FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
BECOME A CONTESTANT
Miss Intercontinental United States is the official preliminary to MISS INTERCONTINENTAL WORLD, a Top 5 international pageant. The winner will receive and all-expense paid international travel opportunitiess to support sister queens and represent the USA on the world stage in Sri Lanka.
How do i apply to become a delegate?
Click the Apply link to submit your information and receive an application. A representative will reply within 48 hours. All contestants must submit a national application to qualify for their state pageant or for consideration for an appointed state title.
What titles are available that qualify for the national pageant?
In 2017, MIUS Productions / Nu Tainment, LLC., will be awarding state titles and a select number of regional titles. For a complete list of available titles, please Contact Us! Age valid as of July 22, 2017. All candidates must be U.S. citizens who have never been married and never given birth. Miss Division (Age 19-26).
Are you holding state or regional contests?
Yes! States that are likely to hold pageants will have appoved state directors. If there is not a state director assigned to a state then contact our national office for more information on how to represent that state. State pageant winners will have national pageant entry fees paid by their state program but may still be subject to national fees such as ad page and/or wardrobe. See pageant schedule
Delegates representing other states and regions will be selected through application, interview 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 Great Lakes, Great Plains, Midatlantic, Midwest, Mountain Range, New England, Northeast, Northwest, southeast, Southwest.
When is the last day to apply for an appointed title?
The last day to apply is June 1, 2017. We encourage you to apply as early as possible to be able to plan accordingly for the national pageant being held July 22-30, 2017. The national pageant will be on a beautiful carnival cruise line sailing for 8 nights. Contact us for destinations.
Is the application fee refundable?
YES UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS. Refund requests must be requested in writing. Please no 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 schedule 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 appinted state title may be refunded if the applicant declines a state title within one (1) week of offer date.
What fees are required for the Miss divisions?
Because the Miss program include an all-inclusive international competition package for the winner, their program follow a different fee structure. Total fees for the Miss divisions are $1,250. Payment plans are available and sponsorship is encouraged.
We allow delegates to get sponsors to place ads in the official program pages which included design by MLM Design to offset their entry fee for the at-large delegates. Each ad page is $350.
What are the ad page requirements?
Each contestant is required to submit one (1) full page program book advertisement page (*adpage"). The program books are commemorative pieces for contestants, and also keep guests and judges informed of events, names, titles of the contestants and outgoing queens. They can be valuable adveretisement space for businesses as they are viewed and retained by hundreds of patrons for years. full page advertisements are $350 per page, which includes required professional design by MLM Desigs. We encourage contestants to use this ad space to acknowledge their supporters. Seek out sponsors looking to gain exposure in the world of pageantry, businesses that support environmental causes or even family and friends. 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. Images submitted for an ad page must be high resolution, 300 dpi, JPG files. Send your images and text with contestant's name and full title to firstname.lastname@example.org
What do the national winner receive?
The winner receives international travel opportunities, gifts from sponsors such as apparel, jewerly, photography and more.
The winner of Miss Intercontinental United States will receive the opportunity of a lifetime to represent the United States of America at Miss Intercontinental World, one of the planet's top international pageants. The Miss Intercontinental experience includes an all-expense paid, about three to four weeks visit to the Miss Intercontinental host country and appearance on the internationally televised Miss Intercontinental finals. She will be trained, outfitted, groomed and prepared extensively during the months prior to Miss Intercontinental. Her one-year reign will include many travel opportunities to appear in the media, support her causes and represent the Miss Intercontinental brand.
Will the pageant be televised?
Yes! Miss Intercontinental United States and preliminary shows will be live webcase 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 Intercontinental United States judged?
Judging criteria includes character, poise, confidence, personality, speaking, knowledge of world issues and especially "crown with a purpose" meaning. See the Judging tab for in-depth criteria.
Is there a talent portion of the competition?
No, there is not performing talent required.
Is there a swimwear protion of the competition?
Yes! The Miss Intercontinental United States organization believes that the swimwear competition allows a young woman to strive for great health and positive energy, with scoring baded on health, fitness and modeling skills, and supporting a varitey of body types.
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 face 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. All official delegates are provided a sponsorship letter to solicit corporate or personal gifts. 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 sponsorships. When approaching potential sponsors, explain your goals, your desire to improve yourself by participating in Miss Intercontinental United States, spreading awareness about key environmental concerns, obtaining academic scholarship opportunities and meeting other young women striving to represent "Crown with a Purpose." 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 Intercontinental United States.
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 obtained by May 1st, you may advertise your businesses on your full page ad. 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 sponsorships, 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. All sponsorship monies should be paid by the sponsor(s) directly to the contestant.
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 MIUS/ Nu Tainment Productions. 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 Intercontinental United States titleholder, you are encouraged to support any and all the causes that are of meaning to you.
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 @nutainment. 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?
Miss division 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 MIUS / Nu Tainment Productions, Inc and will be transferred to the new delegate each year. Miss delegates may create their own accounts via other platforms, such as Twitter and Instagram. Representatives in other divisions may create their own accounts via Facebook and other platforms. 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 Intercontinental United States, and are always representative of the mission of MISS INTERCONTINENTAL.
Will there be semi-finalists/finalists named?
The Miss division will announce a Top 20. Top 20 will re-compete in runway. Top 15 will re-compete in swimwear. Top 10 will re-compete in gown, and Top 4 will conduct the 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 4 for Miss Intercontinental United States will all receive a sash, flowers and elemental queen prizes. Top 4 will answer on-stage question.
If I am not named as a 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 finalist.
What are the “Opening Number Dresses” for?
At the beginning of the evening gown competition and finale, each contestant will be introduced to the audience during an upbeat, choreographed introduction musical number (contestants will not sing, and the choreographed moves are very easy – you do not need to be a dancer, we are not out to make anyone look foolish). Contestants will bring their creative style of opening dress for 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 Intercontinental United States will dedicate approximately four weeks in the summer to travel internationally to compete at Miss Intercontinental World (all expenses paid). If crowned Miss Intercontinental, she will embark upon another exciting year traveling internationally, as dictated by MIO Productions - the owners of Miss Intercontinental. If she should not be crowned Miss Intercontinental World, the schedule of Miss Intercontinental United States is very flexible upon her return, although many travel opportunities will remain available including charitable events, photo shoots and taking part in regional pageants.
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 Intercontinental United States. National winners may not compete during their year of service for Miss Intercontinental United States. Thereafter, state titles are not binding; however, your contract will state that you must recruit for and attend the following year's regional or state pageant. 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 Intercontinental United States 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 a logo t shirt. 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. MIUS/Nu Tainment Productions 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.
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 Contestant 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?
Some state programs that are holding pageants will offer local titles including logo sash and crown.
How is the competition order determined?
The competition order will be alphabetically by state.
Do I need to bring or pay for meals during pageant week?
Some meals are provided as well as coupons to nearby restaurants. On the cruise for the nationals, your meals will be provided. We do provide our contestants time with your family during breaks between rehearsals and contests. A detailed schedule will be provided in the weeks prior to the pageant, so you can plan ahead.
Is national lodging included?
Yes! Delegates may contact their contestant coordinator or state director if they are interested in being matched with a roommate or roommates on the cruise for the nationals.
What are the nearest airports or train stations?
Contact us for information.
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?
Contact us for more infomation.
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 contestants compete at the pageant?
We expect approximately 25-40 contestants in the Miss division.
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!
MISS INTERCONTINENTAL UNITED STATES CONTESTANTS (Ages 19-26)
Must be at least 19 and no older than 26 years of age on July 22-30, 2017
Contestants age 26 as of July 22-30 may choose to compete in the Star International Pageant which will be taking place along with the Miss Intercontinental United States.
Can have never posed nude in print or other media
Must be a natural born female
Must be a citizen of the United States
Must be of good moral and physical health
Must be unmarried, have never annulled a previous marriage, or be divorced.
Must not have given birth or currently be pregnant
Must agree, that if selected to represent their state in the MISS INTERCONTINENTAL UNITED STATES 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 Intercontinental United States to represent the USA at Miss Intercontinental World, she will participate in that pageant, and will abide by all the rules and regulations governing that pageant.
Must be willing to release, unconditionally and forever, any claim against MIUS/NU TAINMENT, LLC. PRODUCTIONS, INC, MIO PRODUCTIONS, its parent and affiliated or related companies and their 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 MIUS/ NU TAINMENT, LLC. PRODUCTIONS, INC and MIO PRODUCTIONS, and they must agree to abide by that determination both as to themselves and other applicants.