Frequently Asked Questions

How Many competitions have been held?
Miss Deaf USA made its debut in 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Miss Deaf International, Inc. hosted its first annual competition in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 23, 2010.

ARE THESE COMPETITIONS SEPARATE FROM THE MISS DEAF AMERICAN PAGEANT?
Yes, in 2005, Bonita Leek founded Miss Deaf USA in Las Vegas, Nevada as a way to promote the empowerment of today’s Deaf Woman. Although some women compete in both Miss Deaf USA and Miss Deaf America, the two systems are completely different. Miss Deaf USA goes on to represent her country at the Miss Deaf International competition. However, Miss Deaf America is welcome to participate.

ARE THE PAGEANTS HELD IN A DIFFERENT PLACE EACH YEAR?
Yes, our first Miss Deaf International Pageant was held in Las Vegas during the week of July 18th to the 23rd of 2010.

•    2011: Orlando, FL
•    2012: In negotiation with Pamana
•    2013: In negotiation with another country
•    2014: In negotiation with South Korea
•    2015: Deaf Cruise from Instanbul, Turkey

HOW ARE THE SITES CHOSEN?
The Miss Deaf International Organization works throughout the year with private enterprises, state, and city government officials. These national and international groups help to establish the host site for each production of the Miss Deaf International Pageant. We research many cities willing to work and support us providing venues and accommodations that match our needs. After thorough review, the best site is chosen.

HOW MANY WOMEN COMPLETE?
Women from countries all over the world are welcome to participate. An announcement will be made three months prior to the competition date stating exactly how many contestants will compete.

CAN A DELEGATE COMPLETE MORE THAN ONCE?
Contestants may compete more than once in the preliminary (state) competition, but can only compete twice in Miss Deaf International.

ARE CONTESTANTS REQUIRED TO HAVE A COACH?
No, however some feel more prepared if they work with an experienced person to provide them with support and tips on the competition. We strongly encourage a chaperone to accompany each contestant.
Generally, National Directors provide contestants with the confidence and experience needed to compete. The Director can be a substitute if the chaperone is not able to accompany the contestant to the pageant.

CAN CONTESTANTS BE MARRIED OR HAVE A CHILD?
No, contestants may not be married or pregnant. They must not have ever been married, had a marriage annulled, nor given birth to a child. The titleholders are also required to remain single throughout their reign.
HOW DO CONTESTANTS GET TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION?
Some countries have preliminary competitions, which are produced by their local and state directors. The winner of the city competition goes on to compete at the state level for her home city. State winners go on to the national competition. However, a delegate may enter a country competition without having won a city title. Miss Deaf International contestants must win their respective competitions to compete in the pageant. In the case of the United States, Miss Deaf USA and Miss Deaf America continue on to represent the United States at the Miss Deaf International pageant.

HOW ARE THE SEMI-FINALISTS CHOSEN?
The Competition will include a private interview, a swimsuit competition, an artistic expression performance, and an assessment of leadership abilities. Judging will be based on these four categories prior to the semi-finalists being chosen for the Miss Deaf International Finale. A dual-panel of judges will be scoring the competitions. There will be one Panel of judges for the preliminary round and a second panel of judges for the Finale.

Private Interviews:
The Judges will interview each contestant to learn about accomplishments, goals and ambitions.

Swimwear Competition:
Each contestant will wear swim attire provided by one of our sponsors. This will be held at the Treasure Island Hotel pool.

Artistic Expression:
Each contestant will demonstrate their talent abilities at the Sands Expo Convention Center.

Leadership:
Leadership will be based on how well contestants represent their respective countries throughout the week – leading up to the Finale.

All scores will be tallied in each of the four categories. The contestants with the highest aggregate scores will be named the semi-finalists. The competition will be narrowed down two more times to produce the winner.

HOW ARE THE TITLEHOLDERS AND RUNNERS-UP SELECTED?
Once the finalists are named, their scores are discarded, and they begin competing anew. In the final competition, the four areas; interview, swimwear, artistic expression, and evening gown presentation are judged. The Judges’ scores in these categories are tallied and the winners are named at the Finale.

WHAT PRIZES DO THE WINNERS RECEIVE?
Each titleholder is awarded cash and prizes from official sponsors, details will be announced soon.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER WINNING?
Part of each titleholder’s prize package is an employment contract with Miss Deaf International, Inc. To fulfill that contract, the titleholder becomes a representative of the company during her reign. Miss Deaf International will be working with selected charities to be announced at the Finale.

WHEN ARE THE COMPETITIONS HELD?
Miss Deaf USA is always the first event of the year and is generally held in February or March, Miss Deaf International follows in the summer.

WHAT MEDIA WILL COVER THE COMPETITIONS?
At this point, two separate media groups will cover the competitions. Deaf Nation and Fashion News Live: Silent News Channel will cover the event. For more information on the media outlets log on to www.DeafNation.com and www.FashionNewsLive.com.

WHO ARE THE MEDIA PRODUCERS?
Rocco Gaglioti of Fashion News Live: Silent News Channel
If you are not able to send a professional photograph, you may send a digital photo; however, you will need to contact webmaster@missdeafinternational.com to arrange for a professional photo that will be used as your official photo when you arrive in Las Vegas for the Pageant events.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free email to contactus@missdeafinternational.com

 

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