Your age division is determined by your age and marital status on January 1 of the year of the National pageant. The director reserves the right to move a contestant up or down one age division to accommodate a contestant's individual circumstances. Each situation will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis at the director's discretion. If a contestant falls within 30 days of aging up to the next division, the contestant can elect to stay in the younger age division at state and continue in that age division for nationals.
Contestants in all categories, except for the Mrs, Ms, & Elegant Ms divisions, must be unmarried. Contestants can be married or unmarried in the Ms and Elegant Ms divisions. Contestants in the Mrs. division must be engaged or married by January 1 of the year of the National pageant. If you are engaged as of January 1 of the year of Nationals, then you must be married before the National pageant.
Optional awards and side awards may combine age divisions if there are not enough contestants participating. In order to award for a single age division, there needs to be a minimum of five contestants participating in the optional or side competition. Age divisions will be combined for awards according to the director's discretion. The main queen title will never be combined, and will be given for each age division. In the event there is not a separate excellence contestant competing for the national excellence title, that title will be given to the first runner up on the national side.
MAKEUP & OUTFIT GUIDELINES
Baby, Tiny, Princess age divisions are not allowed to wear makeup. Contestants in our Sweetheart age division are allowed minimal makeup consisting of lip gloss, light mascara, and pressed powder for shine only; some concealer is okay if needed. Pre-Teen and Older Age Divisions are allowed age appropriate makeup, but not overdone. We are a natural pageant, we want to see the natural you shine through. Contestants may not wear flippers or wigs, unless there is a medical reason and they have informed the director. Minimal hair extensions are allowed in the Jr. Teen age divisions and above. Spray tans are allowed in Sweetheart - Elegant Ms. divisions as long as they look natural; please no orange or dark tans.
We are a family friendly competition, please only age appropriate outfits. Anything revealing or sexy is absolutely not allowed. No contestant can wear gowns or outfits with upper thigh-high slits, cutouts showing too much skin, mini-skirts, or deep plunging necklines revealing too much cleavage. Strapless gowns, and gowns with modest sweeps, are allowed in the Pre-Teen and above divisions. Contestants in the Teen and above divisions are allowed to have a modest slit in their gown. Two piece gowns are allowed as long as they are modest and sophisticated, and not sexy or too revealing.
Costumes used for talent optionals must be age appropriate and family friendly. Anything overtly vulgar or sexually explicit will not be allowed. All music must be family friendly.
Any makeup or outfit violation will result in an automatic point deduction. In extreme cases the Directors may choose to not allow the contestant to compete until the violation is corrected.
National cash award is given 1/2 after crowning and 1/2 after crowning the next year. You must meet all the requirements of your reign and return to crown your successor in order to receive the second half of your cash award. If there are less than 5 contestants in your age division at the time of crowning, you will receive a prorated cash award depending on the final number in your division. National Excellence Queens and Princess Program National Queens do not receive a cash award or additional special sponsor gifts. All other prizes and gifts listed on the awards page will be given to both national and national excellence queens and are not contingent on a full court of 5 members. The director reserves the right to substitute an award or gift of equal value if that item is not available at the time of crowning.
State Queens are required to complete 7 quality appearances and return to state to crown your successor. State Excellence Queens are required to complete 4 quality appearances (they are not required to return to state to crown, but they are welcome to return if they wish). National Queens and National Excellence Queens are required to complete 12 quality appearances (one a month) and return to nationals to crown their successor. National Princess Program Queens are required to complete 8 quality appearances. The definition of a quality appearance is that you are actively promoting the system by either performing community service, passing out cards or flyers, speaking in public about the system, or engaging in recruiting contestants in some way. Any other type of appearance will not count towards your required appearances. We consider the main job of our queens is to be the ambassadors for our system and actively engage in the pursuit of promoting their titles and the system. We encourage combining community service with actively promoting the system; such as speaking about your title at a fundraiser for charity. Please note, a quality appearance takes time and cannot be accomplished by taking a picture in front of a building and passing out a couple of flyers. Each appearance should take time and thoughtful preparation. All appearances must be submitted to the national office (via the appearance form) and posted on your social media account within 30 days of the appearance.
Do not make an appearance at another pageant system and try to recruit contestants, that is considered rude and frowned upon by everyone in the pageant community. This is not considered a quality appearance unless the director of that system allows you to announce your title on stage (or be recognized in some way), wear your crown and sash, and pass out cards (only if you are approached - never actively recruit contestants at another pageant system). Always be respectful of other pageant systems, and contact the director before attending to ask about their particular rules; for instance, can you wear both your crown and sash, or is it sash only, can you hand out an autograph card if you are approached, etc. If you are judging the pageant and the director of that pageant allows you to talk a little about your title and/or write about your title in your judge's bio that would be considered a quality appearance.
We do not have a no-compete clause, you may have as many titles as you like with other pageant systems. However, if you are one of our National Queens or National Excellence Queens we do expect American Royal Beauties to be your first priority before any of your other titles. Always check with the director first to make sure your other titles will not interfere with your national title.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Bad sportsmanship and gossip will not be tolerated and are cause for disqualification during a competition, and in extreme cases the loss of your title if you are a reigning queen. We take this very seriously and have zero tolerance for inappropriate behavior of any kind. Any contestant that is disqualified or queen that has her title revoked for this reason will be banned from competition for a period of one year, a second incident will result in permanently being banned from competition.
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