INTRODUCTION, QUALIFICATIONS, ENTRY APPLICATION & JUDGING CRITERIA
Model Universe is for attractive women and men from around the world. Contestants must have stunning looks, an athletic body and know how to present themselves in a sexy and marketable manner for the judging panel and live & television audience. Contestants must be in good mental & physical health and do not need any stage, runway, photo, video, commercial or any other modeling experience. There are no prescribed height and/or weight limitations.
There are five divisions depending upon gender and age, as follows:
- Fashion Model Women
- Fashion Model Men
- Fitness Model Women
- Fitness Model Men
- Muscle Model Men
All contestants will be required to perform a runway style presentation in all 3 of the following Competition Rounds.
- Sportswear*- Active sports apparel appropriate for athletics; Theme selection welcome.
- Swimsuit* - Women in two piece style and heels; Men in one color suit (no patterns or logos) and bare feet.
- Clubwear* - Night and social lifestyle.
*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.
The judging criteria will be scored upon the following considerations:
- Physical Appearance - 25%
- Photogenics - 25%
- Apparel -25%
- Apparel Integration -25%
The Official Judging Panel will consist of recognized and respected professionals from talent, commercial, modeling and sports agencies and respected entertainment executives, apparel designers, choreographers will serve. Judges will represent the Hollywood, New York, Miami Beach, London, Paris and/or Milan markets. To help prevent judging bias and contestant influence, a complete list of judges will not be announced before June 1.
MEDIA & PUBLICITY
Each year, sports, fashion, commercial and modeling photographers and fashion, consumer, sport and other magazines from the US and around the world attend the Model Universe Championships seeking new talent for commercial, editorial, promotion and other campaigns and features. Also, highlights are featured on ESPN International and other sports television networks. Contestant photo sessions may be selected by each media representative but cleared through Model America management so as not to conflict with event schedules and contestant obligations. All Model America contestants will be part of a poolside and beach media sessions which will be included in international television, magazine and internet promotions. For more information, see Publicity.