The Figure Universe format shows have become extremely popular since its introduction in 2005. It offers a competitive forum with a pageantry format for ladies whom have an athletic body with a slightly muscular appearance.
There are three divisions based upon age. However, mature competitors may compete in any age division.
• Open Division (Any Age)
• Classic Division (35+ Years of Age)
• Master Division (45+ Years of Age)
There's one major difference between Ms. Bikini and Figure competitors - body condition. While Ms. Bikini competitors must have an athletic, shapely and sexy appearance, Figure Universe may be slightly muscular, have low body fat but still present a shapely look. Ladies who have a more natural muscular body would best compete in Figure while those with a softer but still toned body best compete in Ms. Bikini.
The Figure Division is a Musclemania event with one 2-piece swimsuit round of competition. Due to the fact it is a Musclemania event, this division is judged by a bodybuilding panel. Competitors will be separated into classes by height, and will be judged both individually during a “T” walk, and in group comparisons. THERE ARE NO MANDATORY POSES OR CALL-OUTS IN THIS DIVISION. The competitors in the Figure Division should have clearly defined musculature, body condition a step up from mainstream appearances, and have the beauty, elegance, and stage presentation of a bikini competitor. Figure competitors are not judged on muscle size, and should not have body condition that is excessively lean or vascular. They also should not have any masculine features to their appearance.
Figure competitors are judged on: Muscle Shape and Body Symmetry (40%), Body Condition (40%), and Overall Appearance (20%). Competitors should have a balanced athletic build, with clearly defined musculature. Size of the muscles is not important in this division like in bodybuilding, but these competitors should still have beautiful symmetry. Conditioning for this division should be a step down from a female bodybuilder, but a step up from a bikini competitor. Excessive leanness and lack of feminine qualities, consistent with bodybuilding, will be penalized. Figure competitors are also judged on their overall appearance. This includes areas such as: stage presentation, hair and make-up, suit selection, feminine qualities, and posing. Competitors should appear confident and elegant, and present themselves in a way which best compliments their physique.
During their individual evaluations, competitors will perform what is called a “T” walk. In this walk, they will stop at four separate locations to present their personality and physique to the judges. When emerging from the wings, they will first stop at the center back portion of the stage. At this spot they should pick their favorite pose to hit for the judges (front, side, back). They will then walk to the center front of the stage and hit their two favorite poses. Some girls choose to do front and back, front and side, or side and back. Any variation will be fine, but the competitor should select the poses that are strongest for their physique. After the center front position, they will proceed either to the right or left side of the stage for their next stop, then across the stage to the opposite side for their last stop. In each of those positions, the competitor should again hit their two best poses. Please remember that when the term “pose” is used, it is NOT referring to bodybuilding mandatory poses. After they complete their last set of poses, they will proceed off-stage until the entire class is finished.
Once the individual evaluations are complete, the class will come back out on stage for group comparisons with quarter turns. This is the Figure Division, so there should be NO MANDATORY BODYBUILDING POSING during any of these quarter turns. Posing in an overly sexual or manner including bending over in a reverse position, moves indicative of a stripper or other provocative body positions and/or movements will result in a deduction of points. Upon a first offense, a warning will be issued. Upon the second offense, a 25% point deduction will be applied. Upon the third offense, the competitor will be immediately disqualified from the competition.In the group comparisons, the competitors will first be asked to face front. In the front position, the competitors must have their heels together and their arms flared at their sides. It is okay if a competitor wishes to put their toes slightly out during this front position. When the competitors take a quarter turn to the right, they can choose to stand in which ever way best suits their physique. The choices are: feet together with arms directly at the sides, feet together with one arm front and one behind, torso twisted to the front with arms at the side, or torso twisted with one or two hands on hips. In the side position the competitor can look to the side or audience. When facing the curtain, a competitor's position should be the same as the front position. It is recommended that the hair be swept off of the back so the judges can properly evaluate the musculature of the upper back. Competitors will then repeat the optional side poses when turned again, and then will face front to complete the turns. Once the first round of quarter turns are complete, the competitors may or may not be moved around in the line-up. Call-outs are not necessary due to the use of criterion judging, but competitors could be placed in a different order so that the judges can compare the musculatures. Once the judges have completed their evaluations, the competitors will be returned to their original numerical order and will then file off-stage.
The two piece swimsuit may have high, side cuts and extremely thin straps to extenuate competitor body lines. However, no thong or 'T' cuts are permitted. This is distinctly different from the more standard swimsuit designs as required in both the Ms. Bikini and Fitness competitions. Sample competitor images are presented for reference.
Figure competitions are judged by bodybuilding trainers, coaches and professional bodybuilders who support natural, drug-free athletics. Alternatively, Ms. Bikini judges are fitness coaches and trainers, talent agents, photographers and others representing mainstream sport disciplines. Prospective competitors contemplating which event to select should consider that the perspective of each set of judges will reflect their experiences and expertise.
Competitors can participate in more than one event if they choose including Ms. Bikini, Figure, Fitness, Model and/or Bodybuilding. Each event will be scored by a completely different panel of judges, so competitors placing in respective events may vary according significantly. A Ladies Event Comparison chart is provided for reference.
DRUG TESTING CRITERIA
Because Figure Universe are natural events, at least 5 competitors among the Top 5 Finalists must be drug tested by urinalysis immediately following their performance at the Finals. If a contestant is tests positive for any of the listed substances, she will be disqualified from the competition, forfeit any prizes and/or rewards and be unable to compete in any Fitness Universe event worldwide for at least 2 years. Also, if a contestant refuses to submit to drug testing or attempts to manipulate and/or alter a urinalysis sample, then he/she will be immediately disqualified from the competition.
View the complete list of Tested and Banned Substances.
|Comprehensive Steroid Panel
all forms of Human Growth Hormone are banned.
Test panel updated periodically to include new prohormones and designer steroids.