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Become a Miss Contestant

The Road to Miss California starts here!

Are you the next Miss California?

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About the Competition

The iconic Miss California Competition will celebrate its 100th Anniversary in June 2024! We are a Miss America State Organization that has changed with the times as women and their roles in society have evolved. Through participation in our state and local programs, contestants have opportunities to advocate for their own initiatives that impact society, earn scholarships, and participate in numerous achievement opportunities. Are you about growth in leadership skills, talent, communication skills and educational scholarships? Join us! To become a Miss California delegate, you may enter and win a local competition, or you may enter the Miss California Competition directly as an At-Large contestant. All of the information you need to get started is right here.

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Phases of Competition

The Miss California Competition is composed of five phases:

  1. Private Interview with the Selection Panel - 30%

  2. Onstage Conversation - 10%

  3. Performing Arts Talent/HERStory - 20%

  4. Evening Gown - 20%

  5. Health and Fitness - 20%

Each contestant must have a Community Service Initiative (CSI) that she will advocate during her time of service.

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Eligibility Requirements


  • Contestant’s birth year must be 1996 through 2006.

  • Contestants whose birth year is 2006 may choose to compete as Miss or Teen.


Must fulfill ONE of the following:

  • Must reside in the license area of the local competition

  • Be enrolled in and physically attending classes on a full-time basis at an accredited college or university within the license area of the local competition

  • Be employed on a full-time basis within the license area of the local competition

Defined license area info is described on the Local Competitions pages. Competitions described as "open statewide" are available to any eligible candidate in the state of California.


  • Must be a citizen of the United States of America

Too young? Check out our Miss California’s OT Program.

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Additional Requirements

  • Register for participation in the Miss America Organization ($39.99/year). 

  • Pay participation fees required by the local and/or state organization.

  • Meet character criteria set forth by the Miss America Organization.

  • Be able to meet the time commitment and job responsibilities. 

  • Be proficient in Social Media

Ready to get started?

Please join us as a contestant! To begin the registration process and start your journey to becoming the next Miss California or Miss America, please complete the form below.

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