Judging Criteria & Wardrobe

The judges are looking for the contestant’s exhibition of overall poise, personality, beauty and intelligence.


 Judging Criteria

  • Personal interview before the panel of judges. There are usually 5 to 6 judges. Each contestant can expect to be asked about her family, career if any, activities and interests. You need not have children to become Mrs. Minnesota / Iowa / Wisconsin / Michigan / Georgia.¬† In addition, if you have been divorced previously, this is not a problem.
  • Physical fitness¬†as assessed in one-piece or two-piece, one-colored swimsuits.
  • Evening gown based on how the contestant carries herself in a gown.
  • On-stage question for the top 5 finalists.
  • Costume competition (MN, IA, WI, and MI only) – this is not included in the point tally, but a special award is given for the best costume.


  • Evening Gown – Full length in the style of your choice.
  • Swimsuit – You may wear a one or two piece one-color swimsuit. Please choose something flattering to your figure and in good taste.
  • Costume representing your state, not your national heritage (MN, IA, WI, and MI only) – This costume may be made by the contestant, rented or purchased. Costumes must be of professional caliber.
  • Personal interview attire – For the interview with the judges, you will need a dress or suit (usually of dressy order). A dress or suit with a little glitter on it is perfectly acceptable and commonly seen in this pageant. No pants will be allowed.
  • Dance rehearsal attire – Please dress to your comfort level. Contestants are generally dressed “sharp” casual. The judges do NOT attend rehearsals.

Mrs. Minnesota, Mrs. Iowa, Mrs. Wisconsin and Mrs. Georgia State Pageants