Beauty pageants seek to empower women and girls by promoting confidence, scholastic achievement and community service. Dallas, Texas, hosts a number of beauty pageants each year in all age ranges, awarding titles and prize money. The winners in these pageants go on to compete at the state and national levels. Numerous well-known beauty pageant organizations hold preliminary rounds in Dallas, including the Miss America Organization, Miss USA and Mrs. America.
The Miss Dallas Competition (missdallas.org) is part of the Miss America Organization, which prides itself on being one of the largest sources of scholarships for young women. Contestants for the Miss Dallas Pageant must be at least a high school senior and be between 17 and 24 years old. The competition consists of a 10-minute private interview, stage appearances in a swimsuit and evening wear, a talent presentation and an on-stage question. Miss Dallas winners compete in the Miss Texas Pageant.
Miss Dallas Outstanding Teen
Miss Dallas Outstanding Teen (missdallas.org) is the teenage version of the Miss Dallas Competition and has a similar structure. It is also part of the Miss America Organization, and winners compete in the Miss Texas Outstanding Teen Pageant and the Miss America Outstanding Teen Pageant. To qualify, contestants must be in at least eighth grade and may not have graduated high school yet, unless it is an early graduation. They must be between 13 and 17 years old. The competition consists of a six-minute private interview and stage appearances in aerobic wear and evening wear, a talent presentation and an on-stage question.
Texas Southern Celebrity
Texas Southern Celebrity (arsoutherncelebrityproductions.yolasite.com) is part of Southern Celebrity Productions, a regional pageant system with competitions in Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. The Texas pageant is held in Dallas. Both girls and boys are eligible to compete. There is no age limit, although contestants compete in divisions with others their own age. The competition offers two pageants, Southern Celebrity Awards and Fabulous Faces Pageant, which occur simultaneously. Both pageants consist of stage appearances in beauty wear and beach wear and a talent presentation. Each pageant offers the same titles, including Overall Grand Supreme, Mini Supreme, Overall Beauty, Overall Personality, Glitz and Natural Photogenic Awards, Overall Beach Wear, Overall Talent and Division King and Queen Titles. Winners are eligible to compete in the Mini-Nationals in Las Vegas.
Miss Dallas USA
Miss Dallas USA (missdallaspageant.com) is affiliated with the Miss USA Competition. Contestants must be U.S. citizens, Texas residents and between 18 and 27 years old. Contestants must also be single and never married; they must never have given birth and must not be parents. The competition consists of three equally-weighted divisions: swimsuit/fitness, evening gown and personal interview. The competition also requires two color photos with the application. Beauty pageant experience is not required. Winners of the Miss Dallas USA Pageant compete in the Miss Texas USA and Miss USA pageants.
Miss Dallas Teen USA
Miss Dallas Teen USA (missdallaspageant.com) is the teenage counterpart to the Miss Dallas USA Pageant. Contestants must be between the ages of 14 and 19, U.S. citizens and Texas residents. They must also be single and never married; they must never have given birth and must not be parents. Contestants are judged on their performance in swimsuit/fitness, personal interview and evening gown appearances. Along with their applications, contestants must submit two color photos of themselves. No beauty pageant experience is necessary. Miss Dallas Teen USA winners compete in the Miss Texas Teen USA and Miss Teen USA Competitions.
Mrs. Dallas - Fort Worth America
Mrs. Dallas-Fort Worth America (mrsnorthtexasamerica.blogspot.com) is part of the Mrs. America Pageant System and leads to the Mrs. Texas Competition and the Mrs. America Competition. Contestants must reside in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area and must be married. There is no age limit or requirement for length of marriage. No previous pageant experience is necessary.
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