• Each competitor must be a member of the NPC.


  • Competitors will compete in a two-piece suit. The bottom of the suit must be v-shaped. No thongs are permitted. Competitors can compete in an off the rack suit. All swimsuits must be in good taste. Athletes will be warned about improper suits and are advised to bring two (2) suits to check in. The fronts of the suits are too low and must be constructed higher. Athletes will be scored down if the suit is not up to standard
  • Competitors must wear high heels.
  • Competitors may wear jewelry.
  • National level contests do not permit competitors to crossover into Bodybuilding, Fitness or Figure at the same event. All other competitions are permitted to have crossovers at the discretion of the promoter with appropriate approval.

Take a look at our recent NPC contest galleries for examples of approved swimsuits and styles.


For national level contests that are professional qualifiers:

  • Up to and including 51
  • Over 51 and up to and
    including 52-1/2
  • Over 52-1/2 and up to
    and including 54
  • Over 54 and up to and including 55-1/2
  • Over 55-1/2 and up to
    and including 57
  • Over 57

A promoter can choose to have fewer height classes for non national level contests as follows:
For all contests with two (2) classes:

  • Up to and including 54
  • Over 54

For all contests with three (3) classes:

  • Up to and including 54
  • Over 54 and up to and including 56
  • Over 56

For all contests with four (4) classes:

  • Up to and including 52
  • Over 52 and up to and including 54
  • Over 54 and up to and including 56
  • Over 56


Bikini Division competitors will be checked in and measured the same as Fitness and Figure competitors.



  • Competitors will walk onstage alone and perform their Model Walk (personal preference)
  • The Model Walk consists of the following:

Walk to the center of the stage , stop and do a front stance hand(s) on hip front pose then a full turn and do a back stance hand(s) on hip back pose then turn to the front again hands on hip and face the judges as directed then proceed to the side of the stage. No lewd acts are permitted. Length of time allowed is 10 seconds.
Comparison Round, Two-Piece Swimsuit:

  • Competitors will be judged wearing a two-piece swimsuit and heels.
  • The competitors will be brought back out in a group and directed to do a full front and back stance.
  • Judges will have the opportunity to compare competitors against each other in half turns. (No side judging permitted, front and back only.)

Judges will be scoring competitors using the following criteria:

  • Balance and Shape
  • Overall physical appearance including complexion, skin tone, poise and overall presentation.