The Women’s Figure division in Bodybuilding awards competitors who have a small degree of muscularity and muscle separation, no visible striations, overall muscle tone with shapely lines, overall firmness and not excessively lean. The competitor should display an overall healthy appearance with attention to make-up and skin tone. The desired level of muscularity for Figure is less than women’s Physique, but more muscular than Bikini.
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 quarter (1/4) turns.
They will be brought back out in groups and directed to do quarter turns in unison to give the judges the opportunity to compare competitors against each other. There is no bodybuilding type posing or routine rounds.
Competitors are often split into height classes. The number of classes and the height cut-off of each class is normally left to the discretion of the promoter and is 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. Most competitions won’t have different height classes for Master classes since their normally isn’t enough competitors to split the classes. Competitors who meet these age restrictions are usually allowed 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.