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Top 10 Preteen Pageants of 2017

It is the most wonderful time of the year. Well, for Pageant Planet, that is! January is our biggest recap month for all your favorites. From pageants to headshots to gowns, we have your Best in Pageantry 2017 lists for each category narrowed down. Today, I am sharing the top 10 Preteen pageants of 2017.

Top 10 Preteen Pageants of 2017

10. Heart Shine Foundation Pageant

Based in California, this system has numerous age divisions, ranging from Preteen (8-11) all the way up to Mrs. and Ms. divisions, even hosting an Elite (60+) division. The mission of the foundation is to encourage sisterhood, leadership and opportunity while fostering the growth of each young girl’s interests, goals, platforms and talents.

The Heart Shine pageant helps young women develop poise, interview skills and confidence through the on-stage competitions as well as volunteer efforts. The pageant system works with numerous charity and philanthropic organizations, ranging from the Boys and Girls Club to Relay for Life to the Make a Wish Foundation.

Miss Heartshine Royalty visiting Disneyland. Photo: Heart Shine Events Facebook
Miss Heart Shine Royalty visiting Disneyland. Photo: Heart Shine Events Facebook

9. Miss American Royalty USA

The Miss American Royalty USA program is a Christian-based organization that has 16 age divisions. The Preteen division has state representatives that attend the national pageant. This year’s pageant will be hosted in Orlando, Florida, from July 19-22, 2018.

Some delegates are chosen via a state pageant, whereas some are chosen at-large (possibly because no pageant was held in that respective state).

According to the website, the Miss American Royalty USA pageant holds firm to building character, courage, confidence and the desire to make a difference in communities across the country. This would be a great stepping-stone and learning opportunity for the Preteen in your life!

Miss American Royalty USA Pageant. Photo: Pageant Planet
Miss American Royalty USA Pageant. Photo: Pageant Planet

8. Royal International Miss Pageant

This system has numerous age divisions and strives to blend glamour and elegance while simultaneously empowering young women by giving them the opportunity to grow and develop a positive self-image through onstage competition, scholarships and community service.

Phases of required competition include interview, fashion wear and evening gown, with optional phases that include talent, photogenic and casual wear, among others.

The international pageant has both appointed titles for those states without a pageant as well as pageants held at the state level to choose delegates to send to the international pageant held in Orlando, Florida.

Royal International Miss Preteen, 2017. Photo: Royal International Miss
Royal International Miss Preteen 2017, Bryanna Forbes. Photo: Royal International Miss

7. Junior Miss Galaxy International 

With divisions ranging from Preteen up to Mrs. divisions, this system definitely has an emphasis on personal growth while also developing each girl or young woman’s style and glamour. However, this system calls the Preteen age as Junior Miss, as it encompasses ages 6-14.

According to the organization’s website, Miss Galaxy International’s mission is to “emphasize beauty, style and cultural appreciation. The Galaxy International Pageant is a personal development opportunity for women of all nations.”

The annual international pageant took place in July of 2017 and will most likely happen again in summer of 2018 in Florida.

Jr. Miss Galaxy 2018, Reese Caldwell. Photo: Surreal Photography
Jr. Miss Galaxy 2018, Reese Caldwell. Photo: Surreal Photography

6. National Miss American Coed Preteen Pageant

National Miss American Coed is a scholarship pageant system for girls and young women between the ages of 3 and 22 and was founded in 1983. One unique feature of this system is that there is never makeup worn by any contestant under the age of 13 during any required phase of the competition. The organization prides itself on family values and age-appropriateness.

The required phases of competition are interview, interview wear/introduction on stage and evening wear. Plus, there are numerous optional phases of competition, including talent.

Delegates are chosen by state pageants or appointed if a state does not have a pageant, and the Preteen age division is for girls ages 10-12.

Miss American Coed Preteen 2017, Vanessa Ramos. Photo: Miss American Coed
Miss American Coed Preteen 2017, Vanessa Ramos. Photo: Miss American Coed

5. Miss Royalty International Preteen 

The Miss Royalty International Preteen pageant accepts girls ages 10-12 for this division and does allow for age-appropriate makeup, with discretion.

Each age division awards three queens at the open regional pageant and the phases of competition are evening gown, interview and fun fashion. At the Midwest Royalty International Pageant (tentatively scheduled for July 5-8, 2018, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin), two queens will be awarded in each age division.

The program does not qualify to be a scholarship program, but they do give away thousands of dollars in both cash awards and prize packages, not to mention gifts and services.

Miss Royalty International Preteen 2018, Sienna Peck. Photo: Dan Daverney
Miss Royalty International Preteen 2018, Sienna Peck. Photo: Dan Duverney

4. USA National Miss Preteen 

There are three areas of competition for this system: Interview, runway and evening gown. This system has numerous age divisions in conjunction with the Preteen division, and it is also a scholarship program.

The national pageant will be held in Orlando, Florida, and the delegates are chosen from each state’s respective pageant or appointed if a state does not have a pageant.

USA National Miss Preteen 2017, Gabriela Norwood, won her title last year in Orlando while representing her home state of Georgia.

USA National Miss Preteen 2017, Gabriela Norwood. Photo: USA National Miss
USA National Miss Preteen 2017, Gabriela Norwood. Photo: USA National Miss

3. Cinderella International Scholarship Pageant

The Preteen division of the Cinderella International Scholarship Pageant is actually called the Miss division, but the age range is from 10-12. The phases of competition are interview, party wear modeling, formal wear modeling, casual wear modeling and photogenic.

The Cinderella International Scholarship Pageant was founded in 1976 and has awarded millions of dollars in scholarships to young women both in the United States and abroad. The system is based on a three-tiered level of advancement with local competitions that advance to state programs, which then award delegates to advance to the international level of competition.

This year’s international pageant will be held July 20-27 in Dallas, Texas.

Cinderella Miss 2017, Isabel Hallows. Photo: The Richfield Reaper
Cinderella Miss 2017, Isabel Hallows. Photo: The Richfield Reaper

2. National American Miss

National American Miss is one of the largest pageant systems in the country, with its Preteen division being no exception. The age division is for girls 10-12 and has four phases of required competitions that include formal wear, personal introduction, interview and community involvement.

One feature that stands out for this system is the no-makeup policy for the Preteen division in an effort to promote positive self-image by focusing on natural beauty both inside and out. If judges can notice makeup, then points will be deducted from the score.

The national delegates are chosen at the state level unless there is no state pageant held, in which case a representative can be appointed. The national pageant takes place in November annually in Disneyland, located in Anaheim, California.

National American Miss Preteen 2018, Hannah Daffron. Photo: National American Miss Instagram
National American Miss Preteen 2018, Hannah Daffron. Photo: National American Miss Instagram

1. International Junior Miss

Known for the numerous scholarships awarded to young women every year, this program has age divisions from 4 through 24, with the Preteen age being 10-12.

The organization allows natural, light makeup for the junior divisions, which includes the Preteen age group. The required areas of competition include evening gown, fun fashion and interview, with numerous optional competitions, including a talent competition.

Delegates are chosen via a state pageant or appointed if no pageant is held in a state. The international pageant will take place from July 2-7, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas.

International Junior Miss Preteen 2017, Fallon Farr. Photo: International Junior Miss
International Junior Miss Preteen 2017, Fallon Farr. Photo: International Junior Miss

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2 thoughts on “Top 10 Preteen Pageants of 2017

  1. I think it’s worth noting that the Cinderella Pageant also has talent competition!

  2. Kind of bummed that Our Little Miss isn’t included in this list.

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