Frequently Asked Questions
HOW CAN I ENTER THE MR. UNITED STATES PAGEANT?
Potential contestants can apply to enter the 2020 Mr. United States Pageant via the online submission link which will be available beginning October 11, 2019. The submission link is located on the MUS Website, MUS Instagram, & MUS Facebook Page. Apply to Become a 2020 Contestant Here
ARE THERE NEW DIVISIONS?
Yes! MUS has decided to add a third titleholder to the nation’s gentleman family - Mr. United States Esquire! The organization narrowed the difference in competitive age by creating a third national titleholder position specifically for gentlemen further along in their careers. Mr. United States Esquire will now target more established career gentlemen; Mr. United States will now embrace a driven focus towards collegiate, recent post-collegiate, and early career gentlemen; and Mr. Teen United States will continue to be a platform designed for high school and first-year college gentlemen. (Attending or graduating from college is not a pre-requisite to compete in any division. The above-mentioned descriptions use collegiate references strictly for age-range purposes.)
ARE THERE AGE REQUIREMENTS?
Yes. Contestants must meet the division age requirements by the commencement of the year they hope to compete in the national pageant. Mr. Teen United States Contestants must be at least 14 years of age and no older than 18 years of age as of January 1, 2020. Mr. United States Contestants must be at least 19 years of age and no older than 26 years of age as of January 1, 2020. Mr. United States Esquire Contestants must be at least 27 years of age and no older than 35 years of age as of January 1, 2020.
CAN I BE MARRIED OR HAVE CHILDREN?
Mr. United States and Mr. United States Esquire Contestants can be married and/or have children. Mr. Teen United States Contestants must not have ever been married, not had a marriage annulled nor parented a child. Teen national winners are also required to remain unmarried without children throughout their reign.
IS THE MR. UNITED STATES PAGEANT DESIGNED TO TARGET MALES OF A SPECIFIC SEXUAL ORIENTATION?
No. The Mr. United States Organization does not use, promote, discriminate, advocate, or factor its selection of contestants and/or winners based on sexual orientation. Gender identification rules require participants to be an individual assigned ‘male’ at birth, and for whom that is consistent with how they identify. All categoric judging includes a merit of Presentation. Each category’s presentational merit includes a variety of traits including strong posture, confidence, distinguished personality, etc. National winners will have the option to compete internationally; whereas, all system affiliates prescribe to the same rules and standards of gender identity and presentation. A full list of scoring criteria for each competitive category can be reviewed online. MTUS/MUS/MUSE Score Sheets
IS THE MR. UNITED STATES PAGEANT A FITNESS COMPETITION?
No. The Mr. United States Organization is not a fitness/modeling competition. The Fitness/Swimwear Category is one percentage component of the overall score, and encompasses each contestant’s confidence and physique. Contestants should exude a physically healthy lifestyle, and possess a genuine passion to excel as a community servant.
CAN I COMPETE MORE THAN ONCE?
Yes. Contestants may compete more than once; however, contestants who win their division cannot ever compete again in the same division. Teen winners can compete for Mr. United States and Mr. United States Esquire, but must wait a minimum of one year after the completion of his reign before competing. Mr. United States winners can compete for Mr. United States Esquire, but must wait a minimum of one year after the completion of his reign before competing. Individuals selected as MUS Ambassadors must also wait a minimum of one year after the completion of their year of service before competing again.
AM I REQUIRED TO HAVE A PAGEANT COACH?
No. While some feel more prepared when they work with an experienced pageant coach who can give them tips, many men have been successful without any outside training. The Mr. United States Organization provides multiple workshops for individuals interested in pageant training.
DO I HAVE TO COMPETE IN TALENT? DOES IT AFFECT MY PRELIMINARY SCORE IF I DO NOT COMPETE IN TALENT?
No and No. The Talent Category is strictly an optional competition designed to offer one gentleman in each division an automatic placement into the Top 9. Scores are not carried over from Talent into any other phase of competition. Preliminary scores are not affected in any manner by a contestant’s participation or lack of participation in the Talent Category.
IS THE JUDGING CRITERIA DIFFERENT IN ANY WAY FOR MR. TEEN UNITED STATES, MR. UNITED STATES, & MR. UNITED STATES ESQUIRE?
All contestants compete in the following preliminary judged categories: Private Interview, Fitness/Swimwear, Runway Fashion, Formalwear, and Community Platform. The Top 3 Finalists in each division will also compete in On-Stage Question. Wardrobe requirements/restrictions differ slightly between the divisions. Private Interview and On-Stage Question topics are also tailored to the age range of each division. Lastly, there are several overall awards that consider contestants from all three divisions: People’s Choice Award, Social Activism Award, Community Service Award, Gentleman of the Year Award, and the Mr. Congenial Gentleman Award.
WHAT SHOULD EACH NATIONAL TITLEHOLDER BE PREPARED FOR IMMEDIATELY AFTER HE IS CROWNED?
After the winners are crowned, they remain on stage for photos. Shortly afterwards, they are escorted into a private meeting to discuss media details and organizational contracts. The following morning begins the first day of operations known as MUS Media Day. Winners commence the morning with a more in depth meeting to review additional information regarding appearances, organizational policies, and other scheduling details regarding the job. Each titleholder is allowed two individuals to be present in both meetings. All three winners must be prepared to remain in the host city for the duration of MUS Media Day for a follow-up video/photo shoot as well as additional press initiatives.
IS THERE A SPECIFIC TYPE OF GUY THE ORGANIZATION IS LOOKING FOR THIS YEAR?
While there are certainly character traits and leadership qualities the organization deems to be impactful assets, there is no specific type of guy necessarily preferred for the job. Each titleholder uniquely spends his reign sharing his personal platform as well as the organizational platform with communities nationwide. This year’s Nation’s Gentleman should be creatively prepared to grow the organization with increased exposure, engage underserved communities, recruit future contestants, raise awareness and funds for the organization and its charitable alliances, and offer a fresh perspective of what it means to be a national ambassador and role model for his generation.