The judging will be conducted in three rounds with each round scored independently. The total of the three rounds will be determined. Each competitor in the class will then be given a single placement based on her total score with the lowest total score placing first. The contest promoter has the right to specify the type of posing suit which is permissible; it may be limited to a two piece suit, bikini, and/or thong. G-string is NOT permitted!! Competitors should check with the promoter In advance of the competition which type(s) of posing suit are allowed. The attire should be chosen to best and most advantageously show the figure and conditioning. The suit may be of solid color, multicolored, decorated, embroidered, jeweled, sequined, or tasseled. Wearing make-up and jewelry is optional and the choice of the competitor. High heel shoes are standard footwear during Rounds 1 & 2. At the discretion of the contest promoter, the use of light body oil may be permitted.
Round 1. Symmetry – Quarter Turns
All competitors in the class will present themselves on stage in serial order in a straight line or curve facing the judges and assume a semi-relaxed stance with ankles touching. The head judge will instruct the competitors as a group to execute a series of quarter turns to the right allowing the judges to view them from the front, left side, back, and right side before returning to the front position. When the judges are satisfied, Round 1 is completed.
Round 2. Comparative Displays
All competitors in the class will present themselves on stage in serial order. The head judge will call in sequence the six mandatory displays giving the competitors a sufficient number of seconds to hold the display for the judge’s determination and ample time for the competitors to rest between each display. After the initial comparison are completed, the head judge may shift the position of the competitors and conduct additional comparisons.
Round 3. Individual Routines – Free Posing
Each competitor will be allowed a maximum of 60 to 90 seconds as specified by the promoter to exhibit her figure, physical conditioning, charisma, and presentation ability through this free posing round choreographed to the athlete’s own choice of music. It should be colorful, interesting and enjoyable for both the athlete to perform and audience to view. The routine may be of artistic creation, graceful and artful but can contain dance moves and aerobic displays. No specific moves or poses are required. The routine is not intended to be a fitness presentation. It should not contain gymnastics, muscular poses, nor poses with a clenched fist. The routine must be performed in posing suit and barefooted. Competitors and judges are again reminded that however graceful and exciting an individual presentation may be, the most important aspect is the agreed criteria applied to the Figure judging , i.e. shape, proportions, and a trained look with moderate body fat.