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.

  • Open Division (18+ Years of Age)
  • Classic Division (35+ Years of Age)
  • Masters Division (45+ Years of Age)

The Open, Classic and Masters Divisions may include from one to three height classes based upon the number of competitors in each Division as determined following check-in at the show. Contestants must be at least 18 years of age. No minors are permitted regardless of parental consent.

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. Sample competitor images are presented for reference.

There is one competitive round at Figure Univere in which competitors must wear a two piece swimsuit. Competitors will walk in a ‘H’ or ‘T’ configuration (depending upon the stage design). Judges will call for quarter turns when contestants must present an erect and stiff body posture.  Finally, judges will line-up all contestants in their respective height classes and call for group comparisons. Shoes must be a standard high heel and no clog to exaggerate a competitor’s height.


All contestants will be equally and fairly judged within their division and classes. This will include (1) an individual ‘T’ or Spotlight Walk on stage and (2) in group line-up for quarter turns and mandatory & freestyle posing. Judges will be looking for fit contestants who display proper shape and symmetry combined with muscularity and overall condition. This is not a bodybuilding contest so extreme muscularity should be marked down. Figure Universe judging criteria is based upon four, equally scored categories:

  • Symmetry – 25%
  • Body Condition – 25%
  • Appearance – 25%
  • Posing & Presence – 25%

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.

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.