Frequently Asked Questions
HOW CAN I ENTER THE MR. UNITED STATES PAGEANT?
Potential contestants can apply to enter the Mr. United States Pageant in person at one of the national tour casting calls, or via the online submission link which will be available beginning September 1, 2016. Apply to Become a 2017 Contestant Here.
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. United States Contestants must be at least 19 years of age and no older than 34 years of age as of January 1, 2017. 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, 2017.
CAN I BE MARRIED OR HAVE CHILDREN?
Mr. United States contestants can be married and have children. Mr. Teen United States contestants cannot be married. Teens must not have ever been married, not had a marriage annulled nor parented a child. Teen titleholders are also required to remain unmarried without children throughout their reign.
IS THE MR. UNITED STATES COMPETITION A GAY PAGEANT?
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. Category judging is inclusive of professionalism, which includes a level of masculine presentation in a male pageant of this origin.
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. Titleholders should exude a physically healthy lifestyle.
CAN I COMPETE MORE THAN ONCE?
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, but must wait a minimum of one year after the completion of his reign before competing.
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 an automatic placement into the Top 12. Only the winner of the Talent Category will automatically advance. 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 talent.
WHAT IS THE JUDGING CRITERIA FOR MR. UNITED STATES & MR. TEEN UNITED STATES?
Contestants compete in the following judged categories: Private Interview, Fitness/Swimwear, Runway Fashion, Formalwear, Community Platform, & On-Stage Question. Contestants can also earn an automatic position in the finals via the optional Talent Competition and the optional People's Choice Competition.
WHAT DOES MR. UNITED STATES AND MR. TEEN UNITED STATES DO AFTER THEY ARE 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, winners must meet for a more in depth meeting to review additional information regarding appearances, organizational policies, and other scheduling details regarding the job. Both winners are allowed to have two individuals present in both meetings. The titleholders spend their reign representing their platforms, traveling, recruiting future contestants, raising awareness and funds for the organization and charitable alliances.