Miss Contestant Eligibility

Eligibility Requirements (Miss)

In order to meet age eligibility requirements to compete in local competitions for the 2019 State Competition, a contestant must be at least 17 years of age and her birth year can be no earlier than 1994.

  • At least 17 years old at the time of the local pageant (See statement below by the Miss America Organization)
  • If you're between the ages of 13 and 17, you can compete for Miss Texas Outstanding Teen.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • No more than 24 years old on December 31th of the year of the Miss America national finals
  • High school graduate or successfully completed G.E.D. by State Pageant date
  • Female, never married, and have never had any children
  • Meet residency requirements for competing in your first local pageant as noted below
  • Meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss America Organization
  • Be able to meet the time commitment responsibilities as set forth by the local or state program in which you compete.


Age Eligibility Requirements Update!
The Miss America Organization's contestant age eligibility requirements are based on a calendar year, not a pageant cycle, and remains unchanged. In order to be eligible to compete in a local or state competition, a contestant cannot be older than twenty-five (25) years of age on December 31st the year she could be chosen to represent her state in the National Finals.

Residency Requirements (Miss)

Contestants must have residency in the state in which they compete for 6 months prior to competing in their first local pageant. Residency is defined as the primary address where you physically live. Verification of residency includes a driver license, automobile registration, property mortgage or lease in your name, tax filings, etc.

Not a resident of Texas? You might be eligible in your home state...

Areas of Competition (Miss)

  • Talent of Your Choice 30%
  • Private Interview with Panel of Judges 25%
  • Onstage Question 20%
  • Onstage Evening Wear 15%
  • Onstage Lifestyle and Fitness 10%

Children's Miracle Network (Miss)

Each contestant must raise a minimum of $100 for the "Children's Miracle Network" (CMN) to compete in a Miss Texas local pageant. If you compete in more than one local pageant, you must raise a minimum of $100 for each local pageant you enter up to a total of $400. Once you have raised a total of $400, you are not required to raise more money and can enter as many local pageants for which you qualify in the current pageant year. However, the $400 is just a minimum; you may raise more money for CMN if you wish to do so.To administer the CMN fundraising, each contestant must do the following:

  1. Create your personal web page on the CMN web site at this link:
    http://www.missamericaforkids.org/
  2. Raise the required funds for CMN.
  3. Print out proof of money raised to bring with you to the local pageant. If you are personally donating to CMN by check, please make the check out to CMN.

If you are interested in receiving more information about becoming a contestant in the Miss America system, please contact us.

Eligibility - Teen Contestants

Eligibility Requirements 

These scholarships are awarded based on the performance of the competitors and her platform.

To compete you must:

  • Must be at least thirteen (13) years of age on the first day of the State Competition in which she competes; and must not be older than seventeen (17) years of age as of July 31st in the calendar year of the State Competition in which she competes, unless she is 18 years old and has not graduated from high school as of July 31st in the calendar year of the State Competition in which she competes.Be a young lady between the ages of 13 and 17.
  • For the avoidance of doubt, 13 to 17 year old high-school graduates, as well as 18 year old non-graduates as of July 31st, must compete at MAOTeen level.
  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Meet residency requirements for competing in a certain town or state.
  • Meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen Organization.
  • Be in reasonably good health to meet the job requirements.
  • Be able to meet the time commitment and responsibilities as set forth by the local program in which you compete.
  • Must not be eligible to compete in the Miss America Competition.


Contestants in Miss Texas's Outstanding Teen program can compete by winning a local Outstanding Teen title in one of the official local pageants throughout Texas. 

Residency Requirements (Teen)

Contestants must have residency in the state in which they compete for 6 months prior to competing in their first local pageant. Residency is defined as the primary address where you physically live. You may be asked to present proof of residency of you have recently moved.

Not a resident of Texas? You might be eligible in your home state...

Areas of Competition and Criteria (Teen)

Areas of competition include:

  • Judges Interview (8 minutes)
  • Talent (90 seconds)
  • Fitness Routine
  • Evening Gown/On Stage Question and Academic Achievement

Each contestant must also have a service platform they will advocate during their year of service. 

Judging Criteria for the Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen Pageant
There are five areas of competition for the Miss Texas Outstanding Teen Pageant. They are as follows:

  • Judges Interview (8 minutes)
  • Talent (90 seconds)
  • Fitness Routine
  • Evening Gown/On Stage Question and Academic Achievement

Each contestant must also have a service platform they will advocate during their year of service. 

Private Interview (25% of total score)
Interviews are 8 minutes with no opening or closing statements. There are typically 5 to 7 judges on a panel, and the interview is press style, with the contestant standing at a podium. Contestants are questioned on their background as presented on their fact sheet, their educational and career goals, and their interests, hobbies and extracurricular activities. Scoring is based on overall communication skills, including personality, intelligence, validated opinions, emotional control, overall first impression and personal appearance. Can the judge envision the public and especially young people being positively impacted by meeting this young woman?

Talent (35% of total score)
Contestants will perform a talent of 90 Seconds. 
Nothing longer will be accepted, and this time limit is strictly enforced! Judges will be informed immediately if a contestant exceeds 90 seconds. Each judge will then use this information to assist in determining his/her score of the contestant’s talent competition. Scoring is based on contestant's skill and personality, interpretive ability, technical skill level, stage presence and the totality of all elements, including costume, props, voice, use of body and choreography. Will the judge be proud that he or she selected this young woman when she performs her talent if she is selected as the titleholder?  Did the judge enjoy the presentation?

Evening Wear/On-Stage Question  (25 % of total score)
Each contestant appears onstage in a gown of her own choosing, representative of what she would wear to a prom or other formal event. Dresses should be appropriate for a TEEN. High slits and plunging necklines are not acceptable. The objective is to evaluate the contestant's ability to think on her feet and answer a question of general interest to people her age. Overall “first impression”; sense of confidence, composure, and poise; personality and stage presence; walk, carriage, posture, and beauty; sense of style and age-appropriateness of the evening wear are evaluated.  Does she take command of the stage by simply walking onto it?  Can she handle the pressure of speaking on stage in front of an audience?  Judges must give special attention to whether or not she answered the question she was asked, and did she have the ability to make the audience want to listen to her?  The contestant’s total look, grace, charm, and ability as a spokesperson and role model must be considered.

Lifestyle and Fitness (15% of total score)

Contestants will model fitness wear for this portion of the competition. The fitness wear should consist of black cheerleading shorts or hot shorts with a minimum of a 3”  inseam. Please pair a sports bra of your choice with the shorts. Please keep it modern and stylish. Please do not add sparkle or bling to the sports bra. We want to see the contestant and not the top. Bright colors are fine but please no bling. Shoes/socks and accessories such as hair bows and earrings are of the contestant’s choosing. The Lifestyle and Fitness competition is designed to determine the level of fitness of the contestant and to obtain a glimpse into her daily routine and lifestyle.  The contestant’s drive, energy, and presence are to be likewise considered.
 

Miss Contestant Paperwork

All contestants must submit an application by August 3rd in order to compete. Contestant order will be based upon when the application and paperwork is received, along with the completion of the CMN donation. Additional information will be e-mailed to contestants after submitting their application and CMN donation. Please e-mail completed application files to scott@missdallas.org by August 3rd

 

Teen Contestant Paperwork

All contestants must submit an application by August 3rd in order to compete. Contestant order will be based upon when the application and paperwork is received. Additional information will be e-mailed to contestants after submitting their application and entry fee. Please e-mail completed application files to scott@missdallas.org by August 3rd. Teen contestants must submit an entry fee of $125 and may complete this by clicking here.

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Princess Program

Join us for the Miss Dallas & Miss Park Cities Princess Camp Program! Miss Texas 2018, Madison Fuller, is the first Lone Star Princess to become Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen and now Miss Texas. We hope your Princess will follow in her footsteps and be the role model of tomorrow!

The Princess Program was established to promote early involvement in the Miss America program. It is designed as a mentoring opportunity and gives young girls a chance to learn more about what being a local or state titleholder involves, including community service, public speaking and being an ambassador in their community.  Dallas Princess Camp participants cannot be older than 12 years by the date of the Miss Texas Pageant next July. All Princess Camp participants will have the opportunity to participate in a production number during our pageant and will join contestants during the Evening Gown competitions.  Princesses that sign up under a certain contestant will be paired with that contestant during Evening Gown. If a princess does not know a miss/teen contestant then, a princess will be assigned to a contestant.

Participants will

  • Engage in activities to build stage presence and confidence

  • Receive a t-shirt and 1 Priority Ticket for a parent to the Miss Dallas - Miss Park Cities Pageant

  • Meet Texas and Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen along with other special guests

  • Escort a contestant on-stage during Evening Gown/EG and On-stage question competition

  • Appear on-stage with the 2019 contestants and take photographs with newly crowned winners

 

Participants should plan to arrive by 12 pm in casual clothes, and bring a party dress of their choice for the pageant that evening. Most princess camp participants will wear white dresses. A logistics memo will be sent out prior to check in on Saturday.