Contestants Guide Page
Now you are thinking of applying we know you want to get started with the plans or understand what’s needed.
We will send you a full pack once you apply but here is a guide which answers most of our frequently asked questions and gives an overview of what to expect.
Here is our FAQ
Miss Teen Africa Pageant is a Beauty and Talent Pageant showcasing young women aged 13-19 of African Origin representing the 54 Countries Of Africa. The pageant is the first of its kind assessing the collective aspects of beauty and talent including physical presentation, knowledge of culture, etiquette, aptitude and general appeal including clothing/fashion. We are devoted to championing the proliferation and continuation of culture, self worth, confidence, validity, gender equality, empowerment of women, social inclusion and a feeling of belonging amongst women of African descent worldwide.
You are eligible as long as you, at least one of your parents, grand parents or great grand parents are citizens of , emigrated from or have heritage/origins in your chosen country.
Semi Finals of the pageant take place in July each year Finals of the pageant take place in the second week of August each year.
Before you enter the pageant you would have agreed to a couple of key provisions.
the main ones are
1. Parental Consent
2. Residence in the UK
3. Understanding rules of entry
4. Understanding rules for winners
5. Being able and willing to fund the cost of your outfits
6. Being able to pay your entry fee of £26, your facilitation fees for semi finals of £75 and if selected as a finalist for the finals of £155 either from personal funding or by finding a sponsor from your family, community, business or otherwise.
Entries Close on 30th May of the year the pageant is held.
To enter the pageant you must have 1. Parental Consent 2. Residence in the UK 3. Understanding rules of entry 4. Understanding rules for winners 5. Being able and willing to fund the cost of your outfits and your facilitation fees. 6. Be aged 13-19 to enter 7. You must be aged 13 by the time entries close to enter. Additionally to hold Miss teen title you must not turn 20 before October of the following year. e.g to enter Miss Teen 2011 you must have turned 13 by 30 May 2011 and you must not turn 20 before October 2012.
We will do all we can to forge arrangements in August for contestants and their families to have access to discounted and decent accomodation within reach of the pageant venue. We cannot guarantee places but will advertise all locations that enable us to book discounted accommodation immediately they are confirmed. The venue for the finals is accross the road from King's Cross and St. Pancras Station meaning you only need to cross one road from getting off the train in from the rest of the UK to get there. We are looking at ways we can get you discounted travel and if we can we will advertise those too.
We cannot admit family members into the changing rooms for security and health and safety purposes.
We cannot enable hairdressers/stylists and makeup artists for individuals to come along on the day due to health and safety reasons.
at the Semi Finals contestants will be judged on the basis of two outfits. 1. Day Dress You must have a day dress i.e what is traditionally worn during the day in your country of origin. It must exemplify your country of origin 2. Evening Dress Your evening dress should be what is traditionally worn during the evening or to a formal evening function in your country of origin and it must exemplify your country of origin. You will need comfortable shoes. For this pageant we do not recommend heels higher than 3 inches at most and most contestants will find it useful and sensible to choose court shoes or sandals with minimal heels. Your clothing must not expose your private parts in a brazen way You may wear jewellery that is designed to match your outfit. We will on request refer you to designers if you so request who may be able to make you custom clothing however we encourage you to use this as a learning curve and to visit digital stores and local markets to find out more about the fabrics used in your country of origin to make your own clothes if possible using good tailors or designers. You should not be wearing a dress that shows your buttocks or excessive cleavage Your clothes and accessories should fit nicely and be representative of your country. You should not custom a european outfit to flag colours of your country, you must wear a dress that has fusions of traditional fabrics and is culturally representative.
If a headscarf is part of the outfit that you are wearing eg if in your country of origin traditional evening wear or daywear or regular wear is with a scarf then yes you can. You may also want to wear a headscarf because your religion indicated this. In this pageant you may wear a headscarf to cover your hair.
Miss Teen Africa Pageant is a pageant focussed on cultural diversity and ethnic orientation. We do not have a swimwear category and encourage contestants to choose outfits which are representative of the culture of the country they represent.
You can make payments via paypal without an account on paypal. Simply select the option to pay by card and when prompted indicate you do not have a paypal account. further down the page you will be asked if you want to open a paypal account. If you do not want to then indicate so to process your payment via card. Additionally if you have a paypal account but do not wish to pay with it, then simply use an alternative email address to the one you registered on paypal with to pay your billl. We are unable to accept bank debits, cash or other means of payment as we have decided only to use paypal in order to demonstrate and secure your information and ours. In the future we may be able to accept on spot card payments with chip and pin. We will notify you when this becomes available.
The fee to enter the finals is £155
Facilitation fees for the finals must be recieved by the latest date of 30 August If fees are not recieved by this time, you will unfortunately not be shortlisted for the choreography sessions and the finals.
This fees for the semi finals must be paid by 14 days after the date of the close of the entries. The date for close of entries is 30th May. Facilitation fees for the semi finals must be paid by the latest date of 17th June.
The entry fee for the Semi finals is £75 This fee covers someone to help with your choreography lessons and rehearsal and also covers hair and makeup.
The fee to register your application is £26. The fee is refundable less 10% admin if you change your mind within 7 days of making your application.