The Women’s Bikini division judges the competitors based on balance and shape with attention to their overall physical appearance including complexion, skin tone, make-up, poise and overall presentation. Competitors tend to be lean with very little body fat and slight muscle tone.
Competitors will wear a two-piece suit with the bottom of the suit in a v-shape. No thongs are permitted. While most competitors wear specially made suits, an off the rack suit may be acceptable. All suits/swimsuits must be in good taste. Competitors must wear high heals (often clear) and may wear jewelry (normally earrings and a bracelet).
Competitors will be introduced and walk to the center of the stage alone and perform their Model Walk (personal preference). The Model Walk generally consists of: 1) Walk to the center of the stage , stop and do a front stance (hand(s) on hip front pose) 2) Do a full turn and do a back stance (hand(s) on hip back pose) 3) Turn to the front again (hands on hip) and face the judges as directed 4) Then proceed to the side of the stage or exit the stage as instructed. No lewd acts are permitted. Length of time allowed is normally 10 to 20 seconds.
Competitors will be brought back out in groups and directed to do full front and back stances in unison to give the judges the opportunity to compare competitors against each other. During this comparison round, competitors may be instructed by the judges to face the back of the stage, walk to the back of the stage, perform their back stance/pose, turn to front again to face judges, and then walk back to the front of the stage.
Competitors are often split into height classes. The number of classes and the height cut-off of each class is generally left to the discretion of the promoter and is normally based on the number of competitors. Many competitions will also have Masters classes for competitors who meet a certain age requirement. These are generally over 35 or 40 and over 45 or 50. Competitors who meet these age restrictions are usually permitted to enter the open class as well.
Since the rules and requirements may vary between the various organizations, it is important to fully understand the rules of the organization you plan to compete in.