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Judging Criteria

Throughout the Miss USA pageant system, from the local level to the international level, delegates are judged in three equal areas:

  • Interview 33%
  • Swimsuit 33%
  • Evening Gown 33%
  • Opening Number 0%

INTERVIEW [33%] – 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 [33%] – 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 [33%] – 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 bring to the gown of her choice.

OPENING NUMBER [0%] – Each year we have a themed opening number and it is designed to allow the contestants to show off their creativity and become comfortable on stage before the scored competitions begin.  This is not a scored event, but we want you to show off your personality and have fun coming up with your opening number outfit!

There is no performing talent competition and no previous pageant experience is necessary.

The Miss Louisiana USA and Miss Louisiana Teen USA Pageants are looking for diverse young women who are not only beautiful, but intelligent and willing to share their hearts and minds as ambassadors to our state and nation.  Winning titles of this magnitude catapults young women to instant fame where they automatically and instantly become role models.  It is important that they understand that, along with the prizes and glamour, comes a responsibility to the pageant system, sponsors, community, and to the state of Louisiana. There is no end to the possibilities and opportunities that await, and their year as titleholders is certain to be a one full of personal growth and development.