FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
♦ Where are the 2019 Nationwide Pageants being held?
The 2019 Nationwide National Pageant will be held at a time to be announced 2019. In an effort to keep contestant expenses as low as possible, but continue to provide an excellent pageant experience, the Nationwide Pageants will be held in the Omaha, Nebraska metro area!
♦ Why was there no pageant in 2017?
In order to present the most professional, and financially sound pageant production; and to ensure that the Nationwide Pageant system stays on a positive financial footing, we felt that extending the 2016 pageant year would help achieve our goals. With a change over in National Directorship, in order to present a 2018 pageant, many things needed to be rushed, including the preparation of State titleholders. We felt that this was not in the best interest of ALL involved. As such, plans were made to host the next “live” pageant in July of 2018.
♦ 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, the Miss Nationwide Pageant is 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?
Contestants must at least 18 years of age and no older than 30 by June 1, 2019.
Contestants must work, reside, or attend school in the state/region she represents for at least 6 months.
Please visit our Become a Miss Contestant page for complete guidelines to compete in the MISS Nationwide Pageant.
♦ Can I be married?
No, 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, you qualify to compete for the Mrs. Nationwide crown.
Please visit our Become a Mrs. Contestant page for complete guidelines to compete in the MRS. Nationwide Pageant.
♦ 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.