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MAO Increases Age Eligibility for Miss and Teen Candidates!

The Miss America Organization Board of Directors recently announced an increase in the candidate age eligibility effective immediately!

Miss and Teen Candidates

  • Maximum age for candidates increases to 26 years old by December 31st in the state competition year - from 25.

  • MAOTeen program maximum age for candidates increases to 18 years old by December 31st - from 17 years by July 31st.

  • Miss candidates 18 years of age on December 31, 2022 are "grandfathered" to continue in the Miss program and not mandated to compete in the MAOTeen program.

  • MAOTeen candidates 18 years of age on December 31, 2022 may continue in the MAOTeen program and grandfathered to continue competing in the MAOTeen program and not mandated to the Miss program.

  • Candidates currently competing for 2022 titles and who are 18 years old on December 31, 2022, are able to choose either the Miss or MAOTeen program.


Miss Anaheim Organization - Now Accepting Applications!

The Miss Anaheim Scholarship Program is accepting applications through November 19, 2021 for its Miss Anaheim/Anaheim Hills/Canyon Hills and Outstanding Teen Competition, which will be held on January 29, 2022 at the Anaheim Center for the Performing Arts@Servite.

We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is part of the Miss California and Miss America Organizations.

For more information, please contact Patrick or Sharon Cordes at or at 714-273-3935 (Patrick) or 714-273-4120 (Sharon).

Don't let this opportunity pass you by!


New Registration Procedures for MAO and MAOTeen Candidates

The Miss America Organization (MAO) has implemented new procedures for candidate registrations. For now, this is what all candidates must do. Effective Immediately 1. All candidates must register on MAO's official registration site and pay a once-per-competition season registration fee of $35. This fee is retained by MAO. A candidate isn't eligible for any local competition until she registers and pays required fees. 2. When a candidate registers and pays the $35 registration fee, her information is sent to the Miss California Organization state office. The Miss California Organization then contacts the candidate with a welcome letter that includes our Local License Area chart. The letter also includes a link to a registration site where the candidate registers for a specific local competition and pays a $75 fee. Teens are not required to pay the $75 fee, but are still required to register for a local competition and are given a waiver code in the Teen welcome letter. The entry information is then forwarded to the specific local competition that the candidate requests. Miss Candidates must pay the $75 fee for each local competition that they enter. Registrants may choose to be enrolled for access to MAO's Professional Development Series, featuring experts in social media training, public speaking, media/press training and more. They gain access to health/wellness and peak performance training, resume building, networking events, and discounts on Miss America merchandise.


MAOTeen Resume and Social Impact Instructions Are Now Available

We will hold workshops for our candidates to help them create their resumes and social impact initiatives. In the meantime, instructions are available for Teens to download and get started.

The Miss America Organization is updating the resume and social impact initiative instructions for Miss candidates. When we receive the updates, we'll make them available to our Miss candidates.

2021 MAOTeen Social Impact Initiative Instructions
Download PDF • 180KB

2021 MAOTeen Resume Instructions
Download PDF • 219KB

Should you have any questions, please contact us at

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