FAQs

What are the eligibility requirements for entering the California USA Events?


If you are single, never married, never given birth to or have adopted a child, a United States citizen, a resident of the state of California for a minimum of three months, or a full-time student enrolled in a California School, and you are born in the years 1993-2006 you are eligible to apply to be a Miss or Teen Hometown USA Delegate for the upcoming 2021 event.




Are there any height or weight requirements to compete?


No. There are no required height, weight or specific measurements that qualify you to compete. The judges are looking for body proportion, good physical health and personality.




How many delegates will be selected to represent hometowns throughout the year?


The number of delegates varies each year, but is restricted to a maximum number depending on hotel and theatre capacity constraints. Delegates are selected based on area of representation, responses to the application questionnaire, and eligibility. You can nominate a delegate as well as apply.




What happens after I submit my photo & information?


After your photo and application is received it is reviewed by our committee. If you are accepted to participate in our organization, the registration materials will be sent to you.




What are the costs?


Each delegate is responsible for paying a registration and a sponsorship fee, which covers the production of competition weekend, meals during the event and all related activities. We will provide you with information to help secure sponsorship to cover 100% of the costs. You may elect to cover 100% of your fees through fundraising efforts, and we do not cap the amount of money you can raise for your 'Road to the Crown' expenses.




Where/how can I secure sponsors?


Sponsorship can help defray the costs associated with entry fee, wardrobe, etc. Sponsors can include, but are not limited to your family, friends, local businesses, sororities, organizations and clubs, schools, etc. You may secure sponsors from anywhere in or out of state. Take this opportunity to perfect your communications skills. Many local businesses will be supportive when you share your goals with them. If selected, you will receive Official Delegate paperwork to help secure sponsorship. It is possible to not incur any out of pocket expenses.




Do I have to spend a lot of money on my wardrobe?


Rehearsal clothes are casual, and event clothing is your personal style. Shop your wardrobe first, before heading out to a store. What IS important is to select outfits that you feel confident in, that best suits your body type and personality, and reflects who you wish to be seen as in the world. For the competition wardrobe, your personal choice of a gown spans from simple to more elaborate. Many girls use a prom gown they loved wearing, or borrow a dress. PLEASE NOTE: It is never the gown that the judges are scoring; it’s the young woman wearing the gown. We provide our sponsors information to you as a resource. Ultimately it is your personal choice what you wear.




What is the scoring criteria for the competition phases?


1/3 Interview, 1/3 Physical Fitness, 1/3 Evening Gown Interview-You will appear before the selection committee in a private setting for a three minute interview. The Selection Committee will use this opportunity to consider your personality, and overall presence. They will discuss items directly from your interview form that you previously completed. This is your chance to express your opinions, ability to communicate, and overall sense of self. You may be asked questions regarding your family, education, hobbies, occupation, community involvement, goals, like and dislikes. ALL Interviews are conversational. During the on stage interview competition, the Selection Committee os looking for the same qualities and also how you handle speaking in front of an audience. Swimsuit scores are assessed on overall physical fitness, beauty, poise and if you demonstrate a healthy lifestyle. Physical measurements are not considered. Evening Gown segment will focus on stage presence, confidence, elegance, poise, overall appearance, and sense of fashion and style.




Can anyone assist me with hair and make-up during the event?


Only Official Staff is allowed in the dressing room or backstage during the competition weekend. There will be chaperones and theatre dressers in the dressing rooms to assist you with some of your wardrobe changes. As Miss California USA or Miss California Teen USA, you must do your own make 98% of the time for personal appearances. We provide every delegate education and information as to what is 'stage' makeup, and what is 'interview' makeup.




Are tattoos or body piercings allowed?


Tattoos and piercing are a statement of your individuality, and it is up to you whether you choose to show them. If you feel that it may be offensive, you may want to cover it, however that is your personal choice. Many former titleholders at every level of compeititon have tattoos.




What happens if I should win and how much time is involved?


There are certain responsibilities that accompany the privilege of becoming a state USA titleholder. We understand the importance of school and family and will make every effort to schedule appearances around those priorities. Appearances includes speaking engagements, modeling, charity events, galas, trade shows, etc. The biggest commitment is your responsibility to represent our state in the national MISS USA or MISS TEEN USA pageant. This can vary from a one to three week trip. Each titleholder has the opportunity to create the year of her dreams in collaboration with our staff.




Does registration secure my participation in the program?


Registration secures your participation and allows us to assign your Hometown Title and order your Official Delegate Sash, add you to our Private Delegate Facebook page and send out the Delegate Handbook. As a registered delegate you represent our Miss Universe Organization at the local level, and may not affiliate any other pageant, pageant event, or pageant director with your sash and crown. You may only wear our crown with our sash. The Miss Universe Organization is a global brand, and Miss USA and Miss California USA, and Miss California Teen USA are all owned by the same entity.




Do you have any preliminary events to the State competition?


We do not have ANY preliminary events for the State competition. All applications are reviewed for eligibility, interest, location, and ambitions or achievements. Selections are made once this review has been completed, and you are notified by email. You may schedule a call once you have received your notification. If you have any questions, please contact Staff@MissCaliforniaUSA.com.




How do I get in contact with the California USA organization if I have more questions?


You can email additional questions to staff@misscaliforniausa.com. We attempt to respond as soon as possible to all questions.





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