WHO ARE THE JUDGES?
The judges will represent a diverse range of occupations. Judges could be actors, models, casting
agents, journalists, former titleholders, pageant professionals, doctors, lawyers, entertainers,
entrepreneurs, counselors, fashion designers, hair and make-up professionals, fitness trainers, and
even stay-at-home moms. The common bond they all share is that they are successful in their own
right and they understand the importance of good communication skills, self-discipline & public image.
WHAT ARE THEY LOOKING FOR?
A healthy well-maintained physique. A warm, genuine, compassionate personality. World awareness and the desire to make a difference. A confident, self-assured individual who is comfortable with herself and her surroundings. An intelligent and articulate
young woman who can serve as a good role model for her peers. A leader, a winner and a potential
USA TOP MODEL® titleholder. The judges are not looking for the best contestant in one area of competition, but rather an individual who is an overall strong candidate for the title.
The USA TOP MODEL COMPETITION is a professional modeling competition in the world.
The organizers are noted for emphasizing the importance of charity work now a major part of the competition at state level and national finals. During her reign, USA TOP MODEL COMPETITION will promote a variety of charities including Autism Speaks and make appearance across the country during her reign.
Photogenic - The photogenic category is a required area of competition. This judged category is worth 20% of your overall score. All contestants may submit up to 2 (two) additional photos. The photo that is scored the highest will count toward your overall score. The fee to submit additional photos is $10.00 each. All photos MUST be turned in at check-in and may be picked up prior to the start of the competition. NO EXCEPTIONS! Photos should be no smaller than 8 x 10 inches and no larger than 8 1/2 x 11 inches.
Runway Wear Competition - During the Runway Wear competition, each contestant will wear an outfit of her own choosing and model it for the judges and audience. Judges will consider her poise, confidence, and the manner in which she carries herself, her sense of fashion and style, outfit selection and her stage presence. Outfits should not be something that you would find in an average mall or department store. Contestants should avoid evening gowns/ evening wear and should not be a costume. Hint: THINK HIGH FASHION & DO NOT BE AFRAID TO BE CREATIVE. Note: No description cards will be read during this category.
Red Carpet Wear Competition - During the Red-Carpet Wear competition the attention is again focused on her beauty of face, but also on her overall appearance. They will consider her poise, elegance, confidence, and the manner in which she carries herself, her sense of fashion and style, and her overall stage presence. They will be looking for the qualities that she is able to radiate as she walks across down the runway in her chosen outfit. Hint: THINK HIGH FASHION & RED-CARPET AWARDS SUCH AS THE ACADEMY AWARDS, GOLDEN GLOBES, MTV MUSIC AWARDS, CFDA AWARDS ETC. Note: You do not have to wear an evening gown/ wear for this category..
Final Look (Top 3 only) - One final on-stage question for the remaining Top-3 will be conducted by the Emcee. They will then appear on stage for group judging and have a spotlighted “Final Look” when each judge will independently select their gold, silver and bronze medalist. These events lead up to the crowning of the new WORLD TOP MODEL®!
SPECIAL ELEMENTS (detailed information in contestant handbook)
Portfolio-The Portfolio Competition is limited to one entry. The Portfolio Competition is an optional competition. There will be one winner selected and that winner will received a cash prize. Contestants will submit a modeling portfolio containing 5-10 photos of various poses. Portfolios should include headshots, 3⁄4 length and full body shots.
Swimwear Competition - Swimwear is for Junior Teen and above only. Attention is focused on beauty of face, figure, physical fitness, stage presence, and the confidence with which each model carries herself. Numerical measurements are not considered in the judging, there is no perfect body type.