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BECOMING A CONTESTANT
Miss Earth USA is an official preliminary to MISS EARTH, a Top 3 international pageant. Female delegates age 5-59, who are US citizens, may be selected through a state pageant, casting or appointed title. You need not have previous pageant experience to participate. All delegates must first submit an application through the national office. APPLY NOW
How do I apply to become a delegate?
CLICK HERE to view and complete the short application. Please use the second form for application submission. A representative will reply within 48 hours. All contestants must submit a national application to qualify for their state pageant or to be considered for an appointed state title.
What titles are available that qualify for the national pageant?
In 2020, we will be awarding state titles and a select number of regional titles. For a complete list of available titles, please Contact Us! All candidates must be US citizens and currently unmarried (excluding Mrs.). Candidates in the Miss & Teen divisions must be never married, never given birth and not currently pregnant. Age valid as of December 31, 2020..
Miss Division (Age 18-28) - Progresses to MISS EARTH. May not turn 29 during the year 2021
Teen Division (Age 13-18) - Progresses to Teen international competition
Elite Division (Age 26-38) - Progresses to Ms. international competition
Mrs. Division (Age 21-58) - Progresses to Mrs. international competition
In 2020, Junior Ambassadors (Age 5-14) have the option to compete via a virtual national pageant. See Junior Ambassador details
Are you holding state pageants?
Yes! Delegates must live, attend school or work in the state of competition at the time of the state contest. See pageant schedule
Delegates representing other states and regions will be selected through a casting or application and invitation to hold a title. Please submit a Contact form to learn more about appointment opportunities.
What is a regional title?
Regional titles are equal to state titles and are offered to exceptional delegates when their state title has already been awarded. Available regional titles include East Coast, Grand Canyon, Great Lakes, Great Plains, Gulf Coast, Midatlantic, Midwest, New England, Northeast, Northwest, Rocky Mountains, Southeast, Southwest, West Coast.
When is the last day to apply for a 2020 appointed title?
The last day to apply for an appointed state or regional title is November 1, 2020. State pageants follow their own set of deadlines. We encourage you to apply as early as possible to be able to plan accordingly for the national pageant.
Is the application fee refundable?
YES UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS. Refund requests must be requested in writing. Please do not conduct a charge back via your credit card or PayPal. Refunds will be granted under the following conditions:
Application fee for a state pageant may be refunded up to four (4) weeks prior to the scheduled state pageant.
Application fee for an appointed state title may be refunded if the applicant is NOT offered a state title.
Application fee for an appointed state title may be refunded if the applicant declines a state title within one (1) week of offer date.
What fees are required?
MRS., MISS, TEEN & ELITE: If you are entering a state pageant, these fees are mostly covered by your state program. National winners in each of these divisions receive all-expense paid trips to represent the USA at international competition, as well as other prizes.
$600 appointed title (payment plans and pay in full discount available)
$45-$135 purchase of official sash from The Sash Company at (two styles available)
$235 wardrobe including custom designer dress, earrings, tote bag & logo apparel
CHARITABLE FUNDRAISING: Each delegate is required to participate in the charitable giving campaign and raise at minimum $250 for the official Miss Earth USA 501c3 organization. Participation enters the delegate into giving contests, with prizes including scholarship, automatic placement in pageant finals, round trip airfare to attend a Miss Earth USA mission trip.
Are there ad page requirements?
We do not require ad pages. Delegates may purchase full or half page ad space if she chooses, with order deadline of November 10. Program books are commemorative pieces for contestants, and also keep guests and judges informed of events, names, titles of the contestants and reigning queens. They can be valuable advertisement space for businesses as they are viewed and retained by hundreds of patrons for years. Full page advertisements are $300 per page or $200 for a half page. Purchasing an ad page does not include show tickets or vendor space. Ad pages are printed in full color, 8.5" width x 11" height (plus 1/4 inch bleed). Images submitted for an ad page must be high resolution, 300 dpi, JPG files. Contact us to submit an ad page at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do the national winners receive?
Each national title holder (Miss, Elite, Teen & Mrs.) will represent the USA at her international competition, with training, travel, lodging and wardrobe provided. These national delegates are invited on international and domestic travel opportunities, receive gifts from sponsors such as apparel, jewelry, photography and more. Winners will appear as environmental ambassadors and will return to the following year's national pageant to crown successors.
The winner of Miss Earth USA will receive the opportunity of a lifetime to represent the United States of America at Miss Earth, one of the planet's top international pageants. The Miss Earth experience includes an all-expense paid four week visit to the Miss Earth host country (typically the Philippines) and appearance on the internationally televised Miss Earth finals. She will be trained, outfitted, groomed and prepared extensively during the months prior to Miss Earth. Her one-year reign will include many travel opportunities to appear in the media, support environmental causes and represent the Miss Earth brand. Should she be named Miss Earth, she will receive a salary, travel to multiple countries, appear in endorsements, and will join the legacy of famous global environmental ambassadors.
Mrs. USA Earth, Teen Miss Earth USA and Elite Miss Earth USA will compete at an international contest, including an all-expense paid four to five day event. Titleholders will receive travel, lodging, training, styling and wardrobe for her international contest.
Will the pageant be televised or livestreamed?
Yes! Miss Earth USA and preliminary shows will be live webcast across the world and will be filmed and edited for television broadcast. If your network is interested in a partnership, please contact marketing.
JUDGING & CRITERIA
How is Miss Earth USA judged?
Judging criteria includes character, poise, confidence, personality, speaking, knowledge of world issues and especially environmental concerns. See SCORING INFORMATION for in-depth criteria.
Is there a talent portion of the competition?
No, there is no performing talent required. We do offer an optional talent video submission, inviting talent winners to perform at national pageant activities.
Is there a swimwear portion of the competition?
Yes, we are proud to offer the swimwear competition divisions of Miss, Elite, Teen & Mrs. The Miss Earth organization believes that the swimwear competition allows a young woman to strive for great health and positive energy, with scoring based on health, fitness and modeling skills, and supporting a variety of body types. Delegates may choose a one piece or two piece that suits their body type and style. They will use a sarong as well.
Are you only looking for perfect “10’s”?
Absolutely not! We’re looking for outgoing, intelligent, confident, attractive young women excited to represent their states and regions and ultimately, the United States of America.
Do I have to be a “Pageant Girl” to enter?
Not at all, in fact many of our contestants are newcomers to pageants.
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, personality, and modeling/walking ability, not a specific body measurement.
How does “Sponsorship” work?
Sponsorship is optional, yet highly recommended if you are seeking assistance in funding your pageant fees and giving campaign. All official delegates are provided a letter to solicit corporate or personal gifts toward the required charitable giving campaign. You should start with a list of potential sponsors such as friends and family members and their employers, etc. Plan your strategy, and make a plan to succeed! Schedule appointments to collect your sponsorship. When approaching potential sponsors, explain your goals, your desire to improve yourself by participating in Miss Earth USA, spreading awareness about key environmental concerns, obtaining academic scholarship opportunities and meeting other young women striving to represent "Beauties for a Cause." Let them know what your experience will entail. This will be extremely beneficial in developing your communication skills which is an essential characteristic to have if you’re going to be the next Miss Earth USA.
Our goal is for contestants to collect all of their entry fees and other expenses through sponsorship if needed. This is a tax-deductible advertising and marketing expense for those businesses that assist you with monetary donations. If you work hard on collecting sponsorship, it is possible that you will not incur any expenses out-of-pocket at all. In addition, hard working contestants can receive material item sponsorship, such as a dress, tanning, a free haircut, etc.
What if I raise more sponsorship money than the required entry 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 but may not receive cash back from the pageant. All sponsorship monies should be paid by the sponsor(s) directly to the delegate, so funds may be applied where necessary.
What should I do if a sponsor gives me cash for my entry fee?
If you receive cash contributions for your entry fee, you may put that money into a money order or send a personal check. See the Fee Schedule for details (you receive this with your acceptance letter). Please DO NOT send cash through the mail at any time. If your cash collected exceeds the entry fee for the state pageant, then you do not have to send the additional cash to the national office. If you wish, you may purchase an additional ad page in the program book for any sponsorship overages, pay for professional hair and make-up services by our back-stage team, pay for the photo package, or purchase a hotel room for your stay.
MARKETING & APPEARANCES
As a titleholder, can I support causes other than environmental awareness?
Yes! As a Miss Earth USA titleholder, you are encouraged to support any and all the causes that are of meaning to you. The organization will plan a few national environmental awareness campaigns throughout the year such as Earth Day and will share ways for delegates to get involved in their communities.
Are there any rules regarding appearances?
Delegates are encouraged to make at least two appearances per month in their communities. Look at your community event board, contact your local environmental agencies, or partner with your sister queens to help find appearances together. We encourage each delegate to know their point of contact at each event and to attend appearances with a family member or friend. Delegates under the age of 21 should never make an appearance at a bar or any location where attendees must be of age. Delegates should plan appearance attire that is conservative and classy. When at appearances, it is sometimes not appropriate to wear the crown. Check with your appearance contact ahead of time if you are unsure. Always refrain from using your phone during appearances. Never give out your contact information during appearances. Be sure to post a photo from every appearance on social media and tag @missearthusa. It is always appreciated to write your appearance contact a letter of thanks after the event, whether it be handwritten or an email.
Can I create a titleholder social media account?
Delegates will be assigned their official Facebook fanpages, which should be used throughout the year to highlight their reigns. These pages remain the property of Miss Earth USA and will be transferred to the new delegate each year. Some state directors also have state branded Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat accounts that they loan to the titleholders. Account names should always accurately represent the title and include the year. Social media accounts should only contain language and images that are in good taste, that pertain to the delegate's duties within Miss Earth USA, and are always representative of the mission of MISS EARTH.
Will there be semi-finalists/finalists named?
The number of semi-finalists and finalists is subject to change. In years past, Miss Earth USA has named 12-20 semi-finalists per division. Semi-finalists will re-compete in runway, then 8-12 finalists per division will be named. Finalists will re-compete in swimwear and gown, and the Top 4 or 5 will conduct on-stage question. The new scores in each category will be added to preliminary scores, so all judging will continue to factor into determining the final rankings and winner. The Top 5 for Miss Earth USA will all receive a sash, crown, title and elemental queen prizes. For the divisions of Mrs., Elite and Teen, only one (1) winner receives a title, sash and crown.
If I am not named as a semi-finalist or finalist, will I still be in the pageant finals?
Absolutely. All contestants will participate in the finale opening number, an additional on-stage production number, as well as a parade of gowns and awards wearing evening gown. Non-finalists will receive awards such as Top Interview for a Non-Finalist. You will be on stage at many times during the pageant finals, even if you are not named as a semi-finalist or finalist.
What is the “Opening Number Dress” for?
At the beginning of preliminaries and the finale, each delegate will be introduced to the audience during an upbeat musical number. Delegates will not sing, and the choreographed moves are very easy; you do not need to be a dancer. Delegates will be provided images of the dress(es) in the months prior to the competition.
If I win, will it interfere with school or work?
Each contestant for the Miss division should be prepared to address how she will manage the major commitment required of the national titleholder during the fall semester. Most winners have found it necessary to adjust class and work schedules to meet these demands, usually with the support of friends, family and colleagues, who understand the importance of this once in a lifetime opportunity. Miss Earth USA will dedicate approximately four weeks in the fall to travel internationally to compete at Miss Earth (all expenses paid). If crowned Miss Earth, she will embark upon another exciting year traveling internationally, as dictated by Carousel Productions - the owners of Miss Earth. If she should not be crowned Miss Earth, the schedule of Miss Earth USA is very flexible upon her return, although many travel opportunities will remain available including charitable events, photo shoots and taking part in regional pageants.
Mrs., Elite and Teen expectations will be clearly outlined and planned in advance, with most required activities taking place on the weekends. For these divisions, we certainly make school and work number one priorities as you take home your crowns! Our titleholders have varying availability given school and work schedules, therefore we leave it up to that individual to do as much or as little during their reign as possible.
Am I allowed to compete in other pageants during my reign?
Once you have accepted a state title, you may not compete for other pageants through the national competition as not to conflict with your preparation for Miss Earth USA. National winners may not compete during their year of service for Miss Earth USA. Thereafter, state titles are not binding UNLESS you have won a state pageant. All state delegates sign an agreement stating that you will recruit for and attend the following year's regional or state pageant to crown your successor. Therefore, if you do receive another title during your reign, you will be expected to communicate to your new organization that you have outgoing duties. Some regional or state directors will offer a cash incentive for you to decline competitions so you may dedicate your entire year to Miss Earth USA and the growth of this organization.
Can you give me the color of the opening number dresses, stage, curtain, walking patterns, etc.?
When specific information is available, it will be communicated with all national contestants. Bear in mind that this information may change for each division and may be released to each division at various times.
Can you tell me what songs will be played during opening number/swim/evening gown, etc?
This information is decided in the final weeks as to remain current with the times, so contestants will learn this information during the national pageant.
What should I wear to rehearsals?
State sashes should be worn at all national activities. Rehearsal attire should be presentable, as photographs will be taken throughout the week; however, remember that you are not being judged during rehearsal and this is an opportunity to relax a bit. Some choose to wear a comfy leggings outfit, and some opt for a sassy fashionable outfit. You should bring competition shoes to rehearsals.
What wardrobe do I receive?
All delegates receive at least two sponsor logo shirts, logo tote bag, logo hat, ASHLEYlauren opening number and runway dress, earrings, and Pixton Design Group finalist swimwear. All delegates should provide their own rehearsal wear, interview attire, evening gown, preliminary swimsuit and sarong and other necessary wardrobe as detailed in your welcome packet.
Can you tell us who the judges will be? What if I know a judge?
Judges will be announced in the weeks prior to the pageant. Judges are required to sign a notarized document that judging will be based solely on the contestants' performance at the pageant and for no other reason. Therefore, if any judge knows or is familiar with a contestant, this will neither aid nor discount them in the scoring process. Miss Earth USA DOES provide contestant lists to the judges ahead of time, and major conflicts of interest may be considered in determining a judges' eligibility. Judges and delegates should refrain from communicating via phone, email, text, social media, and of course in person.
Can I receive scores after the pageant?
Beginning in 2020, we are utilizing Tally Genie score reporting to provide scores by request. The cost of request is $25 and will be available a few weeks after the conclusion of the pageant. Only in the Junior Ambassador pageant do we share judge feedback. Video will be made available to everyone at no cost, and we encourage you to watch the video to gain insight on your performance.
What happens if I can’t get my registration materials in before the deadlines?
Deadlines are very important in order to make timely program preparations. We realize that unexpected circumstances can arise, so please stay in communication with your Delegate Coordinator regarding your timeline. Please be advised that a late fee may be applied if materials or entry fees are turned in after the deadline.
Are there local titles available?
Yes! Please contact us to learn more about available local titles for ages 5-59.
How is the competition order determined?
The competition order will be alphabetically by state. Age divisions in all states compete together for each individual competition.
Do I need to bring or pay for meals during pageant week?
The host hotel provides many meal options on site. While we do not provide daily meals, we do provide ample time during the week for you to enjoy the host city with your family between rehearsals and contests. A pageant reception for delegates, friends and family will be included during pageant week. A detailed schedule will be provided in the weeks prior to the pageant, so you can plan ahead.
Is national lodging included?
Program fees do NOT include lodging during the national pageant activities UNLESS you win a state pageant and the director has indicated lodging is provided for state pageant winners. Delegates are required to stay at the host hotel, where interviews, meetings and all preliminary events are being held. This enables the delegate to stay with family, friends, your director, or alone. Family and friends will also be provided a reduced rate booking link. Delegates may contact their delegate coordinator or state director if they are interested in being matched with a roommate or roommates at the host hotel.
Will I have time to visit with my family and friends during pageant weekend?
There are many events and "free time" planned during the week for you to enjoy time with your family and friends. We ask guests to respect the contestant's official schedule and do not enter private areas and events such as rehearsals, interviews, and backstage. All that being said, competition can be a stressful time, so we do recommend you arrive early and/or stay longer in the host city to relax and enjoy the experience with your guests.
If my family or friends want to attend the pageant, where do they stay?
Family and friends are encouraged to stay at the host hotel, where interviews, meetings and all preliminary events are being held.
How do my family and friends get tickets to attend the pageant?
Ticket information will become available in the months prior to the pageant. Check back here or Facebook for ticketing information.
How many delegates compete at the pageant?
We expect approximately 50-60 delegates in the Miss division and 20-35 delegates in each of the supporting divisions.
What should my family and friends wear to the pageant?
We recommend anything from business casual to formalwear for preliminaries. The finale and any banquets scheduled call for formalwear. We advise your friends and family to dress as they would like to be photographed with you on stage when you win a national title!
FOR 2020 STATE TITLEHOLDERS COMPETING AT JANUARY 2021 NATIONALS
MISS EARTH USA CONTESTANTS (Ages 18-28) *Updated September 2020
Must be at least 18 and no older than 28 years of age on December 31, 2020
May not turn 29 prior during the year 2021
Never married, never given birth and not currently pregnant
Currently unmarried and remain unmarried throughout reign
TEEN MISS CONTESTANTS (Ages 13-18)
Must be at least 13 and no older than 19 years of age on July 1, 2021
Never married, never given birth and not currently pregnant
Currently unmarried and remain unmarried throughout reign
ELITE MISS CONTESTANTS (Ages 26-38)
Must be at least 26 and no older than 39 years of age on July 1, 2021
Currently unmarried and remain unmarried throughout reign
MRS. CONTESTANTS (Ages 21-58)
Must be at least 21 and no older than 59 years of age on July 1, 2021
Currently legally married and remain married throughout reign
JUNIOR AMBASSADORS (Ages 5-14)
Never married, never given birth and not currently pregnant
Can have never posed nude in print or other media
Must be a natural born female (excluding Elite division)
Must be a citizen of the United States
Must be of good moral and physical health
Must have never been convicted of a crime, nor served jail time
Must agree, that if selected to represent their state in the MISS EARTH USA Pageant, they will participate in that pageant, and will abide by all the rules and regulations governing that pageant, and will fund expenses required to participate.
Must agree, that if selected as Miss Earth USA to represent the USA at Miss Earth, she will participate in that pageant, and will abide by all the rules and regulations governing that pageant.
Must agree, that if selected as Mrs., Elite Miss or Teen Miss Earth USA, she will represent the USA at the international pageant selected by the organization, and will abide by all the rules and regulations governing that pageant.
Must be willing to release, unconditionally and forever, any claim against US EARTH PRODUCTIONS, BBB INC, CAROUSEL PRODUCTIONS, additional sponsors and affiliates, 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 US EARTH PRODUCTIONS, BBB INC, CAROUSEL PRODUCTIONS, additional sponsors and affiliates, and they must agree to abide by that determination both as to themselves and other applicants.