor goes to Miss Universe! This system never disappoints as its contestants are all Confidently Beautiful! Ladies from around the world compete in Swimsuit, Evening Gown and Personal Interview to win the coveted title of Miss Universe. Like Miss USA, Miss Universe immediately moves to New York City to the Miss Universe apartment.
Not only does Miss Universe get a paid luxury apartment in New York City, she also takes home a year salary, extensive travel to promote sponsors and charitable causes, wardrobe and shoes for appearances, a stylist, representation by The Miss Universe Organization and so much more. She is the face of positive change in the world.
Photo: Miss Universe Organization
Starting our Top 10 Ms. Pageants of 2018 is Royal International Ms.! Empowering young women while giving them the opportunity to grow and develop a positive self-image is the focus of the Royal International Miss Scholarship Program. The 2018 queens received quite the prize package as well! It included things like a cash scholarship, a cruise with sister queens and the director and VIP tickets to see Miss America.
"Fantastic production, variety of optional competitions, diverse contestants from around the globe, fun parties/activities for the contestants, great hotel location/accommodations and amazing scholarship contest opportunities," one review said. "The staff and National Director are kind, fair and accessible to all! The prize package is abundant and crown and sash are majestic! Judges were knowledgeable on Pageantry, modeling, attire, volunteer service and other specialties. The Role Model program/contest and Dream Royal event that supports individuals with disabilities is exemplary! The International Service Project is also beneficial to the entire group of contestants to become involved in a joint cause! Overall an amazing pageant system for new and seasoned contestants to enjoy and grow with!!!"
Photo: Hollie Robinson Facebook
At number nine for our Top 10 Ms. Pageants of 2018 is American Elegance. Founded in 1999, the system grew leaps and bounds in 2018. For their twentieth year they incorporated a self-loving and an upbeat opening number where they utilized a fun song while the contestants introduced themselves. Other areas of competition included evening gown, onstage question, fashion wear, personal expression and interview. A pageant fit for any age and any size woman, 2018 contestants were awarded prizes ranging from a custom crown, sash and scepter to jewelry, hotel paid for their reigning year, luggage and more.
One thing that is evident within the system is the strong sisterhood that runs throughout their contestants.
“So this Amazing thing just happened!” one contestant noted via a Facebook review. “I competed in the American Elegance 20th year Anniversary pageant, with some of the most amazing women I know, and I won the new title of your Ms. Royal Elegance 2018-2019. The best is yet to come from the American Elegance Pageant.”
Photo: American Elegance Pageant Facebook
Holding strong at our number nine spot for Top 10 Ms. Pageants of 2018 is Ms. Woman of Achievement. If you want the treatment and feel of a celebrity on the red carpet, then this is the system for you. In 2018, contestants were treated to a once in a lifetime experience on board a cruise ship. Complete with a star panel of judges, WOA competed in personal interview, platform interview, creative expressions/speech, fitness and evening gown. Platform interview is weighted more than your evening gown score.
WOA believes in awarding women who are making a difference by being not just a beauty pageant but an achievement pageant for women who are passionate about a community platform. Contestants must take a pledge that promises that they will stand by the golden rule, sisterhood and integrity. In addition to your trophy, sash and crown, winners received ‘Platform Cash Grants’ to help their individual cause.
“Thank you for running a fair competition!” one former winner says. “I’ve been in other pageants that didn’t seem to end so well but after this one I have several woman I will be recommending.”
Photo: Woman of Achievement Facebook
In at number eight for Top 10 Ms. Pageants of 2018, is Captivating Pageants. Catering to newbies and professional pageant contestants, age divisions start at 12 years old and have no upper limit. This system even encourages mother and daughter duos and promises to help get the word out about your platform if you win. Their motto, #beyou puts them apart from other systems as they openly welcome you to fully express every part of yourself from style and intelligence to height and shape.
Competitors compete in interview, captivating fashion, fitness wear, evening gown and onstage question. In addition to your division titles, speciality awards included most photogenic, best in fitness, best in evening gown and more. Prizes for division winners range from a fashion photoshoot, jewelry, a hair and makeup package, coaching and mentorship.
Photo: Captivating Pageants Facebook
Winning is as good as gold with our number seven spot, Global United Pageant. This particular pageant partners each year to help raise money for childhood cancer research. As a nod to their research goals, each crown has a small gold ribbon inside, the color for childhood cancer awareness. The contestants have multiple packages they are to complete that have to do with their community outreach. This is another way that they not only create a pageant sisterhood but also stress the importance of raising awareness and helping others.
"The Global United Pageant touches the lives of so many, which is evident when the delegates visit the hospital to provide a special day for the kids with cancer,” a former contestant remarks on the importance that their research goals have within the system.
In addition to their off stage responsibilities, delegates are judged during the pageant in interview, country costume, personality wear, evening wear and onstage question. Prizes for winners can included a custom crown, sash, swag bag, beauty products and additional promotional goodies.
Photo: Global United Pageant Facebook
Our number six spot for Top 10 Ms. Pageants of 2018 belongs to International United Miss. At IUM last year, competitors aged five and up competed in interview, evening gown, high fashion runway, introduction and community involvement (a minimum of 3 community service hours is required for all contestants). Competing onstage is not all that IUM is after. They strive to crown the contestant that has incredible accomplishments both on and off the stage.
Their prize package last year is one to fight for! With winners receiving a $500 cash (more for international winners), crown, weekend trip to NYC and a tropical destination vacation, you can bet these contestants come ready to win. With over 40 years of pageant experience, the directors and staff all come together to focus on providing a honest, fun and fair event for all participants.
“Unbelievable staff and production team! What fun! This system is a MUST TRY,” one happy contestant said.
2018 International United Ms. Phoot: International United Miss Instagram
The fourth place spot for the Top 10 Ms. Pageants of 2018 is International Ms. With an amazing prize package in 2018, it is no wonder why they came in so close to the top spot. The international winner receives a $2,500 grant for her platform or business and the Ms. USA title winner walked away with a cool $1,000 grant. Don’t get too excited, that money wasn’t just handed to anyone! Women between the ages of 26 and 39 were eligible to compete regardless of marital status or whether they have children.
Photo: Bret Josephs Photography
The third place for the Top 10 Ms. Pageants of 2018 is the North America Beauty Pageant. In 2018, the North America Beauty Pageants turned nine years old, and it proved to be a great year for this system. Focusing on providing a fair and equal stage event for ages 12 and up, women can be compete regardless of marital status and whether or not they have children.
Competitors arrived in Florida where they competed in many stage events including a very fun ‘white party’ opening number, introduction, fun fashion, interview and evening gown. Their prize package included cash, official crown, queen photoshoot and pageant momentos.
The sense of sisterhood from this pageant is very strong. Titleholders are not only big on community outreach, but they are big on involving their fellow queens to help. Many of the queens promote their platform through their title.
Photo: North America Beauty Pageants
In at our second spot is the Ms. World pageant. Its mission is to recognize beauty, no matter what age is comes in.
“We believe that a woman's value and beauty should not be defined on her relationship status or age,” the Ms. World website explains. “A beautiful 50 year old may not look the same as a beautiful 26 year old but both are equally beautiful for their respective ages. At Ms. World we celebrate the inner and outer beauty of all women!”
A proud partner with the National Organization for Women’s Safety Awareness (NOWSA), the Ms. World pageant helps NOWSA to raise awareness about sexual assault and other violence against women and teens while promoting personal safety through education and various violence prevention and safety initiatives.
Photo: Ms. World Facebook
Winning with grace for our Top 10 Ms. Pageants of 2018 award goes to MCS International pageants! What a wonderful achievement! Congratulations to an amazing system. This system is just in its third year and they continue to inspire women to go after their dreams. Community outreach and mentorship is a huge portion of this pageant.
MCS strives to promote women to be their personal best by becoming, ‘women of purpose, influence, beauty and grace.’ Contestants aged 7-28 can compete in seven different age divisions. Titleholders and participants are held to a strict guideline to remain of good moral character and to promote their personal platform. Categories of competition include a highly weighted interview, a press conference, swimwear, runway and evening gown. Optional categories include talent, costume, platform presentation and an “Elevator Pitch.”
Prize package for participants and titleholders included over $15,000 worth of cash and prizes. Each contestant received five or more gifts, a custom crown and sash. Crowning loot varied in prize type by age, from a cute princess tent to Victoria Secret goodies.
Congratulations, MCS! We can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for you!
Photo: Eva Fils Photography
Our number ten spot for the best in Mrs. Pageants of 2018 goes to the new-aged ECO pageants. “A glamorously green pageant,’ ECO pageants is open to women of all ages, shapes and sizes. In 2018, sponsors included Johnathan Kayne, Debbie Carroll and Marc Defang. Contestants arrived in Las Vegas for a once in a lifetime experience and performed in the events of interview, personal platform awareness, introduction, athletic wear, evening gown and ECO dress.
The pageant motto, creed and mission are unlike any other system currently out there. This pageant is dedicated to taking notice on how women can impact the world through their actions, words, charity, unity and peace by passing on these values to everyone.
Photo: DJS Photography
In at the number nine spot is the Mrs. United States pageant. Crowning eight queens from eight age divisions this past year, Mrs. United States celebrates intelligent women of all walks of life. Titleholders are expected to be fair, uphold the characteristics of integrity, compassion and community outreach. Known as the “premier event of its kind” women and girls of all ages from eight and up compete in private interview, swimsuit/sportswear, evening gown and on stage question. Going on its 33rd year, founder and mentor Isabella Ilacqua continues to run her system to promote women who are hard working, educated and beautiful.
Photo: Carlos Velez
The USA Ambassador pageant comes into our eighth spot for 2018. The USA Ambassador system focuses on charity, leadership, integrity, character and confidence. Following a traditional lineup of events, competitors are scored on interview, evening wear and on stage chat. Optional categories can be swapped in for your USA Fashion Wear competition and factored into your overall score at your discretion, allowing you to really play on your strengths within this system. With the #USAABeTheGood, it’s not hard to see how this system is able to raise money and awareness for charities of all kinds.
The Mrs. division is newly added to the USA Ambassador pageant system. Its inaugural year was at the 2017 national pageant and aimed to include and recognize married women who live out the “SLICC” motto of Success through Leadership Integrity Character and Conduct. Since its start, the division has only grown and will likely continue to expand more and more in the coming years.
“We absolutely adore this pageant system” one happy contestant writes. “ I have had the greatest experience with the directors specifically. They are extremely helpful and accommodating. I immediately receive feedback to all my questions and or concerns. This system really feels like family. They also encourage and celebrate the accomplishments and goodwill of their contestants and queens, through support and involvement. I would recommended USAA to anyone seeking a pageant system that truly cares.”
Photo: Crocker Photography
With a strong push towards finding a cure for childhood cancer, the philanthropic Global United pageant comes in at number seven Best Mrs. Pageant of 2018. Titleholders don a crystal encrusted gold ribbon on their crowns, to signify the importance of raising funds for childhood cancer. Six queens and two ambassadors were crowned for 2018 and received their custom crown, beauty products, satin and rhinestone trimmed sash, scepter, sash pin and other promotional products.
Contestants competed in interview (the most heavily weighted area), country costume, personality wear, evening wear and on stage question. Optional events were added for an additional fee. National director Wendy Lindberg and her staff have created a truly genuine pageant that vows to give back to its community and help women develop into role models for others who want to become more involved in their community.
“I highly recommend the global United Pageant to anyone!” a Facebook review of the system says, “it is an amazing program and the directors are fantastic!!! What are you waiting for go sign up today you won't regret it!”
Photo: Global United Pageant Facebook
Amerifest National Pageants swoops in at a cool number six spot. The “It’s More Than Just” motto and its national director Dianne Turner are making waves in the pageant world. After collecting over 100,000 items and donations in community outreach organizations, it’s no wonder this system is on our list! Amierfest strives to be a positive part of pageantry that is faith based and focuses on ‘more than just a crown or sash.’ You can enter an AmeriFest pageant from a local or state fair and above.
Photo: Cook Studio
The middle of the list is complete with the Mrs. Universal pageant. Contestants from Mrs. Universal 2018 pageant participated in the President’s Volunteer Service Award, giving them a chance to gain recognition by the United States President for their community service. This year’s contestants alone contributed to over 7,500 hours of volunteer work, so it’s abundantly clear that service is a priority for this pageant system.
In 2018, women competed in resort wear, formal gown, press interview and the final ten percent was earned with an onstage interview. Winners received an official photoshoot, crown, sash, tickets to the next years finals and much more! If you’re looking for a way to give back to your community, this pageant is a great place to start.
Photo: Real Mrs. Universal Instagram
A big congratulations is in order for our number four pageant, Mrs. International. The Mrs. International pageant follows its rules and regulations very closely to ensure a fair and honest pageant system for all contestants. In 2018, Lauren Weeks, Mrs. California International, was crowned Mrs. International on July 21 in Charleston, West Virginia. Weeks and almost 60 other contestants crossed the stage in interview, fitness wear and evening gown.
As a part of the Mrs. International guidelines, Weeks will use her reign to promote her community service outreach and platform. Husbands are an integral part of the pageant and are welcome to join in the pageant festivities. Titleholders get the opportunity to go on a cruise with their sister queens as well!
Photo: Mrs. International Instagram
Coming in hot at the number 3 spot is the longest standing pageant for married women, Mrs. America. The pageant was first held in 1938, took a brief hiatus in 1968 and has been going strong since 1977. This pageant’s purpose is recognize excellence of married women. In 2018, contestants from all 50 states arrived in Las Vegas on August 25 for a week of amazing opportunities to bond, grow and compete. A fierce competition, the contestants compete in interview, swimsuit and evening gown.
“The winner of the Mrs. America crown receives prizes and endless opportunities,” The Mrs. America website explains. “During her exciting and memorable reign, she will make personal appearances throughout the country. For the entire year she acts as the ambassador and spokesperson for America’s married women. She may speak to civic groups and business organizations, appear in print and television commercials, and conducts countless interviews with members of the press. She becomes, in effect, the public symbol of all wives and mothers.”
The newly crowned queen will move on to represent the United States and compete for the title of Mrs. World.
Photo: Gillam Photography
Pageant Planet’s list wouldn’t be complete without our number two spot for Best Mrs. Pageants of 2018, Mrs. Globe. Founded in 1996, this is a system that includes competition areas of personality profile, swimsuit and evening gown. The pageant even has a reality show “Behind the Crown.” Each year, the international competition is held in a different location. So far, the pageant has been held in Mexico, Greece, Latvia, USA, U.S. Virgin Islands, Slovak Republic and China. The upcoming pageant will be held in China in December 2019.
“Just wanted to say thank you so much for the experience,” a former Mrs. Globe queen said. “I had a wonderful time at Mrs Globe and have made so many amazing friends.”
Mrs. Globe 2019. Photo: Svetlana Kuznetsova
The winner for the BEST Mrs. Pageant of 2018 goes to… Mrs. World! Congratulations!
This is a system you don’t want to miss out on. This pageant shows that the modern woman can do it all - work, raise a family, have a healthy marriage and go after her dreams! The Mrs. World pageant owes its roots to the Mrs. America pageant as it was founded by the same man, Mr. David Marmel. Since 1984, married around around the globe in 80 different countries have been entering this pageant to show what the modern woman is made of. Congratulations Mrs. World! We can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for you!
Mrs. World 2018. Photo: Georgina Vaughan
New to the list this year, and beginning our countdown, is the Mr. Diamond Australia pageant. Mr. Diamond Australia is actually a part of the Miss and Mr. Diamond Australia pageant. We are so excited to have them on our list this year because their directors, Charlie and Morgan, are also in the top spot on the list for the Best National Pageant Director of 2018!
Their pageant system is incredibly special and we are really in awe of what they have been able to achieve. There are no height, weight, size or age limits in the competition. As part of the competition, contestants are able to select their own charity which they raise funds and awareness for. This platform also allows finalists to become community heroes within their local communities. Charity is very high on the agenda at Mr. Diamond Australia and last year’s finalists raised a staggering $67,000 between them for over 50 Charities.
“This pageant is innovative, inclusive and creates a warm, welcoming, and genuinely supportive family atmosphere for all who wish to take part,” one reviewer said. “Importantly, its unique approach inspires people into believing the competition could be for them too. Its values, with its focus on charity, kindness and true talent, are all in the right place. It redefines everything we previously believed pageantry to be about.”
Photo: Miss and Mister Diamond Autralia Facebook
Mister Model International is a global male beauty pageant which has been held since 2013. It is headquartered in Miami and managed by TIM Management Group who is also the franchise holder for several beauty pageants for the United States, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Argentina and Nicaragua. They are also the producers of Mister Model International Pageant, Men's Fashion Week Miami, Green Fashion Miami and Master of the Misters.
Many countries participate in the contest, although in some editions there were also representatives from regions such as Santa Catalina Island (United States), Isla Saona (Dominican Republic) and Islas Fernando de Noronha (Brazil).
The prize for the winners and participants is that they ultimately become male models and are given runway and print modeling assignments through TIM Management Group. This system would be the perfect jumping off point for any aspiring male models out there.
Photo: Mister Model International Instagram
Mr. Gay World is an annual international competition for gay men that was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Australia. Mr. Gay World is for gay men seeking to establish ambassadors for LGBT and human rights, with winners of national contests competing as delegates in a variety of categories.
It is not a beauty contest and there is no age limit. This competition is one of the most publicized gay contests in the world and unashamedly uses the attention it garners to focus on the plight of LGBT people worldwide. The primary purpose of Mr. Gay World is to identify leaders who will take responsibility of being a spokesperson not only in his own community but on a global stage speaking out for equal and human rights. Mr Gay World must be a positive role model who will work on humanizing being gay and/or LGBT in both LGBT and mainstream media.
There have been 11 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.
Photo: Mr. Gay World Facebook
Moving up a spot from last year, Mister Tourism World comes in at number six in our countdown. Founded in 2016, Mister Tourism World (MTW) is a global pageant for men that is currently preparing for the Mister Tourism World Finals in Rome, Italy coming up shortly in February 2019.
The third edition of Mister Tourism World will be a celebration of sustainable tourism, fashion and cultural heritage across the globe with one message "Together, We can Build a Better World." The organization 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.
This is a very unique pageant experience for men because the focus of the owners is not just for their titleholders to be physically fit, fashionably groomed and attractive. They also value each contestant’s ability to appreciate and interact well with other cultures and groups of people. This pageant is doing their best to open up lines of communication and overlook personal differences while promoting a positive world view.
The reigning Mister Tourism World, Joshua Lennet. Photo: Joshua Lennet Instagram
The Mister Universe Model pageant, which was officially changed to Men Universe Model in 2014, is a very popular competition that helps young men from across the globe launch a career in fitness and modeling.
This competition draws more than 50 competitors from across the world each year to compete for the Men Universe Model title. This pageant is an incredible stepping stone for aspiring models to get their foot in the door to larger modeling opportunities. You don’t even have to become a titleholder or win the pageant to gain access to unbelievable modeling jobs.
Many of the recent contestants have been able to walk in runway shows and participate in print ads for Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein and Alpha Male.
Photo: Mister Universe Model Instagram
The gentlemen at Mister Universal Ambassador should be very pleased with their placement this year, because they moved all the way up from their ninth spot in last year’s Best Male Pageants of 2017 list!
The Mister Universal Ambassador contestants compete in five categories, including world speech contestant, universal fashion festival, talent, sport and portfolio presentation. The 2018 pageant, which was held in Arya Auditorium in Delhi, India, drew 18 contestants from around globe. After four rounds of strong competition, George Reylor De Lumen from the Philippines was declared as the winner of Mister Universal Ambassador 2018. Apart from the main title, he also won Best National Costume and Best Speech subtitle in the contest.
Not only are a Top 12 contestants selected, but the pageant also handed out a staggering 12 additional awards, some of which included; Best in Talent, Best National Costume, Best Physique, Best Walk, Most Promising face and Best in social Media.
Mister Universal Ambassador 2018 Top 3. Photo: Mister Universeal Ambassador
Mister World is a very successful male pageant that is now in its tenth year! In celebration of its illustrious decade in pageantry, the 2019 competition is expected to be held on June 10, 2019 in Manila, Philippines. The Philippines is a country that holds pageantry in very high regard, so that is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime event that should not be missed.
The Mr. World competition is a male beauty pageant sponsored by the Miss World Organization. The competition is biennial and was founded originally in 1996. The Mr. World competition is very unusual in that it occurs over a two to three week period. The contestants compete in five different challenges, including fashion and style, the extreme challenge, the multi-media award, the sports challenge and the talent competition.
The gentlemen are not simply learning to walk on the runway and model clothing on stage. They are required to participate in various activities, including waterskiing, mountain biking and marathon running. The organization is seeking titleholders who are "well-rounded individuals with good looks, physical strength, charisma, charm and a strong personality."
Photo: Mister World Facebook
Moving up from the fifth spot this year, the Mister Supranational international competition is now in its fourth year and has quickly risen to become one of the top male pageants in the world.
The pageant is owned and produced by World Beauty Association, which also owns the Miss Supranational pageant. That association, along with the success of the Miss Supranational pageant is having a very positive effect on the organization. The Mister Supranational pageant is becoming very well-known in the pageant world and is rapidly becoming a sought after brand. The 2018 pageant attracted even more competitors than previous pageants, all of whom gathered in Poland on December 8, 2018 to compete for the title of Mister Supranational 2018.
Mister Supranational is looking for well-rounded young men with good looks, physical strength, charisma and charm and a strong personality. They are essentially looking for the total package; desirable in every sense. This is a very ambitious system, wanting to "revolutionize the industry, being the first competition of this nature to have a super modern and high fashion television production."
For those gentlemen who are seeking a career in the fashion industry, this may be your perfect fit. The pageant has created international modeling opportunities for hundreds of men in nearly 40 countries so far!
Mister and Miss Supranational 2018. Photo: Mister Supranational Official Instagram
Holding strong in the number two position for the second year in a row, the Mister International pageant is all about inclusivity and diversity while welcoming thousands of men across the world to participate in its events! Mister International is an annual male beauty pageant founded in 2006. It is owned and organized by the Mister International Organization which also organizes the annual Mister Singapore pageant.
Along with its rival, Mister World, this pageant is one of the two largest male beauty pageants in the world in terms of pageants with national-level competitions. Since the very first pageant, 80 countries have sent their titleholders to this pageant to compete, hoping to become the winner. Every year an average of 38 contestants participate hoping to take the title of Mister International back home with them.
The Mister International Organization licenses local organizations that wish to select the Mister International contestant for their country and then approves the selection process for national contestants. 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 be involved in if they are looking to get something more out of pageantry, such as a career and a strong sense of self.
Photo: Drew Francisco Photo
Surpassing all others and maintaining their popularity and position for the second year in a row, the Mister Global pageant occupies the top spot for the Best Male Pageant of 2018! The Mister Global pageant is in its fourth year and is rapidly growing in popularity.
Mister Global is an annual male beauty pageant founded in 2014. It is owned and organized by the Mister Global Company Limited. Since the very first pageant, more than 60 countries have sent their representative to this competition.
Contestants compete in four categories, including fashion wear, swimwear, evening wear and interview. The pageant states that the purpose of the competition is to, "motivate every man to be their personal best, self-assured and personify the company’s goal of having handsomeness, attitude and intelligence."
Currently, Dario Duque of The United States is Mister Global 2018. He was crowned on July 22, 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. Traditionally, the winner of Mister Global lives in Bangkok during his reign.
Photo: Mister Global Instagram
The primary goal of the Minnesota United States Pageant is to provide a life-changing experience for all of the ladies across the beautiful state of Minnesota. And, it is obvious that this organization puts a very high value on its contestants and the experience that those contestants have during the pageant itself. The system seems to prides itself in focusing on each and every lady who chooses to compete.
Their social media states, "the pageant and program is all "about the contestants" because without contestants, there is no pageant! It is our goal to provide a fun and educational experience that each contestant will remember and cherish for years to come!”
They provide young ladies and women with a forum to promote self-esteem, compete for state and national titles, meet others with similar interests and open doors to personal and financial opportunities. They are very serious about promoting and keeping a real "sisterhood" that does not end when the pageant ends. When a contestant enters into the Minnesota United States Pageant System, she becomes part of a whole new family, almost like a sorority, brought together by common values, goals and personal dreams.
Miss Minnesota United States 2018 Royalty. Photo: Miss Minnesota United States Facebook
The Lone Star state has no shortage of pageants, and the Miss Texas Jr. High, High School & Collegiate America Scholarship Pageant is an extremely popular one! The National pageant is now in its 11th year and going strong! So, it stands to reason that the state pageant would be just as successful.
The Jr. High division exists for the purpose of providing personal and professional opportunities for girls currently in 5th through 8th grade and the High School division is for girls currently in 9th through 11th grade. The Collegiate program is open to young ladies who are enrolled in a university, trade school, beauty school or a continuing education program.
Fans of the pageant are incredibly passionate about the program and are quick to say that it is a tremendous pageant to gain exceptional interview experience as well as improve skills with regard to stage presence. These young ladies are dedicated to this system and have found a niche where they are able to shine and be their best selves! Even the parents of the contestants feel that the experience for the girls is above any other system they have ever competed in. They applaud the pageants professionalism, well-organized pageant activities and the obvious commitment that the staff have to all of the contestants.
Photo: Miss Texas Jr. High, High School and Collegiate Facebook
Founded in 1985, the International System has earned a reputation of a professional, top-of-the-line pageant. The system seeks to uplift young women who want to excel in their lives and make a difference in their communities.
The Teen, Miss and Mrs. Texas International pageant is the state qualifier for the national competition. 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 state pageant is currently directed by Samantha Riddle, a former pageant contestant who captured the coveted crown of Miss International in 2014. Riddle has brought a new sense of over-the-top glamour, beauty and professionalism to the state competition and the contestants are loving it!
The new production, with its pure white stage and an overwhelming explosion of confetti during crowning, has taken the production from a regular pageant experience to a grand Hollywood affair! And, the best part of all is that the new queens get an entire bouquet of donuts instead of flowers! We know you want to sign up!
Miss Texas International 2018 Royalty. Photo: Miss Texas International Pageants Facebook
“The Peach State” has a very special pageant that has come in at the seventh spot on our list of Best State Beauty Pageants of 2018! Miss Georgia USA and Teen USA Pageant is a very popular pageant produced by the hard working team at Greenwood Productions, Inc. President Kim Greenwood had been the state director for the state of Tennessee, when she was offered the directorship for the state of Georgia. So, along with Director of Operations Martha Ellen Christopher, they now produce an exciting and outstanding pageant each year for the young ladies in Georgia.
“My focus from the beginning has been for this program to provide a fair environment in which young women have the opportunity to better themselves,” says Greenwood. “I hope each contestant improves their ability to communicate effectively, to speak in front of people and to stand up for what they believe in. I encourage our contestants to find issues they feel strongly about, and to become involved in organizations and causes that speak to their hearts. Each young lady who has entered this program has had different goals and our staff strives hard to assist each person in their personal quest for excellence.”
Miss Georgia USA 2019 crowning moment. Photo: Miss Georgia USA Facebook
The sixth spot on our list is occupied by a pageant with some significance, as 2018 marks the 90th anniversary of the Miss Connecticut Scholarship Organization. This is a very long time for a beauty pageant to exist, and so it is incredibly exciting to be able to give honor and attention to this special organization. The Miss Connecticut pageant is the official state preliminary to the Miss America pageant. The winner of Miss Connecticut represents Connecticut at the Miss America competition for a chance to win the title of Miss America.
This long-standing organization has been blessed to partner with many generous and notable sponsors such as New York Dress, Subway, College Hill and Atiana’s Boutique. This has enabled them to put on stellar productions and provide countless opportunities and events for their contestants and titleholders over the years. We have no doubt that the Miss Connecticut Scholarship Organization will continue to set the bar for pageants into the next decade and beyond!
Miss Connecticut 2018. Photo: Miss America Organization
USA National Miss New England is a state preliminary to the national pageant, USA National Miss, and it takes the number five position on our list this year. Take one look at any of the pageants' social media pages and you will see that the state pageant’s directors Deb Landry and Jasmine DeRier are adored and deeply respected by their contestants and titleholders.
USA National Miss New England 2018, Crystal Annis speaks very highly of her experience as the titleholder as well as all of the top-of-the-line pageant sponsors she gets to work with, like Ashley Lauren and PIA consulting.
“A big thank you goes out my PIA coaches!” gushed Annis. “From paperwork, to interview prep, to watching my runway and gown walks over and over again - thank you for all of your support. Because of you I felt prepared and confident to showcase myself in the best way possible to my elite panel of judges. To any of my pageant girls out there, this group is the REAL DEAL and will do what it takes to help you reach your pageant and professional goals. I highly recommend them on your next journey to the crown!”
USA National Miss Maine 2018 queens. Photo: USA National Miss Maine Facebook
Pageant directors Madi and Valerie Marohn, have created a long standing legacy with the Princess of America Minnesota, Wisconsin and Great Lakes Pageants system, so it is no surprise that they take the fourth spot on our list. Even young ladies who have been in the industry their entire lives sing the praises of not only these two women, but also of the outstanding pageant production that they tirelessly put on each year. Some of the dedicated sponsors who offer their services to the contestants and titleholders in the pageant are Mary Swenson of Confidence and Poise Pageant Coaching, P.O.P. Pageantry, Nicole Fae HMA and Emily Stock of Tiger Lily Photography.
One enthusiastic fan showered the pageant with their gratitude in a recent review;
“The Princess of America MN/WI/Great Lakes Pageant is TOP NOTCH! Every competitor is treasured, loved, and leaves feeling like true royalty. The directors' attention to detail, care for each and every contestant, and focus on quality is evident in every area of the event (and before/after the pageant too!). The experience girls have in this program is unforgettable. They are SURE to have an amazing time. Oh- and the PRIZE PACKAGE is seriously incredible! :)”
Photo: Princess of America Minnesota, Wisconsin and Great Lakes Pageants Facebook
Shalyn Kernop and Kara Knudsen, directors of the California Elementary, Junior High, High School and Collegiate America pageant are no strangers to this list coming in at the number five spot in 2017. This year, not only did they move up to the third spot, but Kara, owner of Makeup By MasKara, was also named the top pageant makeup artist for the third year in a row! Not only do her contestants get a makeup workshop prior to the state pageant, but her titleholders get makeup help throughout the year and at nationals!
Speaking of perks, the lucky ladies who win the crown in this pageant come away with an awesome prize package to get them ready for their experience at Nationals. From a paid national entry fee to wardrobe to graphic design help, the California titleholders are fully prepared by their directors to set to take on the national competition with confidence.
Kernop and Knudsen went out of their way to arrange countless fun-filled activities during the 2018 pageant weekend. Everything from the Build-a-Bear event, Vision Board making with Janeice Love, learning about The Sparkle Effect with Kristen Dalton Wolfe and the Pink PJ Party, was created to ensure that every single contestant had a magical experience that would live in her memory for ever.
The following is just one of many positive reviews you will read about this system:
“Pageant Perfection! This was our first time participating in this system which came HIGHLY recommended by friends. We were blown away by the professionalism of the pageant directors and all of the special details which followed. The pageant was 100% fair, judges didn't know contestants and made girls feel confidant. There was a wonderful welcome party, pajama party and every contestant was spoiled with gifts. We were lucky enough to come home as a titleholder and have been having the best experience! Try it out, you will not regret it!”
2019 California royalty. Photo: California Elementary, Junior High, High School and Collegiate America
Magnolia State Pageants is a beloved state pageant deep in the heart of Mississippi that comes in at the second position on our list. Founded in 2000, the pageant is unique because it produces two separate state sponsored pageant events, but no national competition. The mission of the Magnolia State pageant system 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. The Miss Magnolia State Pageant is held in November and includes four categories; Junior Miss for girls ages 12-14; Miss Teen for girls ages 15-17; Miss for ladies for girls 18-28 and Mrs. for married ladies ages 18 and up and living with their spouse. The Little Miss Magnolia State Pageant is held each year in July for children ages zero to 11 years old. At this pageant, contestants are not allowed to wear pageant dresses, fake hair, false eyelashes or spray tans.
The directors make sure that this pageant is one-of-a-kind! The sashes are fun and distinctive and the crowns are out-of-this-world! Even some of the local prelims give their contestants an amazingly outrageous crown just for participating! Even the prize packages are unique in this system. Winners of the Little Miss Magnolia State Pageant each win a $1,000 Savings Bond. Each state queen receives $1,000 in cash and the four older winners receive a Caribbean Cruise to Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Mexico! Magnolia State Pageants awarded $40,000 total in cash prizes during the 2018 state pageant!
Photo: Magnolia State Pageants Facebook
Rounding out our list, and taking the #1 spot for 2018, is the Miss California USA and Teen USA Pageants! This should come as very exciting news for our California friends because they just had their state finals a few days ago and have brand new titleholders to celebrate! That’s not the only recent news for this stellar state pageant. Not only does the pageant have new titleholders, they have new directors! Todd and Julie Chrisley, of the successful television show, “Chrisley Knows Best” took over the directorship of the pageant in 2018.
Even though the Chrisleys are new to the Miss California USA and Teen USA Pageants, they are no strangers to the world of pageantry. The Chrisleys took over the directorship of the Miss Florida USA pageant in 2017. Their Florida state titleholder, Miss Florida USA 2018 Genesis Davila ending up placing in the Top 5 at the Miss USA pageant! In fact, their own daughter, Savannah Chrisley, is a former Miss Tennessee Teen USA and placed in the Top 15 at Miss Teen USA 2016.
This state pageant is already one of the largest in the entire Miss USA system and we’re certain that the new directors have big plans to attract even more contestants and promote the brand in new and exciting ways.
In addition to a successful track record and savvy new owners, this state pageant has some fabulous sponsors to help out their contestants and titleholders along their journey including Georgina Vaughan Photography, Bombshell Fitness and Hair Systems Extensions. The sky's the limit for the Miss California USA and Teen USA Pageants and we cannot wait to see what this incredible pageant is going to contribute to our industry in the coming years!
Miss California USA and Miss California Teen USA 2018. Photo: Miss California USA
The Miss and Mr Diamond Australia Pageant is a very unique beauty pageant experience in Australia. Diamond Australia strives to celebrate the beauty and diversity of every individual, and has no height, weight, size or age limits in the competition.
Those competing in Diamond Australia can compete for Miss Mini Diamond Australia, Miss Junior Diamond Australia, Miss Junior Teen Diamond Australia, Miss Teen Diamond Australia, Miss Diamond Australia, Miss Classic Diamond Australia and Mr. Diamond Australia. On top of the variety of divisions, Diamond Australia has developed further opportunities for more titleholders with all of their first, second, third and fourth placements winning gemstone-themed titles, such as Miss Ruby, Miss Emerald, Miss Sapphire and Miss Amethyst.
Charity is high priority at Diamond Australia, as last year’s finalists raised a staggering $67,000 between them for over 50 different charities. Diamond Australia removes the awkward onstage questions and replaces it with a simple question – “What’s your chosen charity and why have you chosen it”?
“This was my first pageant, and it really sets the bar high," Miss Teen Diamond Australia 2017, Izabella Spizick, said. "I loved the whole atmosphere and all the beautiful people I met, both inside and out. I feel that Miss Diamond is the first beauty pageant of its kind, focusing on inner strength and diverse beauties rather than the current western stereotype; hopefully, other pageants will follow this example and remove height/weight restrictions.”
2018 Diamond Royalty. Photo: Miss/Mr. Diamond Australia Facebook
Nearing its 20th year, Miss Earth is celebrated as one of the top three international pageants, featuring nearly 100 national representatives at each year’s glamorous competition. The mission of Miss Earth USA is to provide a platform for America's women to be a voice for environmental responsibility while featuring these beauties for opportunities in fashion, media and leadership opportunities.
Age divisions that progress to the international stage are 14-18 (Teen Miss), 18-27 (Miss), 21-59 (Mrs.) and 26-38 (Elite Miss). All competitive divisions are for female U.S. citizens. Additionally, some states offer local or state titles for Little Miss & Junior Miss Earth USA. This ambassador program provides young female leaders age 5-9 (Little Miss) and 10-14 (Junior Miss) with local or state titles, pageant mentorship, community service activities and the option to attend activities as our guest at the national pageant. These divisions do not include a national competition.
Miss Earth United States 2018. Photo: Anthony Tyus Photography
Miss America is arguably the “original” pageant and is the most well-known by those outside of the pageant world. It is a competition which awards scholarships for college and graduate school to American women between the ages of 17 to 25. Miss America travels about 20,000 miles a month, changing her location every 24 to 48 hours. She tours the nation promoting her particular platform of interest. Miss America also spends her year fundraising and working with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals around the country.
Over the years, the Miss America pageant has continued to grow from its roots, first developing into a beauty pageant and then into the world-renowned scholarship competition it is today.
A prize that has drawn many to the Miss America Organization for years is the promise of hundreds of thousands of dollars in potential scholarship money. Miss America is the largest provider of women's scholarships in the world and with good reason. The top prize for capturing the coveted title of Miss America is a $50,000 scholarship. The first runner-up walks away with a $25,000 scholarship, the second runner-up $20,000, the third runner-up $15,000 and the fourth runner-up $10,000. Competitors also have the chance to compete for additional scholarships on top of these already massive numbers.
Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin's crowning moment. Photo: Miss America Organization
USA National Miss is an industry-leading national scholarship pageant for young women ages 4-24. It is a fashion-forward system that provides amazing opportunities for their titleholders and a stellar prize package worth over $200,000 in cash scholarships and prizes. With a prize package like this, it's no wonder USA National Miss also came in at the number two spot in the Best Pageant Prize Packages of 2018! In only nine short years, UNM has become a household name in pageantry, best known for its friendly atmosphere, fun events, stellar production, incredible prizes and for giving its royalty a celebrity experience like no other.
The system heavily promotes sisterhood and community service, and has revolutionized the sisterhood concept in pageantry by having a formal organization in place for former national royalty, called Legacy Sisterhood Association. This association provides former national queens with a long list of perks while keeping them involved with the pageant system. USA National Miss is changing the culture of pageantry through its innovation, fashion and modeling elements and a real family atmosphere. This system is undoubtedly one of the most popular and fastest growing national pageant systems in the country, and is under the leadership of a two-time national award-winning director.
2018 USA National Miss queens. Photo: Amanda Ferguson
If you’re looking for a place to start with in pageantry you should definitely check out National American Miss. Whether you’ve competed in a few pageants before, or are new to the pageant world, National American Miss is a great way to gain confidence and experience in the pageant industry.
The National American Miss pageant has six age divisions for girls between the ages of 4 and 24 years of age. The Princess division is for 4-6 year olds, Junior Pre-Teen for 7-9 year olds, Pre-Teen for 10-12 year olds, Junior Teen for 13-15 year olds, Teen for 16-18 year olds and also appointed representative positions for 19-24 years in the Miss Division.
At National American Miss contestants compete in four different categories on pageant weekend: formal wear, personal introduction, interview and community service project. National American Miss also has an array optional contests for contestants to compete in. These include talent, photogenic, casual wear modeling, spokesmodel, Top Model Search and actress competitions. Other competitions include Most Promising Model, Miss Personality, Miss Spirit, Academic Achievement, Volunteer Service, Art, Best “Thank You Note” To Sponsor, Most Ticket Sales and Best Resume.
Photo: National American Miss
The Miss High School America Scholarship Pageant Organization was started in 2009, for the purpose of providing personal and professional opportunities for young women. The goal of this pageant is to provide outstanding junior high, high school and collegiate girls the opportunity to compete in a prestigious national level scholarship pageant. The Miss High School America Pageant Organization, partnered with the Livingston Foundation, has awarded over $300,000 in cash scholarships to our national contestants over the last ten years. National winners win a prize package totaling over $70,000 in scholarships, travel, wardrobe, photoshoots and additional prizes each year.
The High School America prize package is now over $110,000 (includes $40,000 Jeep Wrangler) and the Junior High and Collegiate prize package is over $70,000 each! It should come as no surprise that this system even made our Best Pageant Prize Packages of 2018 list!
2018 Miss High School America royalty. Photo: Sheldon Smith Photography
From its inception through to the new millennium, the Miss South Africa pageant has attracted hundreds of beauties from across the nation and is an integral part of South African life. Every aspect of the pageant supports the ideals and attributes of today’s woman – a woman who has her own goals and views of her role within society. These ideals are emphasised by the associated charitable causes which largely benefit from Miss South Africa’s patronage.
During her reign, Miss SA needs to be the people’s queen, as she will be spending most of her time engaging with people from diverse cultures in South Africa, as well as representing the nation on an international platform. Miss South Africa’s qualities are that she is compassionate and inspirational. She is a confident woman, comfortable with speaking to CEOs and dignitaries, while fearlessly using her voice for the charitable cause of her choosing.
Miss South Africa Universe titleholders have had great success in recent years at Miss Universe. Miss South Africa 2017 Demi Leigh Nel Peters was crowned Miss Universe 2017 and Miss South Africa Universe 2018 Tamaryn Green placed 1st Runner-up at Miss Universe 2018.
Miss South Africa 2018 Tamaryn Green. Photo: Jacques Du Preez Photography
The Miss USA & Teen USA pageant is part of the Miss Universe Organization (MUO), which encourages titleholders to be self-confident and continue to strive to be the best they personally can be. Delegates who become part of the Miss Universe Organization, like Miss USA & Teen USA, are savvy, goal-oriented and aware of what is going on in the world around them. These women display those characteristics in their everyday lives as individuals competing with hopes of advancing their professional goals, personal goals and humanitarian goals, and also as women seeking to improve the lives of those around them.
The Miss Universe Organization firmly believes that every woman should be “confidently beautiful.” and provides international platforms through partnerships with many worldwide charities, brands and sponsors. During her reign, Miss USA primarily works to raise awareness for breast and ovarian cancer. Whether through advocacy efforts, or encouraging women to get mammograms, Miss USA is very dedicated to helping women across the country fight cancer. Additionally, Miss USA works closely with the Best Buddies Organization and USO throughout her reign.
Miss USA 2018 Sarah Rose Summers and Miss Teen USA 2018 Hailey Colborn. Photo: Miss USA Instagram
Nuestra Belleza Latina sees contestants residing in a house together in Miami, Florida, competing in weekly challenges to win the Nuestra Belleza Latina crown. Each week the viewing public votes for their favorites and one contestant is eliminated. The winner receives a year-long television presenting contract with Univision, among other prizes. Contestants are Hispanic and Latino Americans who are either American citizens or permanent residents.
The finalists receive training in dance, catwalk, speaking, teleprompter reading and physical fitness, and compete in weekly challenges against each other. The winner receives various prizes, such as a contract with Univision, a cash prize and the title of Nuestra Belleza Latina.
Photo: Nuestra Belleza Latina Instagram
Binibining Pilipinas is a national beauty pageant in the Philippines that selects Filipina representatives to compete in two of the "big four" international beauty pageants: the Miss Universe and Miss International. They also crown four other titleholders to participate in international pageants such as Miss Supranational, Miss Intercontinental, Miss Grand International and Miss Globe. This year, two of its titleholders went on to take their respective international crowns!
Apart from producing the country's best beauties as representatives for various international competitions, BPCI has been a key partner in nation-building for over four decades, providing skills training, educational workshops, mission work and other relevant services for the marginalized sectors of the community.
First and foremost a charitable organization, BPCI donates all its earnings to a string of orphanages in Metro Manila including daycare centers, in cooperation with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). In times of calamities, it is committed to contribute aid to relief operations whenever and wherever such calamities occur. One of the most memorable relief operations that involved BPCI was when Central Luzon was immensely affected by the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991. Binibining Pilipinas past and then current titleholders trudged through the ash-laden town of Porac, the Tent City in Pampanga and other refugee camps, to distribute food, medicines and other basic needs to the affected helpless residents that included ethnic tribes that lived on the volcano slopes. The institution also contributed to the global effort of aiding the Tsunami Victims when it made its donation during the MTV Asia Aid Event at the Araneta Center in 2005.
Other, more recent, fulfilling endeavors undertaken were regular children's welfare programs at the Barangay Socorro Day Care Center and the Philippine General Hospital Pediatric Cancer Unit, helping build houses for the poor as volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, bringing relief and inspiration to our wounded soldiers at the AFP Medical Center and bringing Christmas cheer to indigent children by hosting them during the Disney On Ice Charity Show every December.
Two Binibining Pilipinas 2018 titleholders. Photo: Binibining Pilipinas Instagram
Founded in 1976, International Cinderella is the largest youth development pageant for girls and young women around the world. Throughout its 40 year history Cinderella has championed the need and value of higher education for women and has promoted that goal by awarding millions of dollars in cash college scholarships to young women from the United States and a host of foreign countries.
Cinderella is based on a 3 tiered system of competitions. Participants start out on the local level and based on their performance can advance to the state level of competition (or national level for foreign countries) and then proceed to the final level of competition, the international pageant. The different divisions in the International Cinderella Scholarship Program includes Tot, Mini Miss, Miss, Teen and Woman.
2018 Cinderella Royalty. Photo: Cinderella International Scholarship Pageant Instagram
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. Awards are provided for academic achievement, volunteer service and spirit of participation. Additional scholarships are provided for excellence in talent, modeling, public speaking and other optional categories. IJM encourages a healthy lifestyle, but no swimsuit competition is required for the IJM competition. No experience is necessary. We provide you with several training opportunities
This pageant crown isn't known as the crown of opportunities without cause. The International Junior Miss pageant system was featured as one of the Best Pageant Prize Packages of 2018 during this Best in Pageantry season. Each international winner receives a $10,000 cash award, international trips and fun prizes and gifts throughout the year.
Photo: Kathy Whittaker Photography
The main aim of the Miss Tourism World beauty pageant is to promote the tourism and culture of each of the host nations they work with. They strongly believe in the tourism message of each of the countries involved in Miss Tourism and are proud to help these nations attract both domestic and international visitors and investors. Contestants gain entry to the Miss Tourism final by winning their national Miss Tourism contests, and every single entrant is proud to be an ambassador of their country’s tourism industry. This organization takes pride in their status as the world’s premier beauty and tourism pageants.
Before deciding on a location for the upcoming year's pageant, the Miss Tourism World organization sends the current titleholder to the location to explore the country and meet with city officials. Below is the current Miss Tourism World exploring the location for the 2018 pageant!
Photo: Miss Tourism World Instagram
While the sash and crown have become pop culture mainstays, the Miss Intercontinental event has grown to become an ultimate show and icon of female beauty and success. The world has changed a lot in the over 47 years that this pageant has existed and Miss Intercontinental has mirrored those changes. Titleholders have gone on to high-profile careers in government, business, finance, film and fashion. These are women of power and grace, commitment and intelligence, style and substance.
Over 80 candidates are judged by their overall beauty, elegance, personality, poise and communication. Each contestant represents her country for their year of service. Delegates must be ages 18-27 and will be judged in following categories: evening gown, swimsuit and a personality interview.
The reiging Miss Intercontinental. Photo: Miss Intercontinental Instagram
Unlike the US-based namesake pageant and most other large international pagaents, the Miss International Beauty Pageant isn't based in the United States. Traditionally, Miss International lives in Tokyo during her reign. Miss International Beauty Pageant is part of the "big four" international beauty pageants. Miss International is the fourth largest beauty pageant in the world after Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss Earth.
Miss International established the "Miss International Fund" to donate to the world's underprivileged children through charity organizations such as UNICEF and the tree planting activities aimed at environmental preservation in Japan. Through such charity activities, Miss International aims to not only compete for outward beauty but also to proactively engage in international exchange and social contribution activities.
Miss Earth is an annual international environmental-themed beauty pageant promoting environmental awareness. Along with Miss World, Miss Universe, and Miss International, this pageant is one of the "big four" international beauty pageants – the most coveted beauty titles when it comes to international pageant competitions.
The reigning titleholders dedicate their year to promote specific projects and often address issues concerning the environment through school tours, tree planting activities, street campaigns, coastal clean-ups, speaking engagements, shopping mall tours, media guesting, environmental fairs, storytelling programs to children, eco-fashion shows and other environmental activities. The Miss Earth winner is the spokesperson for the Miss Earth Foundation, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other environmental organizations. The Miss Earth Foundation also works with the environmental departments and ministries of participating countries, various private sectors and corporations, as well as Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF).
Miss Earth has four phases of competition that include: private interview, evening gown, fun fashion and swimsuit. In order to compete for Miss Earth, you must have won a preliminary pageant, be between the ages of 18 and 26 years old and a female who has never married and has never had children.
Miss Earth 2018 made history as the first Miss Earth to come from Vietnam. Photo: Miss Earth Organization
The Miss Supranational mission is to provide a wide-reaching platform for outstanding young women designed to promote their individuality and enhance their personal and professional development. By building on their innate beauty, strength of character and confidence through programs that make them positive role models. The end goal for each Miss Supranational winner is different but there's a common thread that ties them together; the desire to create something bigger than themselves. The pageant is shown on a live broadcast that is viewed in more than 120 countries by over 100 million people.
The winner of the MIss Supranational pageant not only wins a cash prize of $30,000, but also receives many gifts and prizes, including a representation contract with the MIss Supranational Organization.
The crowning moment of Miss Supranational 2018. Photo: Milton Mieloch
Miss Grand International is one of the world’s leading international beauty pageants and one of the five "Grand Slam Beauty Pageants" along with Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Supranational. The advocacy and mission of Miss Grand International beauty pageant are committed to spread the message of happiness and to take a stand and say “Stop the War and Violence.” They really do want world peace.
The winner of Miss Grand International receives $40,000 and is also provided with a fully-furnished luxury apartment in Bangkok for her year. As part of her prize package, Miss Grand International will travel throughout the world to advocate for peace. In addition, the winners of the Special Awards are given a cash prize of $D3,000.
Photo: Miss Grand International Instagram
The Miss World pageant is the longest running major international pageant. Miss World was created in 1951 by Eric Morley in the United Kingdom. Miss World, and the Miss World Organization, work to raise money for children’s charities, and have raised more than $4 million since its creation in 1951.
Beauty with a Purpose has helped in funding Cleft Palate Teams in South America, Sri Lanka and Russia, done three fundraising tours to support abandoned and neglected children in Vietnam and provided long term support for both Operation Hunger and the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Africa. Additionally, Beauty with a Purpose teamed up with Jackie Chan and the Chinese Red Cross in bringing financial aid to those most seriously affected by the Asian tsunami.
The Beauty with a Purpose Award is presented at the final pageant each year after contestants present their community service and charitable projects. The contestant with the best project receives the award, which adds many points to their final score, as well as awarding $10,000 to the winner's chosen charity.
Miss World contestants participate in Beach Fashion, Beauty with a Purpose, Multimedia, Sports, Talent and Top Model leading up to the final competition. At the Miss World final competition, contestants are narrowed down through a series of questions and interviews. There is also a category for People’s Choice at Miss World, with the contestant winning the people’s choice vote moving into the final line up.
Photo: Miss World Instagram
The Miss Universe Organization empowers women to develop the confidence they need to achieve their personal best. A confident woman has the power to make real change, starting in her local community with the potential to reach a global audience. This pageant encourages every woman to get out of her comfort zone, be herself, and continue to define what it means to be "confidently beautiful." MUO is a company run by women for women, built on a foundation of inclusion and continues to be a celebration of diversity. Annually, nearly ten thousand young women participate in Miss Universe pageant events. The mission of the organization is to provide the tools which help women to be their personal best.
The contestants and titleholders that have gone through the Miss Universe system are able to cultivate their personal career goals, advocate for humanitarian issues and be a voice to affect positive change in the world. These women have gone on to high-profile careers in government, business, finance, broadcasting, as well as film and television.
Miss Universe earns a luxurious New York apartment, with living expenses paid for, a year’s supply of makeup and hair products, a modeling portfolio shot by leading photographers, professional health and nutrition consultations, extensive travel sponsorship, support from charitable partners, professional representation by the MUO and personal styling and wardrobe by the MUO stylists.
Photo: Miss Universe Organization
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 Foundation 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.
Ciara, HeartShine director/founder thanks the program for hosting us this year & wishes all the contestants good luck. Photo: Heart Shine Events
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: Miss American Royalty USA Pageant Facebook
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, Bryanna Forbes, and her court. Photo: Royal International Miss
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
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 2017 queens. Photo: Miss American Coed
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: Amy Peck
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 2017 queens. Photo: USA National Miss
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
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
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
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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.
Post crowning hug at Miss Teenage Canada 2017. Photo: Darren Lee
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
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!
Miss American Teenager Junior 2018 Top 5. Photo: Miss American Teenager Facebook page.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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!
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
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
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. Photo: Miss America Organization Facebook
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
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
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
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.rappler.com
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
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
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
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
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
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.
A Ms. American Royalty USA titleholder. Photo: Rickey Smith
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
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
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
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
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.
Ms. World 2017-2018 titleholders. Photo: Ms. World
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
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.
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
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
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. 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 Homemaker 2018, Anjali Raut. Photo: Mrs. India Homemaker Facebook Page
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
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: Stacey Clarke/Ms./Mrs. Earth UK Facebook page
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. USA Universal 2017, Charmaine Pinkerton. Photo: Melissa Wambolt Photography
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
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. Photo: Paula Preston Photography
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: Brendan Croft
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.
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
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
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.
Joshua Lennet, Mister Tourism World 2017 Photo: Mister Tourism 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
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
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
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, and finalists. Photo: Men Universe Models
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
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
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
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!
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!"
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."
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."
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."
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."
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: Rob Aberegg
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!"
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: Miss Universe Organization
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
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."
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!
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
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
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.
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
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.
Miss High School America 2017 titleholder. Photo: Miss Junior High School America Pageant Facebook
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
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.
Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields
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
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
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, 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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
"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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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 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 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
America’s US Miss queens with crowns on their head and sand in their toes. Photo by: America’s US Miss Organization
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
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.
USA National Miss. Photo by: USA National Miss Scholarship Organization
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!
Mrs. America 2016 Madeline Gwin Photo by: Frank Carnaggio Photography
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.
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”
2016 Miss High School, Miss Collegiate, and Miss Junior High America titleholders Emily Bray, Chloe Hatfield, and Emilee Webb Photo by: SON Studios
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."
Miss Teen USA 2015 Katherine Haik Photo by: Miss Universe Organization
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.
Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2016 Allie Nault Photo by: Jennifer Bopp Cady
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.
Olivia Jordan Miss USA 2015 and 2nd runner-up at Miss Universe Photo by: Miss Universe Organization
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.
Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell. Photo: Matt Boyd Photography
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.
Anea Garcia, Miss Grand International 2015
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!
Miss Galaxy 2016, Bella Normand
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.
Miss Globe 2015, Ann Colis
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.
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!
Stephanie Stegman, Miss Supranational 2015
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.
International Junior Miss 2015 Queens
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
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!
Angelia Ong, Miss Earth 2015
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.
Mireia Lalaguna Royo, Miss World 2015
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!
Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2015
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
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
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
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
Phases of Competition: Photogenic Formal Wear Casual Model Fashion Model
Between this private interview and the glamorous wear, Today's American Woman 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
Phases of Competition: 1/2 Private Interview 1/4 Evening Gown 1/4 Glamorous Wear
One of the cool things about this America's Natural Supreme Beauties 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
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 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
Phases of Competition: Eveningwear Interview On-Stage Question Sportswear
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
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 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
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 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
"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.
Being as the Miss Tourism International 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
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
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
"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.
2014 International Junior Miss Royalty
"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.
Miss Galaxy titleholders
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.
Miss International after her crowning
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.
Miss Earth during her crowning moment
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!
Miss World 2015 Rolene Strauss
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.
Photo: Miss Universe 2014, Gabriela Isler
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.
Miss American Coed 2014
International Junior Miss' 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.
2014 International Junior Miss Teen Taylor Jones. Photo: International Junior Miss
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.
Former Miss Collegiate America
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.
2013 USA National Miss titleholders
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.
Olivia McMillan, Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2015
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.
Miss Teen USA 2014 after her crowning
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.
Miss USA 2014, Nia Sanchez shortly after crowning
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.
Kira Kazantsev right after her Miss America 2015 crowning
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.
Miss United States 2014 crowning moment. Photo: Southern Exposure Photography
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 three 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.
Newly crowned National American Miss
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.
Miss America's Outstanding Teen, Leah Sykes
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.
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.
Miss World, Megan Young
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.
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!
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.
National American Miss Teen, Rachel Major
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.
Miss United States 2013, Candiace Dillard
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.
Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan. Photo: Miss America Organization
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.
Miss USA, Erin Brady
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.
Miss Universe 2013, Gabriela Isler
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