The Story of Our Little Miss
Most people have dreams. In fact, life is probably a series of dreams. Once a dream is realized, new goals are set and off we go reaching for another. The dream of being “Our Little Miss” has become a reality to thousands of little girls since the year 1962. Now, at 50 years old, the child personified by the perky little silhouette with the flipped-up hair has developed a personality of her own. Not a fairy tale character or a myth, “Our Little Miss” is more a symbol of hope for the future of children everywhere. As Morley Safer said on CBS-60 Minutes, “The parents consider Universal Pageant System, World Youth Federation/Our Little Miss to be the most prestigious of all children's pageants.” Now with third-generation children as contestants, Our Little Miss is truly a name to be spoken with reverence…a name that has endured.
Since the inception of the World’s Our Little Miss” in 1962, its sister pageants, “Miss La Petite,” “Ideal Miss,” “Universal Girl,” and now the rest of the family, “Baby Petite,” “Universal MS.,” “Our Little Miss Preteen, and “Universal Beauty” have developed in their own way. Girls who had outgrown one division and wanted to stay in Universal Pageants developed each new division due to a demand. World Youth Federation/Our Little Miss System family is now complete.
Competition of all kinds are as American as apple pie and motherhood. Nonetheless, the manner in which they are handled varies greatly. With World Youth Federation there is a soft touch, where discussions of coping with winning and losing, and with joys and disappointments are an integral part of the program. From the rowdy parents’ talent show both silly and serious) to the exchange of souvenir gifts between contestants from all over the world, “Our Little Miss” truly encourages family participation and comradeship. The true award is in the experience alone.
World Youth Federation’s awards are multiple, varying from medium to super large. On the local level the trophies are “Oscar” size and advance to nearly 4 feet at state, while World level trophies can reach an enormous 5 to 6 feet in height. All WYF/OLM trophies are adorned with the famous trademarked silhouette trophy figure; “Our Little Miss” is the only pageant in America with this type emblem that has been molded into a beautiful trophy part. The “Our Little Miss” trophy figurine stands out among dozens of other trophy awards. And it is not for sale except through World Youth Federation, where it must be earned—it cannot be purchased by a contestant or parent.
Crowns for the winners have a similar progression to the official pageant trophy. The local crown has a single disk with the famous “Our Little Miss” logo silhouette; the state crown is a round crown with four logo disks; and the coveted World crown sits on a round red velvet and rhinestone embellished base and is stuffed with royal red velvet, symbolizing excellence and achievement.
College scholarship awards have played an important role in the World Youth Federation program. Since 1964 over 1,000 girls have earned scholarship funds from the State, Country and World pageants and have enrolled in American, Canadian, European, Asian and Caribbean Island universities world wide.
Although the pageant has never attempted to represent the winners through personal management, many of the girls have used their titles effectively in acquiring television commercials and movie roles. When the new Mickey Mouse Club was aired in 1975-76 by Disney, five of the seven girls selected after a major nationwide search had been directly involved in the “Our Little Miss” pageant. Since those years, our girls are still being seen today. Jennifer Love Hewitt from “Party of Five” and Madlyn Sweeten from “Everybody Loves Raymond” also held Our Little Miss titles just to name a few. Our Little Miss girls can be seen on almost every cable and network station, some being in front of the camera and others as network executives.
Our girls and young women have excelled to the highest levels of their professions and many attribute their success to the memorable experiences gained at an “Our Little Miss” pageant. We are very proud to have been a part of their development.
World Youth Federation’s philosophy is that by giving children an outlet to express themselves and their talents, they are presented with growth and development aspects for personality, communication, discipline, memory training and good grooming habits. Because parents play an important role when a child is in any competition, the family relationship is enhanced, especially that of the mother and daughter. The pageant system does not condone stage parenting; the child must truly want to be a participant, enabling the fascination and glamor of the State, Country and World Pageants to become an educationally exciting family affair.
Combine the pageant system’s program with glamorous vacation spot environments such as “The Fontainbleau in Miami; Niagara Falls, U.S.A. & Canada; The Rivergate Auditorium in New Orleans; The Dallas Apparel Mart; The world’s most famous show stages in Las Vegas; Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida; One of the eight wonders of the world, “The Houston Astrodome”; Oral Roberts University, Mabee Center; Branson, USA; Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona and you have the formula for success!!!
World Official Royalty
World Universal Beauty Royalty
Our Little Miss has two competition seasons: Official and Beauty. During the "Official" season (February-August), girls ages 7 and up are required to perform a talent. During the "Beauty" season (September-January), there is no talent competition for any age division.
Baby Petite (0-2 Years)
Miss La Petite (3-6 Years)
Our Little Miss (7-9 Years)
Our Little Miss Preteen (10-12 Years)
Ideal Miss (13-17 Years)
Universal Girl (18-28 Years)
Universal Ms. (Married/Has been Married/Has Children)
OFFICIAL & BEAUTY REQUIRED COMPETITIONS:
Baby Petite/Miss La Petite (0-6 Years)
Party Dress (Short)
Playtime with the Judges
Our Little Miss/OLM Preteen/Ideal Miss (7-13 Years)
Partydress (7-12 Years) (Short)/ Evening Gown (13 & over) (Long)
Talent (OFFICIAL ONLY)
Universal Girl/Universal Ms. (18 & up)
Evening Gown (13 & over) (Long)
Assist in Playtime with the Judges
Talent (OFFICIAL ONLY)
Queen (in each age division)
Mini Queen (Next highest score that is opposite of queen's age)
Personality Plus (0-6 ONLY during OFFICIAL, awarded in all division during BEAUTY ONLY)
Talent Winner (7 & up, Official Season ONLY)
1st Alt 2nd Alt 3rd Alt 4th Alt
Miss Photogenic (in each age division)
Optional Talent Winner (0-6 ONLY) (Official Season ONLY)
General Clothing Rules for ALL contestants
Official: Talent/Personality (BP and LAP) is 50%. For all ages, Interview/Personality (both verbally and on stage while presenting an outfit) is 50%. Equal value is given for interview, playtime/team OLM, sportswear and party dress. Interview is the tie breaker if needed. UB: Beauty of face, personality and appearance are valued equally.
Sportswear/Casual Wear (Contestants All Ages):
Close-up Appraisal (Contestants all Ages):
Talent (Contestants ages 7 & Over):
AUDITOR (Rule Enforcement Agent)
A rule enforcement position was created with regard to all competitions: local, state, regional, national and world levels. The title of the rule enforcement agent position shall be auditor. The auditor will be responsible for insuring that the judges results conform to the guidelines for the awarding of titles and placement (alternate positions) as set forth in the World Handbook. For example, the auditor shall be responsible for insuring that the Mini Queen is the highest ranking contestant at the opposite end of the age division. Additionally, the auditor will insure that a person who has committed a violation will not be within the first four placements.
A disqualification is when a contestant expresses direct defiance of the principles set forth by the World Youth Federation for all Our Little Miss competitions. If a contestant or their family is found guilty of a disqualification, the contestant will be removed from competition and both she and her family will be asked to leave the premises immediately. Disqualifications include bribing judges; child or spousal abuse, be it verbal or physical; public smoking; consumption of alcohol; being under the influence of drugs or alcohol on the property; misuse of copyrights; misuse of federal trademark; and selling any items on the property.
For clarification purposes, misuse of the copyright or federal trademark consists of placing titles, the OLM silhouette or Our Little Miss logo on anything, including, but not limited to, paper, garments, bags and crown cases without the express permission of a World Youth Federation executive board member. An example of this would be having a child’s title airbrushed on a crown case or having a child’s title monogrammed on a tote bag or placing a child’s title on business cards. It is much easier to ask permission than to ask for forgiveness, as forgiveness simply will not be given for any such act. For example, if a World queen wants to pass out business cards with her name and title appearing thereon with little goodies attached for contestants, she should forward a prototype or proof of the item/document to World Youth Federation headquarters and await approval before having the same printed or otherwise created. This applies with regard to press releases as well. Any proposed articles for publication must be approved by an executive board member of World Youth Federation prior to publication.
Violations are defined as intentional disregard for the rules and standards set forth by World Youth Federation for all Our Little Miss sanctioned events. If a contestant commits only one violation, she will be precluded from being in the Top 8 places during Official and the Universal Beauty competitions. If they make the top 10, they must fix the rule violation in order to recomplete in the final show. These violations are automatic (i.e., there are no free passes with regard to violations). Violations are defined as follows: failing to submit an acceptable picture for the program book; performing a talent which exceeds two minutes and 59 seconds; missing a competition in its entirety (a contestant who is late for a competition but arrives prior to her appointed turn on stage will be considered to have committed an infraction-and such a contestant will be allowed to compete in the normal rotation-but a child who misses her appropriate turn on stage will be placed at the end of her group if she arrives prior to line up or close up appraisal; however, a child who arrives for competition during close up appraisal or line up will be considered to have missed her competition in its entirety and will be considered to have committed a violation); breaking a clothing rule (one inch straps for BP-IM contestants; no backs out below the shoulder blades for contestants 12 and under; no rhinestones worn during sportswear competition; material that looks like skin has the same effect as skin; shoe heel regulations; and the “hands-on” rule & no on stage/close-up appraisal coaching for children in the Baby Petite competition.
An infraction is considered an inadvertent failure to comply with the rules and standards as set forth by the World Youth Federation for all Our Little Miss scholarship competitions. Each contestant is permitted one warning (free pass); however, if the contestant commits a second infraction, she will be excluded from the Top 8 placements during Official and Universal Beauty competitions. A contestant coming into finals with 2 infractions (a violation) will not be considered for a Top 8 placement. Contestants coming into finals with 1 infraction who make Top 10 will not be considered for a Top 8 position IF they receive an additional infraction during finals competition. Backstage/offstage behavior will be considered for an infraction but must be seen/confronted by 2 State/Regional/Country directors or World Board member. Examples of infractions are being late (please note the difference between being late for the 15 minute check in and missing a competition in its entirety) or inadvertent inappropriate exposure. An example of inadvertent inappropriate exposure would be a contestant’s unplanned disrobing during talent competition, such as a shoe string breaking and a shoe flying off the contestant, a child’s talent costume getting hung on a prop and exposing skin through no defect of the otherwise legal talent costume, or a child bending over to donate pennies during the fund raiser and her lower back being exposed briefly due to her motions.
All auditors’ decisions as to infractions, violations and disqualifications will be final. Further, after all infractions/violations have been received by the judges their decisions will be final and a director should not intervene. A judge’s result should be signed off on by the auditor to insure compliance with the standards and regulations of the Our Little Miss, Inc. sanctioned event.
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The OFFICIAL pageant season has begun! NOTE: all girls in the OLM and up division are required to have a talent (2:30 or less).
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