FAQ

Frequently asked Questions

You could be a contestant in the 2015 Preliminary pageant which leads to MISS CALIFORNIA USA® or MISS CALIFORNIA TEEN USA® state pageants.

HOW DO I BECOME A CONTESTANT?

The Preliminary pageant which leads to MISS CALIFORNIA USA® or MISS CALIFORNIA TEEN USA® local pageants are open to all young women who meet the eligibility requirements (see requirement list below).  NO experience IS REQUIRED!!!

How do I sign up?

Click the “Apply Now” link on this website to submit your information for consideration to our office.  An authorized representative will call you to conduct an interview.

Is there an entry fee?

Yes, there is an entry fee to participate in the preliminary pageant please contact the pageant headquarters to obtain more information. This fee includes a free optional 6 week Beauty Boot camp training which includes make-up and hair instruction, application & on-stage question guidance, walking techniques, red carpet events and community service opportunities. Contestants are responsible for their own expenses traveling to and from pageant. Tickets for your family and friends to the pageant shows are not included in this fee and will be sold by the theater box office or eventbite as the pageant approaches.

What do I win?

Miss & Teen Titleholders Win:

  •  A modeling and acting contract with T&R Model and Talent Agency

  •  $1000 towards state entry to state pageant & $500.00 cash for Miss Los Angeles County USA®  & Miss Calabasas USA®

  •  $5,000.00 Cash Award for Miss Central Coast USA®  $1,750.00 Full Entry Fee to Miss California USA®  for Miss Central Coast USA®

  •  Gown Gift Certificate from Miss Congeniality Boutique

  •  Official Swimsuit Gift Certificate

  •  Official Crown and Banner

  •  Free Pageant Coaching/Styling

  •  Austrian Crystal Jewelry

  •  Spokesmodel for Sirok Swimwear

  •  Cocktail Dress

  •  JustFAB Sponsorship

  •  Spokesmodel for Hair Extension Sponsor

  •  Ambassador for Beauties & Athletes to Bullying

  •  Eye Lash Sponsor

  •  Facial Sponsor

  •  Spray Tanning Sponsor

  •  Hair Sponsor

  •  Waxing sponsor

  •  Make-up Artist Instructions

  •  Official Titleholder photo-shoots

The opportunity of a lifetime to represent your region at the state Miss California USA® and Miss California Teen USA® pageants in addition to numerous other prizes and memories to last a lifetime.

What do I win?

Mrs. & Ms. Prizes titleholders win:

  •  A modeling and acting contract with T&R Model and Talent Agency

  • $1895 entry into National Pageant for Mrs. California Globe

  • Air-fair to National Pageant

  • $695.00 for Mrs./Ms. Los Angeles County entry into Mrs. & Ms. California Globe®

  • Free Pageant Coaching/Styling

  • Official Crown and Banner

  • Austrian Crystal Jewelry

  • Spokesmodel for Sirok Swimwear

  • Lashes & Skin care Sponsor

  • Spray Tanning

  • Cocktail Dress

  • JustFAB Sponsorship

  • Ambassador for Beauties & Athletes to Bullying

 

 JUDGING & CRITERIA

How is the Pageant judged?

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

Is there a talent portion of the competition?

No, there is no performing talent required.  There are three equally scored categories, including interview, evening gown, and swimwear.

Are you only looking for perfect “10’s”?

Absolutely not! Whether you’re 4 foot tall or 7 foot tall it doesn’t matter. In the swimsuit portion of the competition, the judges will be looking for physical fitness, which includes a healthy and fit body. There’s usually a wide range of body styles and types for the Top 10 Finalists each year. We’re looking for outgoing, intelligent, confident, attractive young women excited to represent different regions of California.

Do I have to be a “Pageant Girl” to enter?

Not at all, in fact most of our contestants are newcomers to pageants and many state titleholders were first time competitors at the state pageant.

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

Absolutely not! Each contestant in our pageant is an individual and the judges are looking for body proportion and personality, not a specific body measurement.

SPONSORSHIP

How does “Sponsorship” work?

Collecting sponsorship is very important. It takes a time commitment on your part. You start with a list of potential sponsors such as friends and family members and their employers, etc. If you are in need of a sponsor How To packet one can be e-mailed to you in order to assist with this process. We encourage you to

  • Plan your strategy
  • Schedule appointments to collect your sponsorships
  • Explain your goals and desire to improve yourself by participating in this local event
  • Community service opportunities

This will be extremely beneficial in developing your communication skills, confidence and community awareness. This is an essential characteristic to have if you’re going to be the next local and state titleholder.
Our goal is for contestants to collect 100% of the sponsorship fee. This is a tax-deductible advertising expense for those businesses that assist you with sponsorship. If you work hard on collecting sponsorship, it is possible that you will not incur any expenses out of pocket. In addition, hard working contestants receive material item sponsorships, such as a dress, tanning, a haircut, etc.

What if I raise more sponsorship money than the required sponsorship fee?

If you raise more money than required for your entry fee you may use the extra funds to cover any additional expenses associated with the pageant.  Extra sponsorship money above the entry fee amount should be paid by the sponsor(s) directly to the contestant.


 

GENERAL QUESTIONS

If I win, will it interfere with school?

We make school the number one priority! Our program only encourages your success! Almost all of your appearances, celebrity events, and charity work will take place during the weekend and will be scheduled in advance.

I have to spend too much on outfits!

Not true. You do not need to spend fortunes on swimwear, an interview outfit, and an evening gown. It is most important to find outfits that you will feel confident in and that best suit you and your personality. The personal choice of gowns have spanned from simple, elegant to hand beaded.

But it is never the gown that the judges are scoring; it’s the young women wearing it. Again, several contestants have been able to secure a gown sponsor to assist them.

What happens if I can’t get my registration materials in before the deadlines?

Deadlines are very important to us in order to make timely program preparations. However, we realize that unexpected circumstances can arise and that the collection of sponsorship may take longer than expected.  If you need an extension, please call or email the pageant headquarters.

How do my family and friends get tickets to attend the pageant?

Ticket information will be listed on the website once they have been set.

What should my family and friends wear to the pageant?

We recommend anything from business casual to formalwear for the pageant.

PAGEANT ELIGIBILITY

MISS CONTESTANTS

  • Must be at least 18 and under 27 years of age on February 1, 2015. This is your age at the time you compete at the national competition in 2015 – not your age at the time of the PRELIMIARY competition.
  • Must never have participated in a previous national MISS USA Pageant.
  • May only compete in one MISS USA State Pageant (including the District of Columbia) per pageant year.

 

MISS TEEN CONTESTANTS

  • Must be at least 14 and under 19 years of age as of February 1, 2015. This is your age at the time you compete at the national competition in 2015 – not your age at the time of the PRELIMIARY competition.
  • Must never have participated in a previous national MISS TEEN USA Pageant.
  • May only compete in one MISS TEEN USA State Pageant (including the District of Columbia) per pageant year.

 

MS Contestants

  • Must be at least 27 – 50 February 1, 2015. You may be married, divorced, or have a child. This is your age at the time you compete at the national competition in 2015 – not your age at the time of the PRELIMIARY competition.

MRS CONTESTANTS

  • Must be MARRIED at least 20 – 50 February 1, 2015. This is your age at the time you compete at the national competition in 2015 – not your age at the time of the PRELIMIARY competition.

 


 

ALL CONTESTANT’S COMPETING FOR Local Pageants

  • Must not be married, never have been married, and never have had a marriage annulled. Must never have given birth to a child, cannot be pregnant or be a parent.
  • Must be of good health and moral character.
  • Must be a female citizen of the United States and at least one of the following must be true:
  • (1) Must now reside in their state as their permanent and primary residence for a period of at least six (6) months immediately prior to the beginning of their state pageant (although they may have attended college or University elsewhere); or
  • (2) Must have resided in their state as a full-time student at a college or university for one entire semester immediately prior to the beginning of their state pageant, and they are continuing to reside in their state as a full-time student (although they may have spent or be spending the summer in another state).
  • Must agree, that if selected to represent the preliminary in the MISS CALIFORNIA USA® or MISS CALIFORNIA TEEN USA® Pageant, they will participate in that pageant, and will abide by all the rules and regulations governing that pageant. If they win the MISS CALIFORNIA USA® or MISS CALIFORNIA TEEN USA® Pageant, they must agree to participate in the MISS USA® AND MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT, and to abide by the rules and regulations governing that pageant.
  • No contestant or any member of their immediate family can be employed by Miss Universe L.P. LLLP, any State Director in the MISS USA and/or MISS TEEN USA Pageant system, NBC Inc., or any of its subsidiaries, Ernst & Young, or any of its subsidiaries, Donald J. Trump, Trump Pageants Inc., The Trump Organization, NBC, or any of their subsidiaries or affiliated or related companies. (If contestant or any member of their immediate family is employed by any of the foregoing or any firm or corporation controlled or affiliated with any of them, then they must notify the state director immediately, in writing, so that their eligibility may be determined.
  • Must agree that if they win or succeed to the state level title or the national title of MISS USA or MISS TEEN USA, they will not participate in any other pageants during the time they hold any of these titles, unless authorized in writing by Miss Universe L.P. LLLP.
  • Must be willing to release, unconditionally and forever, any claim against Miss Universe L.P. LLLP, Its parent and affiliated or related companies and their respective officers, directors, partners, employees, agents and assigns, which they may have by virtue of their participation in their state pageant, or by any use of their name, likeness, voice, and/or biography in connection with their state pageant, including use in promotional and advertising material.
  • Must understand and agree that all issues as to eligibility shall be determined by Miss Universe, L.P. LLLP, and they must agree to abide by that determination both as to themselves and other applicants.

 

 

 If you are single (never married, never had a child), a United States citizen, a resident of the state of California, and meet the age requirements*..