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Competition Categories

The North Carolina Plus America Pageant's mission of motivating plus size women to embrace their inner "Queen" allows many opportunities to showcase your beauty, talent and intellect. Delegates are encouraged to compete in both required and optional categories. This helps to promote a well-rounded delegate who can showcase her greatest qualities.

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Required Categories

Required competition categories are mandatory categories that each delegate must participate, in order to be considered for the title of Miss, Ms., or Mrs. North Carolina Plus America. The pageant night competition consists of three (3) categories.




Each contestant participates in an individual interview with our panel of judges. There are typically 3-5 judges on a panel.


Interview Details:

Interview will begin with a self-introduction not to exceed 30 seconds. The body of the interview will be a combination of questions from information given on your fact sheet, current events and topics provided by the Executive Director. The interview concludes with a 30-second opportunity to make a final statement to the judges of “Why you’d like to be Miss NC Plus America.” As well as any information you’d like the judges to know that wasn’t covered in the interview itself.


Interview Attire:  

The attire for the interview is dressy/business. You may wear a suit, a skirt/pants and blouse, or a dress.  When choosing attire, keep in mind you are interviewing for the position of Miss/Ms/Mrs NC Plus America & ultimately the title of Miss/Ms/Mrs Plus America.



Elegant Pant Wear Attire:

A pant suit or pant wear outfit that would be appropriate if attending a formal dinner with your pastor or members of the US Supreme Court. The idea for this outfit is to look elegant and classy. Evening pumps or formal sandals are required. (Heels must be worn unless an official doctor’s note is provided.)



Evening Gown Competition Attire:

All gowns must be floor length. (It may have a high-low hemline. Wear foundations. The color should contrast and compliment with your skin tone.)

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Optional Categories

The Optional Categories are additional categories to showcase other avenues of your talents and ability. The optional categories have no bearing on your chances of winning the State title, but they do come with separate awards and prizes that are given on the pageant night.  The optional categories have additional entry fee(s) to participate.


The Essay Competition is open to all registered delegates.  The winning essay will be published on the NCPA website and the NCPA State Pageant Program Book.  There is a minimum 500 word requirement for this essay. No plagiarism accepted.


All performances are limited to 2:00 (exactly 2 minutes). Talent may consist of song, dance, mime, spoken word, etc. All accompanying music and content must be  reviewed and approved by the Executive Director. No profanity is allowed.

People's Choice

The People's Choice competition allows each delegate to solicit support from family & friends to be recognized as the pageant favorite. This competition will be hosted through a paid, online voting system.


The Photogenic Competition requires a Portfolio submission of 5 different stylings of photos.  Photos may be Color or B/W and bound.  All portfolios will be returned. Portfolios are judged by a separate panel of industry professionals.


The Community Service Award is presented to the delegate who's dedication to her community truly shines through her service.  Participants are required to submit a log of their verifiable community service hours.


The Spokesmodel Competition allows delegates to promote their current platform. This is similar to a public service announcement or a commercial.  Performances are limited to 2:00 (2 MINUTES). All content must be reviewed and approved by the Executive Director prior to competition.



The Runway Modeling Competition gives participants an opportunity to strut their stuff on the Miss NC Plus America runway.  All outfits must be reviewed and approved by the Executive Director prior to competition.

The Covergirl Competition will be held through Facebook via online voting. Winner is featured on the back cover of the NCPA Program Book. Headshot submission must include a Photographer's Release.