Miss Mermaid USA 2021

The first ever live pageant for Miss Mermaid USA will be taking place at MerMagic Con, the world's largest mermaid convention!


Out of our 52 state winners, the Top 25 Finalists will compete in mermaid swimming, underwater posing, costume design, pageantry and activism.


The Grand Prize winner receives the title of Miss Mermaid USA 2021 and a FREE TRIP to compete at Miss Mermaid International, location and dates TBA.

*Contingency plans are in place in the case of postponement due to the Covid 19 pandemic.


How to Apply

Applications for 2021 are now closed as we have announced all state winners for 2021. We hope you will apply next year! Please sign up below so that you will receive a notification when 2022 applications are open! You can also follow along on our instagram @missmermaid.usa.

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We recommend aspiring applicants focus on their activism, community service and developing a specific pageant platform! Winners also tend to have well rounded overall skills in water, creativity and modeling. We invite you to challenge yourself in the areas where you have less experience and build your strengths into your own personal story of what makes you shine! We are not simply judging who is “the best mermaid.” We're seeking women who are an active example, role model, inspiration and voice in their community. This is not a novelty title, we look to highlight individuals who will use their sash and crown to make a difference!


- US Citizens

- Women Age 18 - 36

* Our age limit is set by our parent pageant Miss Mermaid International. Miss Mermaid USA has respect for the abilities, beauty and contribution of mers of all ages. We are petitioning MMI for more inclusivity. If you would like to join us in the call for inclusivity, you are welcome to contact the international franchise at www.missmermaid.de.

* All women are welcome to apply. Several of our current and past Queens identify as non-binary. However, while Miss Mermaid USA strives for inclusivity in the pageant world, we must be clear that we cannot speak for Miss Mermaid International or other Miss Mermaid branches around the world. Please be aware that the international finals are usually hosted in a country with a more traditional culture. Miss Mermaid USA seeks to be an inclusive voice in this global conversation.

* Mermaiding experience is not required as Miss Mermaid is designed to be accessible to new mermaids. You don't need professional photos or a mermaid tail to apply. Several of our current queens are new to the mermaid world but have strong activism, modeling or pageant experience. A Miss Mermaid title can give you a great introduction to the mermaid world!  

* If you have roots outside of the US or are not a US citizen, contact us about opportunities to represent your country as we can represent mermaids from many countries in North & South America.