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Best Beauty Pageants: 2019 Edition

31, January 2019

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

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Photo: American Pageants Instagram 

Top 10 Preteen Pageants of 2018

Top 10 Teen Pageants of 2018

Top 10 Miss Pageants of 2018

Top 10 Ms. Pageants of 2018

Top 10 Mrs. Pageants of 2018

Top 10 Male Pageants of 2018

Top 10 State Pageants of 2018

Top 10 National Pageants of 2018

Top 10 International Pageants of 2018

Top Pageants of 2017

Top Pageants of 2016

Top Pageants of 2015

Top Pageants of 2014

Top Pageants of 2013

Top 10 Preteen Pageants of 2018

10. International United Miss

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

9. American Pageants

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

8. Miss American Coed

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

7. USA Ambassador

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

6. ANTSO

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

5. Cinderella Scholarship Program

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

4. Miss Jr. High School America

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

3. National American Miss

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

2. USA National 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

1. International Junior Miss

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

Top 10 Teen Pageants of 2018

10. Miss Teen Global Awareness International

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

9. American Pageants

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

8. Princess of America

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

7. ANTSO

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

6. Miss America’s Outstanding Teen

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

5. National American Miss

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

4. USA National 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

3. International Junior Miss

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

2. Miss High School America

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

1. Miss Teen USA

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

Top 10 Miss Pageants of 2018

10. Nuestra Belleza

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

9. Miss International Beauty Pageant

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

8. Femina Miss India Pageants

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

7. Miss Supranational

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

6. Miss Grand International

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

5. Miss USA

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

4. Binibining Pilipinas

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

3. Miss World

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

2. Miss Earth

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

1. Miss Universe

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

Top 10 Ms. Pageants of 2018

10. Royal International Ms.

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 

9. American Elegance

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

8. Ms. Woman of Achievement

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

7. Captivating Pageants

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

6. Global United Pageant

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

5. International United Miss

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

4. International Ms.

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

3. North America Beauty Pageants

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

2. Ms. World

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

1. MCS International Pageant

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
 

Top 10 Mrs. Pageants of 2018

10. ECO Pageants

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

9. Mrs. United States

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

8. USA Ambassador

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

7. The Global United Pageants

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

6. AmeriFest National Pageants

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

5. Mrs. Universal

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

4. Mrs. International

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

3. Mrs. America

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

2. Mrs. Globe

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

1. Mrs. World

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

Top 10 Male Pageants of 2018

10. Mr. Diamond Australia

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

9. Mister Model International

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

8. Mr. Gay World

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

7. Mister Tourism World

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

6. Mister Universe Model

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

5. Mister Universal Ambassador

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

4. Mister World

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

3. Mister Supranational

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

2. Mister International

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

1. Mister Global

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

 

Top 10 State Pageants of 2018

10. Minnesota United States Pageants

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

9. Miss Texas Jr. High, High School & Collegiate America Scholarship Pageant

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

8. Texas International Pageants

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

7. Miss Georgia USA and Teen USA Pageants

“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

6. Miss Connecticut Scholarship Pageants

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

5. USA National Miss New England

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

4. Princess of America Minnesota, Wisconsin and Great Lakes Pageants

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

3. California Elementary, Jr. High School, High School, Collegiate America Pageants

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

2. Magnolia State Pageants

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

1. Miss California USA and Teen USA Pageants

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

Top 10 National Pageants of 2018

10. Diamond Australia

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

9. Miss Earth USA

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

8. Miss America

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

7. USA National Miss

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

6. National American Miss

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

5. Miss Jr. High, High School and Collegiate America Pageant

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

4. Miss South Africa Universe

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

3. Miss USA

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

2. Nuestra Belleza Latina

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

1. Binibining Pilipinas

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

Top 10 International Pageants of 2018

10. International Cinderella Scholarship Program

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

9. 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. 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

8. Miss Tourism World

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

7. Miss Intercontinental

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 

 

6. Miss International Beauty Pageant

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.

5. Miss Earth

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

4. Miss Supranational

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

3. Miss Grand International

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

2. Miss World

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

1. Miss Universe

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
 

Top 10 Preteen Pageants of 2017

10. Heart Shine Foundation Pageant

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

The Heart Shine 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.

Miss Heartshine Royalty visiting Disneyland,best beauty pageants

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

9. Miss American Royalty USA

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

Miss American Royalty USA Pageant,top pageants

Miss American Royalty USA Pageant. Photo: Pageant Planet

8. Royal International Miss Pageant

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

Royal International Miss Preteen, 2017,best rated pageants

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

7. Junior Miss Galaxy International 

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

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

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

6. National Miss American Coed Preteen Pageant

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

Miss American Coed Preteen 2017, Vanessa Ramos, best beauty pageants

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

5. Miss Royalty International Preteen 

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

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

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

4. USA National Miss Preteen 

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

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

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

3. Cinderella International Scholarship Pageant

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

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

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

2. National American Miss

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

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

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

1. International Junior Miss

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

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

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

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Top 10 Teen Pageants of 2017

10. Miss Teenage Canada 

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

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

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

9. Miss Teen International 

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

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

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

8. Miss American Teenager 

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

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

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

7. USA National Miss 

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

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

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

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

6. National American Miss 

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

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

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

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

5. World's Perfect Teen 

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

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

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

4. American Pageants 

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

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

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

3. Miss High School America 

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

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

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

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

2. Miss America's Outstanding Teen

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

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

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

1. Miss Teen USA 

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

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

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

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

 

Top 10 Miss Pageants of 2017

10. Miss Venezuela

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

2017 Miss Venezuela titleholders Photo: Miss Venezuela Organization

2017 Miss Venezuela titleholders. Photo: Miss Venezuela Organization

9. Miss World

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

Miss World 2017, Manushi Chhillar Photo: Miss World Facebook

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

8. Miss America

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

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

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

7. Miss Grand International

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

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

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

6. Miss International

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

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

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

5. Miss Supranational

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

Miss Supranational 2017, Jenny Kim Photo: Miss Supranational Facebook

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

4. Binibining Pilipinas

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

2017 Binibining Pilipinas titleholders Photo: www.bbpilipinas.com

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

3. Miss USA

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

Miss USA 2017, Kára McCullough Photo: Miss USA Facebook

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

2. Miss Universe

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

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

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

1. Miss Earth

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

Miss Earth 2017, Karen Ibasco Photo: Miss Earth Facebook

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

 

Top 10 Ms. Pageants of 2017

10. Global United Pageant

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

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

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

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

9. Ms. America

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

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

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

8. Ms. American Royalty USA

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

Christina Askren, Miss American Royalty USA 2017 Photo: Rickey Smith

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

7. Ms. Royalty International

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

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

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

6. Pure International Ms.

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

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

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

5. Ms. Woman of Achievement

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

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

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

4. USA Ambassador Ms.

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

2017 USA Ambassador Pageant titleholders Photo: USA Ambassador Pageant

2017 USA Ambassador Pageant titleholders. Photo: USA Ambassador Pageant

3. Ms. World

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

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

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

2. World's Perfect

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

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

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

1. International Ms. 

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

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

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

 

Top 10 Mrs. Pageants of 2017

10. American Woman of Service

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

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

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

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

9. Woman of Achievement

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

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

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

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

8. Mrs. United States

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

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

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

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

7. Mrs. India Homemakers

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

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

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

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

6. Mrs. Globe

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

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

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

5. Mrs. Earth

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

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

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

4. Mrs. US Universal

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

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

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

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

3. Mrs. America

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

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

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

2. Mrs. International

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

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

Mrs. International 2017, Melissa Pocza. Paula Preston Photography

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

1. Mrs. World

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

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

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

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

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

 

Top 10 Male Pageants of 2017

10. Mister Global Teen

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

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

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

9. Mister Universal Ambassador

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

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

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

8. Mister Tourism World

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

Mister Tourism World 2017 Finalists Photo: Mister Tourism World

Mister Tourism World 2017 Finalists. Photo: Mister Tourism World

7. Mr. Gay World

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

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

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

6. Mister Model International

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

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

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

5. Mister Supranational

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

Mister Supranational 2017, Gabriel Correa Photo: Mister Supranational Facebook

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

4. Mister Universe Model

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

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

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

3. Mister World

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

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

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

2. Mister International

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

Mister International 2016, Paul Iskandar. Photo: Mister International

Mister International 2016, Paul Iskandar. Photo: Mister International

1. Mister Global

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

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

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

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

 

Top 10 State Pageants of 2017

10. Teen/Miss/Mrs. Texas International 

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

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

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

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

9. Miss American Coed New England

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

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

2017 Miss New England Coed titleholders Photo: Ashley Lynn Photography

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

8. Miss Minnesota United States

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

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

2017 Miss Minnesota United States titleholders Photo:

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

7. New Brunswick Canada Miss Teen Atlantic Canada Pageant

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

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

Miss Teen Atlantic Canda Winners Photo:

Miss Teen Atlantic Canda Winners. Photo: Tanya Everett Photography

6. Alabama's Southern Miss

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

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

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

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

5. California Junior High, High School and Collegiate America

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

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

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

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

4. Miss Magnolia State

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

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

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

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

3. Miss Minnesota USA

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

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

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

2. USA National Miss Maine

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

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

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

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

1. SK Pageants

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

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

Miss Georgia 2017 titleholders. Photo: SK Pageants

Miss Georgia 2017 titleholders. Photo: SK Pageants

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

 

Top 10 National Pageants of 2017

10. USA Ambassador

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

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

USA Ambassador 2017 titleholders. Photo: usaambassador.com

USA Ambassador 2017 titleholders. Photo: usaambassador.com

9. American Pageants

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

American Pageants 2018 titleholders. Photo: americanpageants.org

American Pageants 2018 titleholders. Photo: americanpageants.org

8. Mrs. America

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

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

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

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

7. Nuestra Belleza/Mexicana Universal

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

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

Miss Universe Mexico 2017. Photo: mexicanauniversal.com

Miss Universe Mexico 2017. Photo: mexicanauniversal.com

6. Miss High School America

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

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

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

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

5. USA National Miss

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

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

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

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

4. Miss America

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

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

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

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

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

3. Binibining Pilipinas

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

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

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

Binibining Pilipinas 2017 titleholders. Photo: Binibining Pilipinas Facebook

2. Miss USA

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

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

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

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

1. National American Miss

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

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

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

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

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

Top 10 International Pageants of 2017

10. Global Elite Miss

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

2017 Global Elite Miss Queens Photo: Global Elite Miss

2017 Global Elite Miss queens. Photo: Global Elite Miss

9. World's Perfect Miss

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

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

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

8. International Cinderella Scholarship Program

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

2017-2018 International Royalty Photo: International Cinderella Pageants

2017-2018 International Royalty. Photo: International Cinderella Pageants

7. International Junior Miss

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

Photo: Photographic Vision

Photo: Photographic Vision

6. Mrs. World

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

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

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

5. Miss Supranational

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

Miss Supranational 2017, Jenny Kim Photo: Miss Supranational Facebook

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

4. Miss Grand International

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

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

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

3. Miss World

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

Miss World 2017, Manushi Chhillar Photo: Miss World Organization

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

2. Miss Earth

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

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

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

1. Miss Universe

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

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

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

 

Top 10 Preteen Pageants of 2016

10. Heart of the USA

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

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

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

9. Pure International Pageants

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

Photo: Pure International Facebook Page

Photo: Pure International Facebook Page

8. Princess of America

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

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

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

7. Miss Royalty International

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

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

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

6. Galaxy International

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

Galaxy Pageants. Photo: Galaxy Pageants Facebook Page.

Galaxy Pageants. Photo: Galaxy Pageants Facebook Page.

5. Cinderella International

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

Cinderella Pageant. Photo: Cinderella Pageant System

Cinderella Pageant. Photo: Cinderella Pageant System

4. Miss American Coed

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

MAC Titleholders. Photo: MAC Pageants Official Website

MAC Titleholders. Photo: MAC Pageants Official Website

3. USA National Miss

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

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

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

2. International Junior Miss

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

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

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

1. National American Miss

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

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

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

 

Top 10 Teen Pageants of 2016

10. World's Miss Tourism Pageant

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

worlds-teen-miss-tourism-2017

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

9. Miss Teen International

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

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

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

8. Miss Teen United States

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

Mary McGeorge

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

7. America’s Perfect Teen

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

Kailey-Grill

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

6. National American Miss

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

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

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

5. America’s National Teenager

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

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

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

4. Miss Teen of America

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

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

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

3. Miss High School America

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

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

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

2. Miss America’s Outstanding Teen

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

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

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

1. Miss Teen USA

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

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

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

 

Top 10 Miss Pageants of 2016

10. Miss Venezuela

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

Miss Venezuela 2016 Photo: Facebook Miss Venezuela Oficial

Miss Venezuela 2016. Photo: Facebook Miss Venezuela Official

9. Miss International

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

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

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

8. Binibining Pilipinas

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

Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Photo: Maxine Facebook

Miss Universe Philippines 2016. Photo: Maxine Medina Facebook

7. Miss Supranational

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

Photo: Miss Supranational Facebook

Miss Supranational. Photo: Miss Supranational Facebook

6. Miss Galaxy

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

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Miss Galaxy 2016 titleholders. Photo: Miss Galaxy website

5. Miss Earth

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

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

Miss Earth 2016 Photo: missearth.tv

Miss Earth 2016. Photo: missearth.tv

4. Miss World

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

Miss World 2016 Photo: Missworld.com

Miss World 2016. Photo: Missworld.com

3. Miss America

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

Miss America, Savvy Shields, Photo: Matt Boyd Photography

Miss America, Savvy Shields, Photo: Matt Boyd Photography

2. Miss USA

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

Miss USA 2016 Photo: Fadill Berisha Photography

Miss USA 2016. Photo: Fadil Berisha Photography

1. Miss Universe

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

Miss Universe 2016

Miss Universe 2015. Photo: Fadil Berisha Photography

 

Top Mrs. Pageants of 2016

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

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

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

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

9. Mrs. US Universal

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

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

8. Mrs. Earth

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

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

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

7. Mrs. Galaxy

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

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

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

6. Mrs. Globe

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

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

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

5. Mrs. India Home Makers 

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

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

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

4. Mrs. United States

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

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

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

3. Mrs. International

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

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

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

2. Mrs. America

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

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

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

1. Mrs. World

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

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

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

 

Top 10 State Pageants of 2016

10. Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen Pageant

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

Jordan Axel, Miss Indiana Outstanding Teen Photo: Olivia Eve

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

9. South Carolina Cinderella

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

2016 Cinderella Winner's Circle Photo: South Carolina Cinderella

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

8. Miss North Carolina

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

McKenzie Faggart after wining the coveted Miss North Carolina 2016 title

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

7. Miss Minnesota United States

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

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Miss Minnesota United States royal court. Photo: Facebook

6. Mrs. Maryland United States

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

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

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

5. Little Miss NC/SC United States Pageant

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

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

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

4. Alabama's Southern Miss

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

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

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

3. Miss Southeastern States Miss Heart of the USA

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

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

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

2. USA National Miss Maine

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

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

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

1. Miss California USA

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

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

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

 

Best National Pageants of 2015

10. America's US Miss

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

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

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

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

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

8. USA National Miss

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

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

7. Mrs. America

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

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

6. National American Miss (NAM)

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

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

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

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

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

4. Miss Teen USA

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

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

3. Miss America's Outstanding Teen (MAOTeen)

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

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

2. Miss USA

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

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

1. Miss America

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

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Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell Photo by: Matt Boyd Photography

 

Top International Pageants of 2015

10. Miss Grand International

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

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Anea Garcia, Miss Grand International 2015

9. Miss Galaxy

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

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Miss Galaxy 2016, Bella Normand

8. Miss Globe International

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

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Miss Globe 2015, Ann Colis

7. Miss Tourism International

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

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6. Miss Supranational

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

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Stephanie Stegman, Miss Supranational 2015

5. International Junior Miss

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

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International Junior Miss 2015 Queens

4. Miss International

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

Edymar Martinez, Miss International 2015

Edymar Martinez, Miss International 2015

3. Miss Earth

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

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Angelia Ong, Miss Earth 2015

2. Miss World

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

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Mireia Lalaguna Royo, Miss World 2015

1. Miss Universe

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

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Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2015

 

Top 10 Ms. Pageants of 2014

10. Pure American Pageants

PURE American Pageant is a Christian based pageant system that focuses on promoting the values of good self-esteem and self-confidence in women and girls of all ages.

Qualifications to Enter Ms Division: 30 to 39 years old, single, married, widowed or divorced
Fee: Not Listed
Phases of Competition: Personal Interview ?Modeling Outfit #1 Modeling Outfit #2 Formal Wear Self-Introduction Overall Impression  

9. Beauties American Beauty Pageant

The Beauties American Beauty Pageant is a pretty typical pageant system as far as categories go. With interview being the most highly weighted category, if you're planning on entering the pageant, that's the best place to start preparing!

Qualifications to Enter Ms Division: 30+ unmarried, married, divorced, single, widowed
Fees: Not Listed
Phases of Competition: Interview Fitness Attire or Swimwear Evening Gown Stage presence  

8. Ms. Beauties of The Nation

This system is heavily communication based with 60% of the contestant's overall score being based on communication skills. This would definitely be the pageant for you if your best area is interview or public speaking!

Qualifications to Enter Ms Division: 25+, divorced, widowed, with or without children
Fee: $99 (For state winners)
Phases of Competition: Interview Personal Introduction Community Service Evening wear  

7. Dream Girls USA

Women have a lot of fun competing in the Dream Girls USA system. The later age cutoff gives ladies who may not be quite ready to give up pageantry a few additional years to compete.

Qualifications to Enter Ms Division: Ms. 20-29, Can be married and have a child
Fees: $695
Phases of Competition: Photogenic Formal Wear Casual Model Fashion Model  

6. Today's American Woman Pageant

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
Fee: $595
Phases of Competition: 1/2 Private Interview 1/4 Evening Gown 1/4 Glamorous Wear  

5. America's Natural Supreme Beauties

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
Fee: $300
Phases of Competition: Formal Wear State Wear Outfit of Choice (something that represents where you come from) Round Robin Interview On Stage Question Personal Introduction during OOC

4. Ms. America Pageant

Ms. America is a good transition out of the Miss America system when you age out but aren't ready to give up on pageantry. Most of the categories are the same, with the exception of the pageant talent portion.

Qualifications to Enter Ms Division: 26 and up
Fee: $1,199
Phases of Competition: Eveningwear Interview On-Stage Question Sportswear  

3. Ms. Galaxy

Ms. Galaxy really focuses on finding a well rounded and involved titleholder. It's important that you're able to own the catwalk, stage and the camera when vying for this title!

Qualifications to Enter Ms Division: 30 + single, divorced, widowed, single mother
Fee: $1,200
Phases of Competition: 1/5 Photogenic 1/5 Interview 1/5 Swimsuit 1/5 Fashion wear 1/5 Evening Gown *Bonus: Can earn up to 5 pts by making appearances. More details on the site.  

2. Ms. American Coed

Ms. American Coed is a traditionally conservative system. This is a good next step for ladies aging out of Miss American Coed and National American Miss. We recommend you look into it!

Qualifications to Enter Ms Division: 23-29
Fee: $440
Phases of Competition: 1/3 Poise and Appearance in Evening wear 1/3 Personal Introduction and Appearance in Interview 1/3 Self Confidence, Poise, and Personality in Interview  

1. Ms. United States

Ms. United States is a glamorous system. The national competition of all four divisions of this system are held at the same time. Ms. United States has the opportunity to travel to appearances and photoshoots as well as many other opportunities during her reign.

Qualifications to Enter Ms Division: 25-39
Fee: Not listed
Phases of Competition: Personal Interview Swimwear Onstage Question Evening Gown

 

Top 10 International Pageants of 2014

10. Miss Supranational

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

9. Miss Tourism International

Being as the 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

8. World Miss University

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

World Miss University titleholders

7. Miss Globe International

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

Miss Globe International after crowning

6. International Junior Miss

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

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2014 International Junior Miss Royalty  

5. Miss Galaxy

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

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Miss Galaxy titleholders

4. Miss International

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

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Miss International after her crowning

 3. Miss Earth

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

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Miss Earth during her crowning moment

2. Miss World

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

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The reigning Miss World, Rolene Strauss

 1. Miss Universe

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

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The reigning Miss Universe, Gabriela Isler

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10. Miss American Coed

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

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Miss American Coed 2014 with another contestant

9. International Junior Miss

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

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2014 International Junior Miss Teen

8. Miss Collegiate America

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

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Former Miss Collegiate America

7. USA National Miss

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

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2013 USA National Miss titleholders

6. Miss America's Outstanding Teen

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

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Olivia McMillan, Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2015

5. Miss Teen USA

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

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Miss Teen USA 2014 after her crowning

4. Miss USA

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

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Miss USA 2014, Nia Sanchez shortly after crowning

3. Miss America

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

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Kira Kazantsev right after her Miss America 2015 crowning

2. Miss United States

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

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Miss United States 2014 crowning moment

1. National American Miss

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

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Newly crowned National American Miss

 

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10. Miss America’s Outstanding Teen

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

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Miss America's Outstanding Teen, Leah Sykes

9. Miss Earth

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

8. Miss World

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

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Miss World, Megan Young

7. USA Ambassador

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

6. Miss American Coed

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

5. National American Miss

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

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National American Miss Teen, Rachel Major

4. Miss United States

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

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Miss United States 2013, Candiace Dillard

3. Miss America

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

Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan. Photo: Miss America Organization

2. Miss USA

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

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Miss USA, Erin Brady

1. Miss Universe

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

Miss Universe 2013, Gabriela Isler

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