Rules

Rules & Regulations
ELIGIBILITY & ACCEPTANCE:

Miss U.S. International

Never married, never given birth to a child. as of the start date of the state pageant event.

Must be 18-26 years of age as of November 30 of the competition year. Delegates may be 17 years of age provided that they reach their 18th birthday by September 1st of the competition year.

Gender:

Entrant must be a naturally born genetic female.

Preliminary Pageants:

A delegate is required to enter into a state preliminary pageant to qualify for the Miss U.S. International National Pageant™ if there is a state pageant.

Preliminary pageant entrant agrees to look solely to the preliminary Pageant Director with respect to all matters relating to her application, rules, regulations, policies, preparation, rehearsal, performance and selection process, and all other matters relating to the preliminary pageant. , its members, managers, agents and employees are not liable to entrant for anything whatsoever in connection with the preliminary pageant.

Entrant agrees to attend the Miss U.S. International National Pageant™ if selected as the winner in a preliminary pageant and further abide by all the required services, rules and regulations governing this pageant.

Winner of a preliminary pageants is not eligible to re-compete in the same preliminary pageant.

Winner of preliminary pageants may re-enter the national pageant as an at-large delegate onceshe has fulfilled her obligations as specified by the rules and regulations of the preliminary pageant.

Participants of preliminary pageants who are not named as the winning titleholder(s) may apply to become an at-large delegate following the conclusion of the preliminary pageant.

Delegates may qualify for more than one preliminary, the following is what is generally determined in a Delegates participation in a preliminary pageant:

Eligibility for at-large state titles are determined by meeting at least one of the following criteria:

Current residency, employment, student status, property owner or born in the state.

“At-Large” Entry:

“At-large” refers to the status of any delegate who enters the Miss U.S. International National Pageant™ directly at the national level without first winning a preliminary pageant.

Upon receipt of required deposit, at-large applicant is placed into “pending” status regarding title assignment. At-large applicant may make payments or may make payment in full at the time of application.

At-large titles are assigned upon receipt of paperwork, photo(s) and payment in full of required fees.

retains full and ultimate authority for any and all decisions regarding assignment of titles to at-large delegates for representation associated with the Miss U.S. International National Pageant™.

At large delegate agrees to look solely to with respect to all matters relating to the application, the preparation, rehearsal, performance and selection process and all other matters relating to this pageant.

retains the right to assign titles to at-large delegates at any time for upcoming Miss U.S. International National Pageant™ (i.e., a 2013 at-large state titleholder may be assigned during the 2012 calendar year, even if the title is being held contemporaneously by a 2012 at-large delegate).

Returning Delegates:

Former national winners of Miss U.S. International are not eligible to compete for Miss U.S. International.

At large delegates may re-enter the national pageant from year to year.

Winners of preliminary pageants are not eligible to re-compete for the same state title unless approved by their state director, she may enter under another state or regional title.

Commercial Tie-Up:

Entrant may have a modeling, commercial tie-up, personal management and/or agency contract, which contract however does not include, authorize or permit the use of the name of the Miss U.S. International National Pageant,™ or any other registered trademark or tradename of or any title designation or reference with respect to the pageant in any manner.

Eligibility / Acceptance Determination Agreement:

All issues as to eligibility shall be determined solely and exclusively by Miss U.S. International National Pageant. Entrant agrees to abide by eligibility determination both as to herself and others. Entrant agrees to produce an original copy of her birth certificate to verify age and gender upon request. Entrant agrees to produce a color copy of her U.S. Passport or application of her U.S. Passport prior to the National Pageant. reserves the right to refuse entry into the Miss U.S. International National Pageant™ to anyone for any reason.

COMPETITION JUDGING

Miss U.S. International National Pageant™ is a traditional beauty pageant for women of the U.S. who are ages 18-25. Areas of competition include: Interview, Swimsuit, and Evening Gown. Finalists will be interviewed on-stage for their interview score.

PRELIMINARY SHOW

Preliminary Show.

The Miss U.S. International National Preliminary Pageant™ will consist of a Swimsuit competition segment which will be weighted at 50% and an Evening Gown competition segment which will be weighted at 50%

Swimsuit (50%).

Miss U.S. International™ must exemplify a lifestyle of good physical, emotional and intellectual health. Winner should be physically fit, with good muscle tone and body proportion.

  • Delegates can model a 1-piece or 2-piece swimsuit.

  • Swimsuit may have cut-outs, mesh, and/or embellishments

  • Swimsuit must be in good taste. No thongs or rios allowed.

  • A solid color swimsuit is recommended, but not required.

  • High heels (e.g., acrylic, taupe, skin-tone) are recommended but not required.

  • Judging criteria: fitness, modeling, personality, beauty, grooming and fashion sense

Evening Gown (50%).

Miss U.S. International™ must carry herself with dignity, grace, poise and elegance. Judges will not be evaluating the cost or designer label of the gown, but rather how well it suits the delegate (e.g., fit, color, style) as well as delegate’s on-stage presentation.

  • Evening gown must be floor length.

  • Judging criteria: modeling, personality, beauty, grooming and fashion sense.

FINAL SHOW

The Miss U.S. International National Final Pageant™ will consist of an Opening Number segment (not judged), Interview competition segment which will be weighted at 10%, a Swimsuit competition segment which will be weighted at 45% and an Evening Gown competition segment which will be weighted at 45%

Opening Production Number (not judged).

The Miss U.S. International National Pageant™ will include a choreographed opening number. Delegates shall wear the designated color for opening number as specified by Miss U.S. International® National Pageant. Information about the 2014 Opening Production Number and required attired to be posted when available. The Opening Production Number is not judged.

Swimsuit (45%).

Miss U.S. International™ must exemplify a lifestyle of good physical, emotional and intellectual health. Winner should be physically fit, with good muscle tone and body proportion.

  • Delegates can model a 1-piece or 2-piece swimsuit.

  • Swimsuit may have cut-outs, mesh, and/or embellishments

  • Swimsuit must be in good taste. No thongs or rios allowed.

  • A solid color swimsuit is recommended, but not required.

  • High heels (e.g., acrylic, taupe, skin-tone) are recommended but not required.

  • Judging criteria: fitness, modeling, personality, beauty, grooming and fashion sense

Evening Gown (45%).

Miss U.S. International™ must carry herself with dignity, grace, poise and elegance. Judges will not be evaluating the cost or designer label of the gown, but rather how well it suits the delegate (e.g., fit, color, style) as well as delegate’s on-stage presentation.

  • Evening gown must be floor length.

  • Judging criteria: modeling, personality, beauty, grooming and fashion sense.

    On Stage Interview (10%).

Miss U.S. International™ must be able to expressherself with confidence. Finalists will respond to a series of questions on-stage. The questions will be taken from information listed on the delegate’s fact sheet.

  • Judging criteria: Articulation, Quality of Response, Beauty, Personality

JUDGING

  • A minimum of 4 judges will evaluate delegates in the areas of competition

  • Harrison Productions, L.L.C. has sole discretion and complete authority to select judges.

  • Reasonable efforts are made to secure a culturally and professionally diverse panel of judges.

  • Judges’ names are not released to delegates prior to arrival at the pageant.

  • Delegates may not approach the judges or engage in conversation with judges prior to or during the competition. Delegates who are observed approaching a judge or engage in conversation with a judge beyond a brief greeting risk immediate disqualification at the discretion of

  • Judges are provided with training and instruction regarding scoring procedures prior to the competition.

  • The decision of the judges is final and not contestable for any reason.

SCORING:

Scoring is conducted on a 10-point scale:

9-10 = Excellent

7-8 = Very Good

5-6 = Good

3-4 = Average

1-2 = Below Average

BREAKING TIES:

The following procedure is used to break ties:

Each judge will assign the Top 5 finalists a ranking from 1 to 5 (1 = “Winner”, 5 = “4th Runner-Up”.) A ranking of 1st = 5 pts, 2nd = 4 pts, 3rd = 3 pts, 4th = 2 pts, 5th = 1 pt. Points earned from rankings are added to the delegates’ scores.

If the rankings do not resolve the tie(s), the higher individual competition score will determine the higher placement in this order: Onstage Interview, Evening Gown and Swimsuit.

If there are ties for Semi-Finalists positions, then the higher of the Onstage Interview, Evening Gown and Swimsuit will be used to break the tie.

STATEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING AND AGREEMENT:

ENTRY FEE / PAYMENTS

An entry fee is required to enter the Miss U.S. International National Pageant™ as a delegate. The fee amount is advertised on the Miss U.S. International National Pageant™ website. Delegate may seek sponsors or may pay the entry fee herself. Payment may be made by personal check, money order, or credit card via PayPal. Delegates may make payments toward the total entry fee.Payments of any amount must be made at least every 30 days until the total fee is received. Failure to remit payment every 30 days may result in loss of title and fees paid.The Miss U.S. International National Pageant™ is self-supporting and relies solely upon entry fees to cover production expenses. Production expenses include but are not limited to: advertising, hotel rentals, theater rentals, performers’ fees, judges’ expenses, staging, supplies, prizes, awards, etc.A significant percentage of the entry fee is directed back to each delegate in the form of crown, sash, meals, entertainment, parties, gifts, and prizes.

Entry fee includes:

      • Eligibility for all prizes and awards

      • Gifts, Awards, Prizes

      • Rhinestoned trimmed sash and official Crown

 

Entry fee does not includes:

  • Travel expenses

  • Competition wardrobe

  • Program book ads (optional)

  • Personal Expenses

  • Lodging

      • REFUND POLICY

        All fees paid to Miss U.S. International National Pageant are NOT REFUNDABLE and NOT TRANSFERABLEin full or in part for under any circumstances. This includes, but is not limited to entry fees, advertising fees, pageant admission ticket sales fees, guest meal fees and any other fees paid to Miss U.S. International National Pageant by anyone including, but not limited to, delegates, sponsors, and advertisers.

        DEADLINES

        The entry deadlines are posted in the Miss U.S. International National Pageant™ paperwork. Entry fees must be paid in full by the final entry deadline. Preliminary pageants must be concluded by the entry deadline. There will be no exceptions under any circumstances. All required delegate paperwork (e.g., Biographical Information Form, etc.) must be complete and received by by the paperwork deadline which is posted in the paperwork. Required headshot photo for the Official Program Book must be received by the deadline which is posted in the paperwork. All deadlines are strictly enforced and must be adhered to by entrant and preliminary pageant directors. Entrant (and director, if applicable) understands and agrees to the following penalty for late submission of required items, including paperwork, photography and full payment of fees by posted deadlines: A total of 1 point per day per late item is deducted from delegate’s total score.

        OTHER REQUIREMENTS

        Photography. Entrant must submit a headshot photo for the Miss U.S. International website and Program Book Photo.

        Attire. Delegates provide their own competition attire. Other wardrobe requirements will be posted on the pageant website.

        Travel. Delegates make their own travel arrangements. , is not responsible for arranging travel or intervening / resolving disputes involving travel to the host site for the pageant competition.

        Hotel. Delegates are not required to stay at the host hotel (unless delegate must stay in a hotel close enough to pageant activities and provide their own transportation to and from the host hotel). Delegates and their families must make their own hotel reservations.

        CODE OF CONDUCT

        Entrant affirms that she is and will continue to be a person of good moral character; that she has not committed and will not commit any act inconsistent with the highest standards of public morals and conventions or that will reflect unfavorably on the pageant, its representatives, sponsors and/or licensees; that she has not appeared in nude or provocative photographs for any film or publication prior to, during the pageant finals, or during her reign should she become a Preliminary Winner or at-large delegate. Delegate will conduct herself in a courteous, professional manner at all times during the Miss U.S. International Pageant™ and while representing a Miss U.S. International™ title. Delegate will not slander or libel other contestants, judges, , staff or anyone else involved with or connected to the Miss U.S. International National Pageant™. Defamatory verbal and/or written remarks against and the Miss U.S. International National Pageant™ will result in immediate disqualification, forfeiture of any and all prizes and awards won, and legal charges.Any delegate found publicly posting slanderous remarks on public forums will be immediately disqualified.Good sportsmanship is expected at all times. Disruptive behavior before, during, or after the pageant may result in disqualification, removal from the premises, and legal charges.Delegate agrees to sign a Code of Conduct statement indicating agreement to abide by the terms specified here. Failure to sign the Code of Conduct statement does not in any way release delegate from responsibility to abide by the Code of Conduct stated here. All issues related to the Code of Conduct and consequences for violation thereof shall be determined solely and exclusively by . Entrant agrees to accept such determinations made by . both as to herself and others.

        PARTICIPATION IN NATIONAL PAGEANT EVENTS

        Delegates are expected to be on time and present for all scheduled rehearsals and events leading up to and during the pageant finals. Delegates will lose 1 point for each unexcused missed event. In the event of illness, a delegate may be excused from attending an event. Harrison Productions, L.L.C.’s, Manager is the only individual with the authority to release a delegate from a scheduled event.

 

    • WINNER’S CONTRACT

      If selected as a Miss U.S. International, delegate agrees to sign a contract stating agreement to arrange and make a minimum of 12 appearances throughout her year’s reign. Appearances may include but are not limited to parades; radio, television and newspaper interviews; and public appearances at events. Winners are expected to provide with photos of appearances for the Miss U.S. International National Pageant™ website and promotion. If delegate is unwilling to sign the contract and/or unable or unwilling to fulfill the obligations, the title won and all prizes will be awarded to the first runner up.

      The reign of Miss U.S. International will commence immediately after crowning and will end immediately following the crowning of their successor. Miss U.S. International agrees to make monthly contact with Miss U.S. International® National Pageant, by phone, letter, fax or e-mail. Miss U.S. International agrees to provide Miss U.S. International® National Pageant, with photocopies of articles pertaining to her reign and pictures of appearances for the pageant history scrapbook. Miss U.S. International agrees that she will not enter any other pageant or compete for any other titles during her year’s reign without the prior written permission from Miss U.S. International® National Pageant. The Miss U.S. International National Pageant™ title is the overall winner’s main pageant-related priority. Winner is expected to give her time and energy to this title and this title only during their year’s reign. Permission for Miss International USA to participate in other pageants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.Winner may have a modeling, commercial tie-up, personal management and/or agency contract, which contract however does not include, authorize or permit the use of the name of the Miss U.S. International National Pageant™, or any other registered tradename, trademark or logo of Miss U.S. International® National Pageant, or any title designation or reference with respect to the pageant in any manner. Miss U.S. International agrees to attend the next year’s pageant to crown her successor. Winner’s travel, lodging, and meal expenses will be arranged for and paid by Miss U.S. International® National Pageant.

      STATEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING AND AGREEMENT:

      Publicity and Promotion. By virtue of participation in the Miss U.S. International National Pageant™, delegate agrees to allow Miss U.S. International® National Pageant, the right to use her name, likeness, voice and/or biographical information for purposes of publicity and promotion now and in the future. Delegate understands that her name, likeness, voice, and/or biographical information may be used on the internet, in print advertising, press releases and merchandise related to the Miss U.S. International National Pageant™ (e.g., t-shirts, tote bags, hats, other apparel, mouse pads, and other promotional materials.) Delegate agrees to release Harrison Productions, L.L.C. from liability for any injury resulting from publicity and promotion. Delegate agrees to waive any and all compensation for use of her name, likeness, voice, and /or biographical information for purposes of publicity and promotion.

      Photography & Videography. Delegates and their families are permitted to take photos and video during events leading up to the on-stage pageant competition event. Cameras or videography will not be allowed during any on-stage competition events. Individuals who fail to comply with this rule will be asked to leave the venue without benefit of refund for admission ticket. Professional photography and videography will be made available by the Official Miss U.S. International National Pageant Photographer and Videographer.

      Disqualification / Title Relinquishment. If delegate is disqualified or relinquishes, for any reason, any title awarded to her, all prizes must be returned in full, and in condition received. If, for any reason, the winner resigns or is disqualified, the 1st runner-up will assume the title and all prizes.

      Limitation of Liability / Responsibility a.) Harrison Productions, L.L.C., its officers, directors, agents and employees are not liable to entrant for anything whatsoever in connection with any preliminary pageant leading to the Miss U.S. International National Pageant™. Preliminary pageant entrant agrees to look solely to the preliminary Pageant Director with respect to all matters relating to her application, rules, regulations, policies, preparation, rehearsal, performance and selection process, and all other matters relating to the preliminary pageant. b.) , its officers, employees, and pageant personnel are not responsible for accidents, injury or theft incurred at the time of the Miss U.S. International National Pageant™ or travel to and from.

      c.) Harrison Productions, L.L.C. is not responsible for negligence or fraud on the part of pageant sponsors, judges, or contract vendors (e.g., photographer, videographer, etc.) who may be providing products or services to delegates at the Miss U.S. International National Pageant

      d.) Harrison Productions, L.L.C. is not responsible for negligence or fraud on the part of the host hotel.

      e.) Harrison Productions, L.L.C. is not responsible for arranging travel or intervening / resolving disputes surrounding travel to the host location for the pageant competition.

      f.) Harrison Productions, L.L.C. is not responsible for loss, theft, or damage caused to any and all prizes, gifts, and awards bestowed upon entrant after these items become the property of entrant. Entrant agrees to incur replacement and/or repair costs to lost, stolen, or damaged items including but not limited to: crown/tiara, sash, plaques, trophies, etc.

      Agreement. By submitting the entry form and fee(s) to Miss U.S. International National Pageant™, or Director of any Preliminary Pageant leading to the Miss U.S. International National Pageant™, delegate agrees to abide by all policies, rules and regulations set forth by Miss U.S. International National Pageant™. Participation in the Miss U.S. International National Pageant™ also indicates acceptance and agreement to abide by all policies, rules and regulations set forth by Miss U.S. International National Pageant™. Delegate attests that all information submitted to , is true and accurate. Falsification of information and failure to comply with the policies of Miss U.S. International National Pageant™, may result in immediate disqualification and/or forfeiture of prizes won without benefit of refund in full or in part at the sole discretion of Miss U.S. International National Pageant™.

      Miss U.S. International National Pageant

      Rev. 07/21/2009; 9/13/2009; 09/08/2009; 07/23/2010; 04/01/2012; 06/17/2012; 04/09/2013
      ; 06/09/2013; 01/14/2015