Judging Criteria

Throughout the Miss Universe Organization’s pageant system, from the local level to the international level, delegates are judged in three areas:

Interview Competition
Pageant judges spend time with each delegate to learn about her successes, talents, goals and ambitions. Attention is focused on her poise, charm, self-confidence and her ability to communicate, as well as the substance of her answers.

Swimsuit Competition
Attention is focused on beauty of face, figure, physical fitness, and the confidence with which each contestant carries herself. Numerical measurements are not considered in the judging.

Evening Gown Competition
Each delegate wears a gown she has chosen for herself. Attention is focused on each contestant’s overall appearance, self-confidence, sense of style and the beauty she brings to the gown of her choice.

About Our Winners
The Miss Maine USA and Miss Maine Teen USA Pageants are looking for ambassadors to represent Maine, not only here in the state, but also nationally.

Although the winners may not score the highest in every category, they will do well in each. They will be young women who possess many positive attributes, including poise, personality, intelligence and beauty. It is vital that they understand that, along with the prizes and glamour, there comes a responsibility to the pageant system, our sponsors, the community, and to Maine. The winners immediately become role models, assuring it will be a year of personal growth and maturing that money cannot buy.

There is no talent competition and no experience is necessary.