Who We Are

We are the Miss USA Organization, a globally-recognized pageant platform that celebrates the unique beauty of women across all cultures. We remain relevant in mainstream culture, as we connect young women to their own beauty and help activate their voice.

We are a sisterhood in arms, a family of movers and shakers in beauty and business, poised to positively impact the status of women by bringing pageants to the everyday lives of everyday Americans.

The Pageant

The Miss Rhode Island USA and Miss Rhode Island Teen USA Pageants are looking for diverse young women who are not only beautiful, but intelligent and willing to share their hearts and minds as ambassadors to our state and nation. Winning titles of this magnitude catapults young women to instant fame where they simultaneously become role models. There is no end to the possibilities and opportunities that await, and their year as titleholders is certain to be one full of personal growth and development.

Rules & Eligibility

  • A United States citizen
  • A medically recognized female
  • A resident or full-time college student  or retain full time employment (40 hours per week) in the state of Rhode Island
  • TEEN ONLY: Must not be married, never have been married, and never have had a marriage annulled. Must never have given birth to a child, cannot be pregnant or be a parent or guardian of any other adult or minor person. These representations and warranties must remain true through the State Pageant and, if you win the State Pageant, through the 2023 national pageant.

Age divisions

  • To become MISS USA you must at least 18 years old and be born in the year 2005 or before.
  • To become MISS TEEN USA you must be born between the years of 2005-2009.
  • If you were born in 2005 you are eligible to compete in either division.

The Scoring

3 Equal Competition Phases:  
⅓ Fitness, ⅓ Evening Gown, ⅓ Interview

Each contestant will compete in three equal phases of preliminary competition: Interview, Activewear (Teen)/Swimsuit (Miss), and Evening Gown.

The results from these preliminary phases of competition are weighted equally, and the contestants with the highest composite scores become semifinalists.


There is no performing talent competition. No previous pageant experience is necessary.

Swimsuit / Activewear

Attention is focused on beauty of the face, figure, physical fitness, stage presence and the confidence with which each contestant carries herself. Numerical measurements are not considered in the judging.

Evening Gown

Each contestant wears a gown she has chosen for herself. Attention is focused on each contestant’s overall appearance, self-confidence, and the beauty she brings to the gown of her choice. Judges are instructed to evaluate the contestant, not the dress she is wearing.


Pageant judges spend time with each delegate to learn about her successes, talents, goals, and ambitions. Preliminary interviews are conducted individually in front of the judging panel in a private and closed setting. You will have a two to three-minute interview with the panel of judges.


We are accepting applications NOW for the upcoming competition early next year! There is no experience necessary! Anyone ages 14 and older are welcome to apply! Use the APPLY button below to submit your application. There is no fee or obligation to apply! Apply now