8-10, 2015 • Clarksville, TN
From Kim Greenwood / Executive Coordinator
and welcome to our website! I was Miss
Tennessee USA 1989 and can tell you first hand
that being a part of this pageant can be a
life changing experience. I had the great
honor of traveling throughout the state, meeting
wonderful people statewide, and representing
Tennessee at the Miss USA pageant as well as
internationally entertaining the U.S. troops
abroad on USO Tours to seven countries. Looking
back, I realize that my year as Miss Tennessee
USA will always be one of the most dynamic
and positive experiences in my life. However,
I also realize that even if I had never won
the actual title, I would still be a stronger,
more confident, self-assured, and goal oriented
person simply as a result of my participation
in the pageant. I truly believe in the
personal growth and individual development
that is cultivated by one's participation in
the Miss Universe Organization contacted me
in 1992 about assuming the directorship in
the state of Tennessee, my husband and I prayed
about the opportunity and ultimately felt that
it would be a wonderful way for us to give
back to a state that had been very good to
us. I knew first hand that it was a great
program for young women and I have committed
my work to encouraging excellence in young
women for over eleven years now.
focus from the beginning has been for this
program to provide a fair environment in which
young women have the opportunity to better
themselves. I hope the pageant encourages
the contestants to gain self-awareness, self-confidence,
individual pride, and greater social awareness. I
hope each contestant improves their ability
to communicate effectively, to speak in front
of people, and to stand up for what they believe
in. I encourage our contestants to find
issues they feel strongly about, and to become
involved in organizations and causes that speak
to their hearts. Each young lady who
has entered this program has had different
goals and our staff strives hard to assist
each person in their personal quest for excellence.
am pleased that a large number of contestants
each year have never been in a pageant and
they find it to be a rewarding and worthwhile
experience. Many contestants have won
their first time out, and many others return
because of the positive experience they had
in our program. I like to think that
each young woman walks away from our program
a little more ready to deal with the world
around her, and more importantly, the world
ahead of her.
philosophy for the Miss Tennessee USA program
is not about encouraging young women to "win" a
pageant, but to encourage young women to develop
life skills that will ultimately help them
win in life by being their personal best in
everything they do.
Our program certainly has an emphasis on excellence, but we also have an emphasis
on fun! The pageant is a three day event and is scheduled for October 8-10,
2015 in Clarksville, Tennessee.
the first day, the Teen and Miss Contestants
check-in to spend the morning and afternoon
in rehearsals with our choreographer at the
Theater. That evening, the city of Clarksville
will host you for a reception to meet and greet
many of the city's business leaders. Following
the reception, the Mayor of Clarksville will
host a "welcome dinner" for all of
our contestants during which you will also
have the opportunity to listen to a motivational
speaker who will once again drive home the
message of becoming your personal best.
second day is full of rehearsals. Our production
staff includes an incredible choreographer,
set designer and numerous theatrical professionals
who always make the Miss Tennessee USA and
Teen USA Pageants one of the premiere pageant
events in the country. The second day concludes
with the Preliminary Competition in which each
contestant will compete in Swimsuit and Evening
third day begins with the personal interview
competition. During the interviews, each contestant
has the opportunity to meet individually with
each judge for a two minute interview. Each
contestant has the opportunity to convince
the judges she is right for the job of Miss
Tennessee USA or Miss Tennessee Teen USA. Following
the interviews, the contestants return to the
theater for final rehearsals. The Miss Tennessee
Teen USA finals conclude that afternoon and
the Miss Tennessee USA finals conclude that
evening. By the end of the third day, we will
have a new Miss Tennessee USA and Miss Tennessee
winner of the Miss Tennessee USA will advance
to the nationally televised MISS USA Pageant,
and the winner of the Miss Tennessee Teen USA
title will advance to the MISS TEEN USA Pageant.
Should Miss Tennessee USA go on to become Miss
USA, she would then advance to the ultimate
contest ... the internationally televised MISS
Each Contestant will compete in three equal phases of preliminary competition:
swimsuit, evening gown, and interview. The scores from the preliminary phases
of competition are added up, and the contestants with the highest composite
scores become semifinalists. The number of semifinalists will be between 10
and 15, and will be determined by the total number of contestants in the competition.
Scoring is based on the following:
each contestant is evaluated on her physical
fitness, stage-presence, and overall impression.
Gown: each contestant is evaluated on grace,
poise, style, stage presence, the confidence
with which she carries herself, and overall-impression.
preliminary interviews are personal one-on-one
style. You will have two minute interviews
with each of the five judges. It’s
very comfortable and conversational. Contestants
are scored on their communication skills,
and personality. They are NOT scored on their
opinions or personal beliefs.
the semifinalists are announced during the
final show, they will again compete in swimsuit
and evening gown. These two phases of competition
will narrow the field to a group of five finalists.
top-5 will then each have an on-stage interview.
The interview will be conducted by the emcee.
After the top-5 interviews, the judges will
select a winner, 1st runner-up, 2nd runner-up,
3rd runner-up, and 4th runner-up in each age
Each contestant will need rehearsal clothing (sweats, sweatshirts, tennis
shoes, etc.), and a pair of jeans for the first day's activities. They will
also need a nice dress or suit for the welcome dinner. The required competition
and stage wardrobe is as follows:
Interview: You should choose
an outfit that you find appropriate
for a job interview, and that reflects
your personality. The outfit should
make you feel comfortable and confident.
Some examples include: slacks and
a sweater set, pants and a blouse,
a skirt with a coordinating top,
etc. The outfit can range from casual
to business oriented. The most important
thing is to wear something that you
would normally wear. Do not choose
an outfit that is too flashy, as
it might be distracting. Do not choose
cocktail attire. There should be
no beads, sequins, etc. Select shoes
and pantyhose (if worn) that compliment
your outfit. Earrings, broaches,
bracelets, etc., are appropriate
when not overdone. Accessories should
be used to only enhance your outfit.
NOTE: On-stage interviews will be
conducted for the top-5 finalists.
All on-stage interviews will be conducted
in your competition gown. No additional
outfit is needed for on-stage interviews.
Gown: all contestants must have
a full-length evening gown of their choice.
The style, design, and color is up to you.
It can be elaborate, or very simple. Choose
something that makes you feel like Cinderella.
Your gown should represent YOUR own personality
and taste. Remember, you can look like
a million bucks without spending a million
bucks! Teens are encouraged to wear gowns
that reflect a more youthful style and
look than the Miss contestants.
• All types of gowns are permitted for evening wear competition
• Find a dress that fits your body figure
• Remember - the gown should reflect your age, personality and style
• 4 inch maximum height (must be able to move up and down stairs quickly)
• Accessorize as needed
• Accessorize as needed
After reviewing all of the information on our website, if you have an interest
in becoming a contestant, please click on the Apply Today starburst under the
menu bar and follow the instructions. There is NO fee required to apply. Once
we receive your application and photo, it will be forwarded along with all
other pertinent information to the pageant committee. If your application is
approved, you will need to participate in a phone interview before being offered
an invitation to become an official contestant. This truly could be the chance
of a lifetime, so don't delay, apply today!
Hopefully, our website has provided you with a sense about our company, our
program, and the many opportunities it offers. We hope it has answered
most of your questions about the pageant competition as well. Nevertheless,
we realize there is no way we can adequately convey answers to all of your
questions, or our genuine passion for this program without speaking to
you in person. Please, don't hesitate to contact us, at anytime, with any
questions or concerns. We are here for YOU! We sincerely hope you will
decide to become a part of our "pageant family!"