How to Apply
It's easy! Start your journey by contacting one of the local pageants on the right side of this page. Read over the rules and regulations to see if you qualify. Email the local director for an application.
Rules & Regulations
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Compete first for one of our local titles as your stepping stone to Miss VA.
To compete in a local pageant a contestant must fulfill the following requirements:
- A contestant must be born female.
- A contestant must be a U.S. citizen.
- A contestant must have never been married.
- A contestant must be a resident of city/town/state for a least six months preceding the date of the local pageant in which she wishes to compete OR must have fulfilled eligibility requirements by educational status or employment.
- A contestant must have never performed any act or engaged in any activity or employment that is or could reasonably be characterized as dishonest, immoral, or indecent.
- A contestant must be between the ages of 17-24 years of age. A high school graduate and no older than twenty-four (24) years of age on December 30, 2018 (for Miss America 2019).
- A contestant must be of good moral character and never have been pregnant and is not now pregnant nor the adoptive parent of any child and has not been involved at any time in any act of moral turpitude.
- A contestant, other than minor or petty offenses, must never have been convicted of any criminal offense and there are no criminal charges presently pending against her.
- Must be a high school graduate or have successfully completed the G.E.D. testing program for high school equivalency or have successfully completed the academic requirements for entry into a four-year college/ university degree program by July 30th immediately preceding the National Finals.
- A contestant must be in good health and can participate fully and without limitation in any program activities.
- A contestant must participate in actual competition in a local pageant within the year immediately preceding her competition in the state pageant and be certified the winner of that local.
- A contestant must not use or consume any illegal controlled dangerous substances or abuse the use of alcohol or other dangerous substances.
- Contestants are prohibited from directly or indirectly associating in any way with, or participating (including without limitation by becoming a contestant, judge, performer or participant) in any way in, the promotion or conduct of any other local, state, regional, national or international competition of a nature similar to the Miss America competition.
- Prior to an immediate family member competing, State and Local Board Members and Volunteers cannot serve in any capacity within the licensed state and must have formally resigned at least six (6) months prior to the time that a member of his or her immediate family competes at any level.
*More specific requirements are outlined in the contestant contract, available from local pageant directors upon request.
Areas of competition
Private Interview - 25%
The private interview is 10 minutes long: 9 min 30 seconds of open questions and 30 seconds at the end for the contestant to make statements on issues/subjects that she wants the judges to know about that has not been previously discussed. If discussion ends before the 30 seconds are up, then the interview ends. A podium will be used. The contestant may stand behind it, or on either side of it, but not in front of it.
Talent – 30%
Talent will be a maximum of 90 seconds. Any talent presentation under 90 seconds is unacceptable. Talent may not consist of more than two songs from any one piece or medley of songs. Nothing longer will be accepted, and this will be strictly enforced! Contestants should plan a performance that will not exceed this limit. Judges will be informed immediately if a contestant runs over her allotted time. Each judge will then use this information to assist in determining his/her score of the contestant’s talent competition. Judging of talent will also take into consideration the qualities and attributes of Miss Local.
Lifestyle & Fitness in Swimsuit – 10%
Two-piece swimsuits are allowed on the local level and should be in good taste. No thongs are permitted. No hose will be worn. DO NOT use oil on body. Lotions may be used. This is the responsibility of the local pageant committee. It is up to the discretion of the local pageant committee to decide if the contestant wears shoes during this phase of competition. The Lifestyle & Fitness in swimsuit is designed to see how well the contestant maintains a lifestyle of good physical health, whether she meets the public expectation of a titleholder, and whether or not she has the confidence needed to be a titleholder. The contestant’s drive, energy and presence are to be likewise considered.
Evening Gown – 15%
Evening wear should express a sense of style and appropriateness for young women ages 17 to 24. The Evening Wear phase of competition is designed for the judge to assess the contestant’s beauty, poise, grace, and commanding stage presence. The contestant’s total look is considered. Her evening wear (not the value of the evening wear) should complement the contestant’s individuality. It is permissible to wear cocktail dresses, evening pant suits, or long gowns.
On Stage Question – 20%
Two on-stage questions will be given. The first question will be a light question followed by a question from either the interview or her platform (if she has one). The contestant’s answer will be scored.
*Before starting any phase of competition, the judges must read and understand all six parts of the Affidavit before signing it. This is for the protection of the local organization.
Children's Miracle Network
The Miss America Organization and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals share a commitment to raise awareness and funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country as well as the Miss America Scholarship Program. This partnership creates the following opportunities for contestants and Miss America titleholders:
- Miss America acts as a goodwill ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals throughout her year of service, and Miss Virginia serves as Virginia’s goodwill ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
- Miss America contestants at all levels raise money and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the Miss America Scholarship Program.
- Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is the national platform for the Miss America Organization.
- The tradition of the personal platform continues and contestants, and titleholders can raise awareness for their chosen advocacy cause.
Each contestant at the local level must raise $100.00 with a cap of $400.
Each contestant at the state level must raise $500.00.
Contestants can set up individual donation pages at www.missamerica4kids.org