NANBF Bikini Guidelines

Overview

The Bikini category is for women who have a healthy-looking, toned body with good symmetry and balance. Bikini competitors should have good posture and stage presence, while maintaining a feminine look. They should not display an abundance of muscle size.

 

Competitors will compete in a two-piece suit and high heels. The bottom of the suit must be v-shaped. No thongs are permitted. All suits must be in good taste. Athletes will be warned about improper suits and are advised to contact show promoter if you are concerned your suit does not meet specifications. The fronts of the suits should not be too low and must be constructed higher. Competitors may wear jewelry.

 

Bikini competitors are permitted to crossover to Figure, Women’s Physique or Women's Bodybuilding.

 

The use of performance-enhancing substances is never permitted. All competitors must successfully pass a polygraph screen prior to competition.

Judging criteria

A specific level of muscularity or leanness is not sought after for NANBF Bikini competition. Judging is based on having an overall healthy-looking toned body with good symmetry, shape, fullness, balance, and proportion with good poise, posture, confidence, stage presence, and comfortable presentation. Other factors that can affect overall appearance are skin tone, complexion, suit fit, hair, and make-up. Bikini competitors should not display an abundance of muscle size, deep muscle separation, or muscle striations.

Group comparisons

Each class is brought to front center stage and is guided through Quarter Turns as a group by the head judge, to display their physique from front, side and back. 

 

FRONT POSE: 

Competitors face the judges. 

Push/Sit on hip to one side with opposite leg extended. One hand on a hip.
Twist is allowed as long as both hips and shoulders are visible from the front.
Typically if a judge makes a specific request for front stance it is just to face forward so contestants aren't twisted in various angles. 

 

SIDE POSE:
Competitors face the side.

Hips face side of the stage. Turn your head to look at audience/judges.
The back hand placed on back hip and front shoulder and arm open to the judges. 
Front foot can be offset with a heel lifted onto toe.

 

BACK POSE 1:

Competitors face the back. 

Sit on right or left hip, opposite leg extended. 

One hand on hip.

Back is open but not overly flared. Hair should be pulled to the side, if needed, to avoid obstructing back view.

Leaning forward excessively is NOT permitted.
Not performing pose as specified can result in head judge issuing competitor a general warning and lower scoring from judges.

 

After Back Pose 1, when directed by Head judge.

NEW BACK POSE 2, when directed by Head Judge.

Competitors face back of stage. 

Legs together.

Foot placement: Right or left heel placed next to arch of opposite foot. 

Back is open but not overly flared. Hair should be pulled to the side, if needed, to avoid obstructing back view.

Arm position will be, arms to the side.

Leaning forward excessively is NOT permitted. 

Not performing pose as specified can result in head judge issuing competitor a general warning and lower scoring from judges.

Individual presentation stage walks

The individual presentation portion is a stage walk.  This portion of the show is for the crowd and gives the competitor a chance to win a "Best Presenter" or "Best Poser" award.  Competitors walk out to House music of the promoter's choice and perform a T-walk or the L-walk.

 

T-walks consists of walking out from rear center stage, do a single pose, then walk to front center stage turn and walk to stage left and do two poses, then walk to stage right do two poses, then walk to the front center of the stage doing the final two poses then exit the stage.  For the L-walk, walk from center stage to either right or left stage. Do the same amount of poses in three spots in a straight line, then leave the stage. *This walk may be modified at the Promoters discretion.

 

Individual presentations should be done tastefully and be conducive to a family atmosphere. Bodybuilding-type poses, fitness moves (like push-ups) and costumes/props should be avoided.