Judges will evaluate competitors on the following criteria:
Posing/Presentation – Posing/Presentation refers to how well the competitor presents herself and displays their physique on stage as well as adherence to USBF posing guidelines. Competitors should present themselves with poise, good posture and confidence and should utilize posing that enhances their physique (i.e. no overly pointed elbows, arms too far from midline of body, or inability to display symmetry. Competitors should be able to quickly and smoothly transition between poses.
Symmetry – Symmetry refers to the evenness of development of the competitor’s physique and how well the parts of the physique flow together. It includes the balance and proportion of the competitor from side to side, top to bottom and front to back. Symmetry is a measurement of evenness of development between all muscle groups and proportion when viewed from all sides. No body part or muscle group should stand out from the rest.
Muscularity – Muscularity refers to muscle size and development relative to the competitor’s frame, including shape and size. The level of muscularity is determined by the extent of development in relation to the size of the competitor’s skeletal structure. Also to be considered is the shape and contour of the developed muscle and muscle groups. Bikini competitors should display:
A slight level of muscularity;
Full/round shoulder caps;
Visible quad development;
Visible hamstring development;
Full, round, firm glutes;
Should NOT display an abundance of muscle size
Conditioning – Conditioning refers to the level of differentiation between adjacent muscles delineating sections or fibers within the same muscle group and the degree of firmness (hardness) of muscle tone. Leanness is important but an overly dieted appearance is neither advantageous nor desirable. Bikini competitors should display:
Overall healthy and fit muscle tone;
Visible abdominal definition;
Visible quad definition;
Visible hamstring definition;
Full, round, firm glutes with visible tie-in to hamstrings
Should NOT display deep cuts, striations, or overly dieted look;
• Should NOT display deeply drawn-in faces or stringy-looking muscularity (an emaciated look).
Each class is brought out to front center stage as a group and guided through quarter turns to display their physique from all sides.
FRONT POSE: When executing the front pose either hip can be popped to the side with the leg extended. Excessive twisting is NOT allowed & both feet must remain on / perpendicular to the main comparison line so judges can easily see the athlete’s number.
SIDE POSE: Execution of the side pose is the same whether it is the Left Side or the Right Side. Feet should be close together. Hips should be squared off to side stage with a beautiful twist that narrows the waistline. Also, either the front leg or the back leg can be bent, whichever is most flattering to the athlete’s physique. The heel can also be slight raised off the stage if desired. Both feet do not need to be flat on the floor.
BACK POSE: Execution of the back pose is flexible but excessively leaning forward is NOT allowed. The two (2) most common back poses are 1) To stand with hips even and feet shoulder width apart. The key to this pose is to NOT bend forward as to “moon” the judges and audience. This is a family friendly event so keep that in mind. 2) Same stance as the Bikini Front Pose but athlete is facing the back curtain. Either hip can be popped to the side with the leg extended.
Competitors will also be asked to walk to the back and front of the stage as a group to further assess comparisons.
Competitors walk out to music of their choice and perform a “T” walk (amateurs are allowed up to 60 seconds while Pros are allowed up to 90 seconds). A T-walk consists of walking out to rear center stage and pausing briefly in a pose of choice. Competitors then walk up to front center stage to pose briefly, then walk to stage left and pose briefly, then walk to stage right and pose briefly, then walk to the front center of the stage and pose briefly, and finally walk off stage diagonally to the side (as instructed by staff). The walk resembles a “T”, which is how it got its name.
Competitors are allowed to choose a suit cut that best compliment their frame/structure/physique. With that said, thongs, T-Back & "Micro Pro Cut" suit bottoms are prohibited.