Jennifer Vannatta-Fisher
Co-Executive Director

Hello, and thank you for your interest in our program! I was Miss Kansas (America) 1998, and can tell you first hand that being a part of pageants is a rewarding and life changing experience. During my year as Miss Kansas, I had the honor of traveling throughout the state meeting with many interesting and wonderful people. Looking back, I realize that my year as Miss Kansas will always be one of the most dynamic and positive experiences in my life. However, I also realize that even if I had never won the actual title, I would still be a stronger, more confident, self-assured, and goal oriented person simply as a result of my participation in pageants. I truly believe in the personal growth and individual development that is cultivated by ones participation in pageants.

Our company VANBROS, became involved in the MISS USA® & MISS TEEN USA® pageants 20 years ago. We began as the directors for Kansas, and later became the directors for Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Arkansas. We have taken more than 100 women to the national MISS USA & MISS TEEN USA competitions. Under our direction, our states have become regulars in the top-15, top-10, and top-5. There have even been four national winners. However, We are most proud of the 'post-pageant' real-life successes enjoyed by the titleholders and the contestants who write to thank us for their experience. You can read some of the testimonials at

As we enter into another year with the Mrs. UNITED STATES® Pageant, our focus is for this program to provide a fair environment in which women have the opportunity to better themselves. We hope the pageant encourages the contestants to gain self-awareness, self-confidence, individual pride and greater social awareness. We hope each contestant improves her ability to communicate effectively, speak in front of people, and stand up for her beliefs. We encourage our contestants to find issues she feels strongly about, and to become involved in organizations and causes that speak to her heart. Finally, we hope that through preparation for this event our contestants will develop healthy living habits and include regular exercise into their daily routines. Each lady who enters this program has different goals, and we strive hard to assist each woman in her own personal quest.

There is no prior pageant experience necessary to enter or to win. Many contestants have won on their first attempt, and many others return because it was a positive experience. We like to believe that each woman who participates in our pageant leaves a little more prepared to deal with the world around them, and more importantly, the world ahead of them! Basically, our philosophy for the Mrs. MISSOURI UNITED STATES Pageant is not about encouraging women to ‘win’ a pageant, but to encourage excellence in women, and to help them develop life skills that will ultimately help them win in life by being the best they can be in everything they do.

The winner of our State Pageant will embark on an exciting journey, and receive a prize package including wardrobe, travel and more. They will journey to Las Vegas, Nevada where they will compete for the coveted title of Mrs. UNITED STATES. Her entry fee and airfare will be covered by VANBROS and Associates, Inc., and all of her lodging as well as other perks will be provided by the Mrs. UNITED STATES Organization.

Pageant Weekend
While our program places an emphasis on excellence, achievement and personal growth, we also strive to make the pageant experience FUN! The pageant is a two-day event, and will be held April 30-May 1, 2016, in St. Joseph, Missouri at the Historic Missouri Theater. Each contestant will be provided a complimentary room for her and her family to use on Saturday night at the host hotel.

On the first day, it's fun, fun, fun! The contestants enjoy meeting the pageant staff and other contestants. There is an orientation, rehearsal and photos will be taken for the pageant website.

The second day begins with the personal interview competition. During the interviews, each contestant has the opportunity to meet individually with each judge for a three-minute interview. Each contestant has the opportunity to convince the judges she is right for the job of Mrs. MISSOURI UNITED STATES. Following the interviews, the contestants will head to the theater for more rehearsals. The second day ends with the on-stage competition. At the end of the show, we will have a new Mrs. MISSOURI UNITED STATES.

Contestant Titles
Each contestant will be able to select a title under which she will compete at the state pageant. These titles are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contestants should choose titles that represent where they live, work or intend to look for sponsors. Examples could be city names, county names, regional parts of the state, or catch phrases like Capital City, Show Me State, etc. Once assigned a title, you will be sent a two color satin embroidered sash with your title on it. You may wear this sash when you go out to look for sponsors, and you may make appearances with the sash for the remainder of calendar year 2016 for charitable organizations and other exciting events. Photos of contestant appearances may be submitted to the pageant office throughout the year and will be posted on the pageant website.

Pageant Competition
Each Contestant will compete in three equal phases of competition: swimsuit, evening gown, and interview. The scores from the three phases of competition are added up, and the contestants with the highest composite scores become semifinalists. The number of semifinalists will be determined by the total number of contestants in the competition.
Scoring is based on:

Swimsuit: each contestant is evaluated on her physical fitness, stage-presence, and overall impression.

Evening Gown: each contestant is evaluated on grace, poise, style, stage presence, the confidence with which she carries herself, and overall-impression.

Interview: preliminary interviews are personal one-on-one style. You will have three-minute interviews with each of the three judges. It’s very comfortable and conversational. Contestants are scored on their communication skills, and personality. They are NOT scored on their opinions or personal beliefs.

Once the semifinalists are announced during the final show, they will each have a short on stage interview. Each judge will then be told to circle the names of the (3-5) women, based on their OVERALL impressions of each contestant throughout the weekend that they want to be a finalist. The number of circles and finalists will be determined by the number of semifinalists and will range between 3 and 5. The contestants receiving the most circles will be the finalists.

The finalists will then each have a final on-stage question. After each contestant has answered her question, the judges will make their final rankings based on their overall impression of each contestant. The judges will select a winner, 1st runner-up, 2nd runner-up, (3rd runner-up, and 4th runner-up / if applicable).

Pageant Wardrobe (Each contestant is to provide her own competition wardrobe)

Private Interview: An outfit that represents your personality and you feel comfortable wearing. This can range from casual to business oriented, but something you would find in your own closet.
Swimsuit: You may chose between one and two-piece suits. However, adequate coverage is required and no thongs are allowed. Swimsuits may be any appropriate style, and design, and there are no color restrictions. Patterns and prints are also acceptable.

Evening Gown: all contestants must have a full-length evening gown of their choice. The style, design, and color is up to you. It can be elaborate, or very simple. Choose something that makes you feel beautiful. Your gown should represent YOUR own personality and taste. Remember, you can look like a million bucks without spending a million bucks!

Opening Production Number: Each Contestant WILL BE PROVIDED an opening number dress from VANBROS. We are excited to be able to improve the visual aspect of our show and save each of you from having to purchase an additional outfit!

Apply Now
After reviewing all of the information, if you have an interest in becoming a contestant, please APPLY ONLINE. Upon receipt of this online application in the office, you will recieve an official application packet in the mail.

If you are looking for motivation to get out of your comfort zone, and need something to push you towards self-improvement and higher self esteem, consider joining us for this year’s event. Or, if you are just looking to live out a childhood dream, or just have some fun and meet new friends, this is an event and opportunity for you! Please don’t hesitate to call us with any questions or concerns 913.381.7121. This truly could be the chance of a lifetime, so don’t delay.



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