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Become a Teen Contestant

TYPES OF PAGEANTS:

Open Pageants: You must be a resident or full-time student (public, private, or homeschooled) in the state of Illinois for at least six months prior to the date of the competition.

Closed Pageants: You must be a resident or full-time student in a specific geographic area in Illinois for at least six months prior to the date of the competition.

Fair and Festival Titleholders: A contestant currently holding a fair or festival title that does NOT lead to another state or national competition is eligible to compete as an At-Large titleholder at the Miss Illinois’ Outstanding Teen Competition.

At Large Contestants: If you compete in a local for the 2018 Miss Illinois’ Outstanding Teen Competition and do not win, or do not have the opportunity to compete at a local, you have the option to pay a fee and compete at the State Competition.

ARE YOU THE NEXT MISS ILLINOIS’ OUTSTANDING TEEN?

To compete in the Miss Illinois’ Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant, a contestant must first win a local preliminary pageant. Some locals are open and some have specific geographic eligibility requirements, based on where you live or attend school.

Step 1: Find a Local Pageant in Your Area
To find a local pageant in your area, visit our Local Pageants page.

Step 2: Determine Your Eligibility
To be eligible to compete, you must be a young lady between the ages of 13 (by the state pageant in June) and 17. (You cannot be 18 before July 31 in the year of the state pageant.) You must also be a resident of Illinois or attend school full-time in Illinois. And you must not be eligible to compete in the Miss America Competition.

For a detailed list of eligibility requirements, click here.

Areas of Competition:
• Private Interview
• Active Wear
• Talent
• Evening Gown
• On-Stage Question
• Scholastic Achievement

The road to Miss America’s Outstanding Teen begins in a town near you. To find your local pageant in Illinois, visit the Local Pageants page.