FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
♦ Where is the 2022 Nationwide Pageantry National Competition being held?
The 2022 Nationwide Pageantry National Competition will be held July 20-25, 2022. In an effort to keep contestant expenses as low as possible, but continue to provide an excellent competition experience, the National Competition will be held in the Omaha, Nebraska metro area!
♦ Where was the 2021 Nationwide Pageantry National Competition held?
The 2021 Nationwide Pageantry National Competition was held in July 2021. Because of many circumstances beyond our control (including continuing effects of the COVID pandemic), the 2021 National Competition was held virtually. Contestants were required to submit all competition categories via video entry, and the Interview/Platform Presentation competition was held utilizing ZOOM meetings.
♦ Why was there no competition in 2020?
For the safety of all participants and organizers, and according to the instructions and recommendations of the World Health Organization as well as the United States Government in regard to social distancing, Nationwide Pageantry made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 National Competition. We placed the highest value on the safety of all involved and chose to wait for the end of the global crisis before hosting a “live” onstage competition.
♦ Wasn’t the 2016 Pageant an Online Competition?
Yes, for the competition year 2016, Miss Nationwide reverted back to it’s original format of an online competition. Beginning in 2018, Nationwide Pageantry committed to returning the Nationwide Pageant system back to being a “live” system with as many State Pageants across the Nation as possible.
♦ What if there is no State Pageant or State Director in my state?
You may apply to become a State Appointed Titleholder. Please contact the National Office for information on how to accomplish this. While most State Appointed Titles will be on a first come, first serve basis; the National Office will be very selective to award the most qualified young woman with her State Crown. We strive for the Nationwide Pageant system to be about quality of contestants, not quantity!
♦ What are the age limits and entry requirements to compete in the Miss Nationwide Pageant?
While each division of Nationwide Pageantry has it’s own requirements, the following is strictly for the Miss Division:
Contestants must at least 18 years of age and no older than 30 by the date specified on the Become a Contestant Page of this website.
Contestants must work, reside, or attend school in the state/region she represents for at least 6 months.
Please visit our Become a Contestant page for complete guidelines to compete in the MISS Nationwide Pageant.
♦ Why is “being born a female” not a requirement to compete?
At the 2019 National Pageant, Nationwide Pageantry was proud to announce that after many months of discussion among all invested parties, the requirement of “natural born female” was removed from all areas of Nationwide Pageantry. Our National Director, Board, volunteers and titleholders all agreed that Nationwide Pageantry should be equal for all individuals. Beginning with the 2020 pageant season, the requirement to compete is simply “legally living as a female”. We feel that this opens the door to all females to compete as their true-self, without the fear of discrimination. Nationwide Pageantry is proud to be one of the first to remove this barrier to compete and to open our doors to finally offer true equality in pageantry!
♦ Can I be married?
No & Yes. Contestants competing for the Miss Nationwide crown may not be married or pregnant. They must not have ever been married, not had a marriage annulled, nor given birth to, or parented a child. The titleholders are also required to remain unmarried throughout their reign.
HOWEVER – if you are married or have been married previously, you qualify to compete for the Ms. or Mrs. Nationwide crown.
Please visit our Become a Contestant page for complete guidelines to compete in the MS. or MRS. Nationwide Pageant divisions.
♦ What can I do to prepare for the State and/or National Pageants?
A potential contestant should understand the values of the Nationwide Foundation & Pageant and the responsibilities of the title(s). She should be able to express what her personal platform encompasses and what her professional goals would be during her reign. Consider the following when competing at the state and/or national level.
Contestants should also discuss preparing for the pageants with their state directors as they have a wealth of information, contacts and referrals.
♦ What should my Personal Platform be and what is the Onstage Platform Statement?
Your Personal Platform is just that: personal to you. It needs to be a social topic that you feel strongly about. Something you have or will devote personal time to promote and raise awareness about in your State. The Onstage Platform Statement is your opportunity to discuss your platform, why it is important to you, and how you plan to promote it. You’ll have ninety seconds, followed immediately by two questions from the judging panel.
♦ Is my donation to the Nationwide Charitable Foundation deductible?
You may deduct charitable contributions of money or property made to qualified organizations if you itemize your deductions. Generally, you may deduct up to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income, but 20 percent and 30 percent limitations apply in some cases. Always consult with your tax preparer for additional guidelines as they pertain to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.