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Beauty Pageant Rules

Updated on April 4, 2012

glitz pageants and other types of beauty pageants

If you're new to beauty pageants, you might not realize all the different types of pageants, pageant dresses, and pageant rules. There are glitz pageants, natural pageants, semi-glitz pageants, face pageants, online pageants, online photo contests, scholarship pageants, and coed pageants. Each type of pageant has its own rules and guidelines. And then there are the unwritten rules that you must know in order to be successful. This can be really mind-boggling for those new to beauty pageants! It can sometimes be a little confusing even for experienced contestants. Below is a description of each major type of pageant, along with a few suggestions for each. Remember, though, that this is just a general guideline. All beauty pageants are unique, and each one might have its own set of unique rules.

Glitz, glitzy, or full glitz pageants

These are the "everything goes" pageants. Contestants - even young ones - wear hair pieces, wigs or wiglets, full makeup, and flippers. Flippers are fake teeth that make the contestant appear to have perfect, dazzling white teeth. These contestants don pageant dresses that are super expensive and embellished with hundreds of Swarovski stones. You'll need a color that looks good on the girl and one to catch the judges' attention. The contestants in the older categories wear dresses that do not have so many stones. Almost all the girls in the pageant will have a perfect spray tan. The dresses in a glitz pageant make up a large percentage of the total score, as do stage presence, personality, and poise. The way the girl walks and acts on stage is important. You'll also need some glitz photos, along with some natural photos. Enter both types. Please note that all these embellishments are not required, and once in a great while, a non-glitz girl can win a glitz pageant, but these are rare instances.

Natural pageants.

These are at the other end of the spectrum from the full glitz pageants. In a natural pageant, the girls usually wear simple flowe girl dresses or Sunday school dresses instead of elaborate pageant dresses. Some even require the girls to wear jeans and a tee shirt. Makeup is usually not allowed on girls under 6, and even older contestants shoud wear minimal makeup. Hair pieces, wigs, wiglets, and flippers are generally not allowed. Natural pageants are more concerned with natural beauty, and some score personality, poise, and stage presence. The outfit will not be judged.

Semi-glitz pageants.

These pageants are basically just a toned-down version of a glitz pageant. The pageant dresses won't be quite as fancy, and the hairdos won't be as big or elaborate.

Face pageants.

In a face pageant, the judges are interested only in the contestant's face, usually without makeup, or with light makeup. Personailty is sometimes judged, too. Generally speaking, the contestant is usually called in front of the judges and asked a few simple questions. The stage walk is not usually judged. Model scouting agencies often have scouts at natural pageants, and contracts are sometimes offered to contestants.

Scholarship pageants.

These can be glitz, semi-glitz, or natural. With most scholarship pageants, the older contestants must have a platform - a cause they believe in. They must go through an interview and sometimes have to give an onstage speech. They are also usually asked a question on stage.

Co-ed pageants.

Thes pageants are for both males and females. Girls and young ladies of all ages may usually enter, but only little boys under 6 are usually allowed

Online pageants and online photo contests.

These are fun ways to dabble your feet into the pageant world. Fees are usually small compared with traditional pageants. Most online pageants and photo contests have categories for glitz photos and for natural photos, along with categories for boys and girls and for different age groups.

More pageant tips are offered below.

A typical glitz photo.
A typical glitz photo.


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      Dartanion1927 5 years ago

      My daughter will be in her 4th pageant this weekend. The Director has a Glitz and Natural side. I've always done my DD Glitz, She's 21 months old and I've read that babies do not need the hair, make up, tanning etc. So my question is at what age do you start tanning and doing the hair? We always go for the top title (duurr lol) and we're going for the 0 - 3 UGS. I don't want my glitz girl to loose because she is not tan and does not have a hair piece etc...

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      Monica 5 years ago

      @Zazel "Forever Rose Pageant" view their website:

      Kingwood pageant in January 2013 and Houston pageant in February 2013.

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      Beauty Pageant Lover 5 years ago

      Hello, I'm 10 years old and I want to enter a beauty pageant that gives out cash prizes so I can win back the money it costed to buy dresses, swimsuits, pageant coach, make up, etc. Are there any cheap pageants in San Francisco, South San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, or Santa Cruz???? Thanks! Email me back at:

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      Lorie Marez 5 years ago from Terrell, Texas

      hi hadee....I have a 16 month old doing aGlitz pageant. Do we put a wiglet on her? She has very little hair, but we can get one in. So confused? Thanks!

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      Zazel 5 years ago

      Hello Hadee I am 12 years old and i need to find a olace where i can do pageants in Houston ,Texas

      Thank You.



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      Carolyn 6 years ago

      How does crowning work because I want to organize a pagent for my hometown.

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      Maiya 6 years ago

      I have short really short hair and I was wondering for a glitz pagent would I need a hair piece or should I just leave it as it is

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      bethany 6 years ago

      i am 10 and i want to do pagents but the are all excipsove and the dresses are too can you tell me where i can find a pagent in pennsylvaina thank you please

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      Lauren 6 years ago

      Hi I'm lauren and I really want to do beauty pageants and im 11years old and is it ok if girls ages 11-12 wear cupcake shape skirts? My mom is trieng to pay for everything and do you know any websites or stores that I could go to to buy a dress,makeup,fake eyelashes and nails,fake hair,and everything else I need for a pageant I live in oklahoma and I really hope you can help me:) thnx

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      Elizabeth 6 years ago

      hi im 10 years old and i want to do pageants realy bad but the dresses are realy price my mom is a HAIRDRESS CAN YOU HELP FIND A PACE IN NEW YORK LI FOR ME THANKS!

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      whitley 6 years ago

      i have a question what's the avg. amount of money spent on a glitz/simi gliz pagent

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      Jessiethechinchilla 6 years ago

      Hi habee :) my name's jessie and i'm 13 yrs old. I live in the uk and want to enter a US style glitz pageant, my mum says no because she says that I shouldn't get a spray tan because I'm too young and that I'm too young to be wearing skirts that are more than 2 inches above the knee :/ what do you think I should do? I've been asking for quite a while now but she still says no. Also, if she changes her mind I already have a dress that I could use but it's a glitz cupcake dress (my friend gave it to me for my birthday because she knows how much I like them) will I loose points because I'm 13? Thanks :) x

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      Maddie 6 years ago

      Hi I'm Madison and I am 12 and I would love to be in a second pageant. I didn't win anything at my 1st pageant. My mom was so stressed last time and she hates pageants so now when I talk about pageants she gets mad. My first pageant was a couto pageant. Do you know any cheap pageants in CT besides couto? Please help!

      -mptmat/ Madison PS mptmat is my YouTube name. ;)

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      jane 6 years ago

      Wow really pretty! Can you do pagents if your 14

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      Molly 6 years ago

      I want to start a pageant system. Are there any rules that you know of before you can have a pageant? Or can you just rent somewhere and have one?

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      val 6 years ago

      Hi im a 12 year old girl and i want to enter a beauty pagent but i don't know how and what i need for it. Can you please help??

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      zoe barron 6 years ago

      hi my girl is 10 years old and hase wone miss lodon miss

      usa 2 times and her favirt sort of pageant.

      glitz and all her frends are gilous of her.

      and for her birthday I spent £9000 on a drees fo r

      a pageant.

      my and my girl love your wesit.

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      Mal 6 years ago

      i would like to enter my daughter in natural pageants, and i have no idea where to go, where to sign up. i've been searching online, but haven't found anything. she's 4 years old, and i would like to have her do it for fun. we live in northern california. thank you!

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      Sam 6 years ago

      I got my mom to sign my brother up for a Semi-Glitz Winter pageant. I wanted to know what he could wear. there is "living Doll" and Theme Wear. Help?

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      kaylon  6 years ago

      hi im 11 and im wondering if i can wear a cupcake skirt in a glitz pageant the pageant is universal royalty beauty pageant and its going to be my first pageant plzz help

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      nikkiglitzzzz 6 years ago

      hi i am a 14 years old girl and would like to know more about teen pageants could you help me or tell me where i could get help?

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      ASHLEY 6 years ago

      i need advise for how to do pageants can somebody help me text me back for advise and training to do pageants

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      ashley 6 years ago

      i want to do pageants but i don't know how to and i need a lot of training to do

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      DAVIDSON 6 years ago

      pls i need tips on beauty pageant it is very urgent. cos i want 2 organise beauty contest in my area.

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      full lace wigs 7 years ago

      Natural pageant is my choice.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Beachy, are you organizing the pageant or competing in it?

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      beachykeen 7 years ago

      Hey. My sister, cousin and I are going to help organize a pageant for our home town. We've been working really hard, and we want to join. Any tips? This is our first EVER competition. -beachykeen

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      M, it depends on the area. In most locales, girls that age would need a ball gown. At Nationals, girls often wear cupcake skirts up to age 12.

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      m,m,&m 7 years ago

      Would it be okay for girls in a 10-11 age division to wear cupcake skirts at a glitz pageant?

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      That depends on how much real hair you have and which hair style you choose. A hair/makeup person can tell you which style is best for you and how many hair pieces you'll need.

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      tashinga 7 years ago

      dear ms habee ,

      i am twelve yrs old and i am wondering approximatly how many hair pieces would you need for a glitz pagent ?

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      for what age, Shannon?

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      Shannon Richards 7 years ago

      Hi I was wondering if you have any good traing tips fro beauty pageants??

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Karen, is she wearing a ball gown? If so, you need either a hoop skirt or a crinoline. Many say the hoop skirt is better because the dress will "float" more. She'll need to practice walking in it, however. Best of luck!

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      karen jones 8 years ago

      i want to know if girls age 12 can wear can can slips under dress to make it full.


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