USA National Miss Sweetheart
Optional Preliminary Pageant
This is a natural pageant where contestants will be given the opportunity to be in the spotlight and learn more about UNM with its focus on positive pageantry and the official national platform, Inspire. All contestants in every age division will compete in a formal wear competition. The judges will be looking for a young lady who exudes confidence, grace, elegance, and charm on stage. Girls will be allowed to pose in their gowns at two points during their formal wear walk, which allows them a chance to show their personality and impress the judges.
All contestants introduce themselves to the judges on stage. The Junior Division contestants ages 4–12 will be required to state their name. They can also share a fun fact about themselves, but this is optional. The Senior Division contestants ages 13-24 will be required to state their name and share some fun facts about themselves. There is 30-second maximum time allowance for the introduction. Judges may deduct points for introductions that exceed 30 seconds. Judges will be looking for personality and stage presence during the introduction.
All contestants will answer an on-stage question. The question for the Jr. Princess and Princess contestants will be provided in advance. An example is, “What is your favorite Disney princess?”
Gown styles may be full length, cocktail, or high low and should be age appropriate (e.g., no slits or bare midriffs for younger contestants). Judges will be looking for a gown that is not too big, too short, too long, or too tight, but one that fits well and is flattering to the contestant. Choose a gown and shoes that you love, but ones that allow you to walk on the stage elegantly and make you feel beautiful and confident.
For contestants younger than 12, no makeup is encouraged as this is a natural pageant; however, light mascara and lip gloss are permitted. Jr. Teen, Teen, and Miss divisions are permitted to wear full makeup, hair extensions, and spray tans.
Jr. Princess 4–6
Jr. Teen 13-15
The age at the time of the pageant determines each contestant’s age division.
Casual Wear: $25
Any trendy outfit that you would purchase at the mall or a boutique. Please, no costumes.
Cover Model (most photogenic*): $25 Second Cover Model entry: $20
Prettiest Hair: $15
Prettiest Smile: $15
Best Personality: $15
If you register for all five (5) optional events, the discounted price for all 5 entries is $75.
*Cover model picture should be a 5X7 or 8X10 and will be turned in at registration the day of the event. Please include contestant name and age division on the back of the photo. Picture may include headshots or full body. Photos should be of good quality and clarity. Judges will be looking for personality, fashion sense, confidence, and beauty. Photos will be returned at the end of the pageant near the venue entrance. Contestants are responsible for picking up their photos.
Registration and Payment:
Registration for the USA National Miss Sweetheart Preliminary Pageant will be available beginning June 1, 2021. The deadline to enter is August 6, 2021. All fees are due by this date.
Each contestant will receive one free ticket for a guest to attend the event. This ticket will be provided at registration with your welcome packet. Additional tickets may be purchased at the door the day of the event for $10. Ticket availability will be on a first come, first serve basis.
The USA National Miss Sweetheart Preliminary Pageant winner in each age division will receive a beautiful crown, sash, trophy, surprise gift bag, and a $200 credit towards the entry fee to the USA National Miss Ohio Pageant in December, if they choose to compete. All contestants will receive a participation trophy. The Casual Wear and Cover Model optional winners in each age division will receive a trophy. Prettiest hair, smile, and best personality in each age division will receive a medallion. The Ohio Sweetheart Pageant is non-binding, contract free, and a great opportunity to practice your skills prior to the upcoming state pageant season. For more information about USA National Miss, visit usanationalmiss.com
All contestants must be between the ages of 4–24, reside in Ohio, Michigan, or West Virginia, be in good moral standing, and never have been married. Additional eligibility rules will apply to compete at the state level pageant.
Important Scoring Information:
USA National Miss uses Tally Genie which is a tabulation software. Competition scores are calculated continually as the judges post their individual scores online. The judges will score the contestants as follows:
Community Service Donation* (20%)
Formal Wear (40%)
On Stage Question (20%)
*All contestants are asked to donate one item for the Fairfield Area Humane Society. Donations may include cat or dog food, toys, litter, or fleece throws. For a full list of donation items, visit fairhuman.org. The donation of one item will automatically include a 20% for this portion of the scoring.
Due to the worldwide pandemic of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the USA National Miss Sweetheart Preliminary Pageant, produced by Mulinex Productions, LLC, is following the guidelines and adhering to the mandates imposed by federal, state, and local governments. By participating in this event, you freely assume all risks, both known and unknown, related to you and your child.
One wristband will be given to each contestant to be used by one female chaperone in the dressing room. There are absolutely no males allowed in the dressing room. No photos are allowed in the dressing room. Steamers are allowed in the dressing room. Curling and flat irons are only permitted in the restroom areas. If you have a hair and makeup person with you, an additional wristband will be issued for this person.
Chris Hawks is the official photographer and will be selling photo packages at registration. No photography is allowed during the USA National Miss Sweetheart Preliminary Pageant. Contestants will be permitted to take pictures outside of the event space or in the designated photo area at the front of the facility where the backdrop is located.
214 Studios will be the official videographer and will be selling a discounted video package for the full USA National Miss Sweetheart Preliminary Pageant in advance of the pageant. The discounted price is $80. If you opt to order the video package at registration the day of the pageant or after the video is $120.
Hair & Makeup Services:
Christina Perez, Owner of Final Touches Shear Beauty will be available for appointments. Please contact Christina at or 516-816-8126.
For additional information, please email the USA National Miss State Director for Ohio, Michigan, and West Virginia, Stacey Mulinex at .
Christian Anthony Valentine is no stranger to the world of performing arts and pageantry as he is the owner/operator of 214 Studios, an event and media production company. Christian is a photographer, videographer and editor for many commercials, independent films and live productions. He is now a member of the faculty at The Ohio Media School. He has also had his share of on the camera action in commercials for CSCC and Target Brands and continues to model for several national companies. He is currently signed by CAM Talent Ohio. Christian has placed in multiple film competitions for his original scores. He was also an All Star Linebacker for the Ohio Swarm and Columbus Gladiators and he is a graduate of the Ohio Center for Broadcasting and currently resides in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.