Judging Criteria and Age Divisions

The International Pageant will be held at the Double Tree by Hilton in South Portland, ME on July 2022

We will award 14 prestigious AWOS and YAWOS International Titles:

    YAWOS Divisions

  • Young Princess - Ages 4-6

  • Elementary Princess - Ages 7-9

  •  Preteen - Ages 10-12

  • Young Teen - Ages 13-15

  • Teen  - Ages 16-19

  • Miss - Ages 20-25, single, never married, no children

  • Young Ambassador- Any YAWOS Contestant


AWOS Divisions 

  • Sweetheart - Ages 18-29, any marital status

  • Ms. - Ages 30 +, any marital status

  • Mrs.   -Age 18+, Married

  • Elite - Ages 35-49, any marital status

  • Classic - Ages 50-59, any marital status

  • Senior-Ages 60+, any marital status

  • Ambassador - Any AWOS Contestant

Competition ages are as of January 1 of the International Pageant year.

Each contestant will compete in four areas of competition for the divisional titles.

  • Personal Interview - A panel style interview, designed to allow the judges to better get to know the delegates. This phase of competition will account for 40% of the overall score.

  • Out on the Town Fashion (women) Fun Fashion (young divisions)- Contestants are asked to select an outfit that best exudes their personality that they would wear "Out on the Town" or "Fun".  Judges will be looking for overall confidence and  how the outfit compliments the delegate. This phase of competition will account for 20% of the overall score.

  • Evening Gown - Contestants are asked to select a full-length evening gown of choice and AWOS division finalist will answer an onstage question. Questions will be selected by the judges from questions asked during interview. Evening gown will be scored on question response, poise and overall confidence. This phase of competition will account for 30% of the overall score.

  • Optional Competitions - Contestants are asked to enter at least one optional competition that will account for 10% of the overall score. Contestants may wish to participate in multiple/all optional competitions which will result in the highest optional score incorporated into the overall score.

    • Photogenic: Contestants submit one 8x10 photo or photo collage of up to 3 images to be reviewed by the judges panel.

    • Role Model: Contestants submit a community service portfolio containing images, community service hour log, letters of recommendation and/or description of leadership roles for review by the judges panel.

    • Personal Platform Presentation: Contestants submit a creative video no longer than 1 minute about their personal platform for review by the judges panel.

    • Publishers Writing: Contestants submit an essay style writing between 500 and 1000 words about positive pageantry (any area or relation to) for review by the judges.

    • Non-performance Talent: Contestants submit evidence of their talent via photographs or video for review by the judges.

    • Talent: Contestants may perform a 2 minute talent on stage for the judges.

    • Americana Heritage Wear: Contestants may choose to model an "Americana" themed outfit for the judges on stage.

    • Fitness and Lifestyle: Contestants choose a fitness outfit that best compliments them and projects their confidence. Contestants will walk the stage and present a 15 second speech of how fitness, confidence and beauty relate to them.

    • Speech: Contestants will present a 2 minute speech of choice to the judges live during the optional competition.

    • and more!

  • AWOS Contestants may choose to compete in a secondary division that fits their respective age  for an additional fee of $300. YAWOS Miss Contestants may dual compete in the AWOS Sweetheart division for the same fee but must compete in both pageants.

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